Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) - BNP Organizing Secretary Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu on Tuesday questioned why BNP contestants’ nominations were rejected when Awami League candidates Haji Mohammad Salim and Pankaj Devnath were allowed to take part in the election despite being convicted in corruption cases.
"Haji Salim was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment while Pankaj Devnath was jailed for 12 years in corruption cases. I want to ask through the media if they can participate in the election, why Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku and other BNP leaders cannot join the polls,” he said while talking to reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban.
The BNP leader went to the Election Commission in the morning for submitting appeal against the rejection of his nomination paper.
The returning officer of Natore cancelled Dulu’s nomination for contesting the forthcoming general election from Natore-2 constituency for his conviction.
Claiming that his nomination paper was revoked in a planned way, the BNP leader said the government wants to hold a 2014-like lopsided election so that they can go to power for another five years. “They want to keep BNP out of the election race as they know our party will surely win the election.”
He also said they will be in the field till December 30. “Country’s people remain with us. We’ll face government’s all conspiracies together with people."
Dulu also said they will move the High Court if they do not get remedy from the Election Commission.
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) - General secretary of Bangladesh Samyabadi Dal Dilip Barua on Tuesday said the 14 party-alliance has requested the Election Commission to be cautious over the secret agenda of the foreign election observers and suggested them to be careful.
“We asked the Election Commission that foreign observers will come from different countries during the election and sometimes it is seen that some of them have hidden agenda. So, we’ve requested the commission to be aware of the issue as no one can raise any question over the 11th national election,” he said.
Dilip Barua was talking to reporters after a meeting with EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
A four-member delegation of the alliance, led by Dilip Barua, came to the Election Commission office in the morning.
While reading out a written statement of the alliance, Barua said there are allegations that some local and foreign observers work with a motive in the name of election monitoring and some others gather secret information concealing their identities.
"That’s a complete violation of election rules,” he said.
Claiming that BNP and Oikyafront are playing blame a game over the election, Dilip Barua said, "BNP and Oikyafront are trying to make the election questionable both at the national and international levels.”
This alliance can stage something like acts of sabotage before the election, he feared.
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Tuesday said the Election Commission will neutrally dispose of appeals filed against the decisions of the returning officers over rejection and acceptance of nomination papers.
“Those who’re filing petitions their appeals will be disposed of in a legal and neutral way,” he said while visiting booths set up to receive appeals on the premises of Nirbachan Bhaban in the city at noon.
In replying to a question whether the EC will ensure justice in disposal of the appeals, the Election Commissioner said the justice is a relative matter. But the Election Commission will take the decision hearing all partners of the appeals, he added.
Mahbub Talukder said he had been there to visit the booths to know whether the petitioners face troubles in filing their appeals.
The Election Commission on Tuesday set up eight booths on its secretariat’s premises for registering petitions from the aggrieved aspirants of the country’s eight divisions.
The Commission on Monday started receiving appeals at its reception room. A total of 84 petitions were received on the first day.
On the second day, more than 150 petitions were submitted till 4pm.
Immediate past Jatiya Party Secretary General ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader (Patuakhali-1), Jatiya Party aspirant film actor Sohel Rana (Barishal-2), BNP aspirant Sabira Sultana (Jashore-2) and BNP aspirant Barrister Mir Mohammad Helaluddin who happens to be son of BNP leader Mir Mohammad Nasir (Chattogram-5) were among those who submitted the petition.
The EC, which has the appellate jurisdiction, will also receive the petition on Wednesday.
The Commission will dispose of the petitions on December 6-8 following hearings. The quasi-judicial body has already set up the hearing rooms at the Nirbachan Bhaban.
Even if anyone is aggrieved with the EC’s decision in this regard, the person will go to the High Court to seek a solution.
Returning officers on Sunday accepted total 2,279 nomination papers and turned down 786 others submitted in the country’s 300 constituencies to contest the 11th national election slated for December 30.
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) - Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront on Tuesday decided to form its coordination committee based on every constituency to carry out electioneering in favour of the candidates of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
BNP vice-chairman Barkatullah Bulu came up with the announcement after a joint meeting of Jatiya Oikyafront’s central coordination and Dhaka city unit committees.
The meeting was held at its temporary office at Pritam Zaman tower in the city’s Old Paltan area.
“Jatiya Oikyafront candidates will be provided with the election symbol, ‘Sheaf of Paddy’, after December 8. We want to work unitedly for a lone candidate of Oikyafront in every seat to ensure the victory of the alliance,” he said.
“We’ve decided to form Oikyafront’s coordination committee based on every constituency and the committee will steer the election activities of the front’s candidates,” he said.
Replying to a question, Bulu said they have sent a letter to the leaders of their every district unit to immediately form the committee.
He said they are expecting that all the coordination committee will be formed before finalising Oikyafront’s candidates for 300 seats.
The BNP leader said their leaders and activists will reach out to people in every area of the country to carry out electioneering in favour of Oikyafront’s runners braving all the obstacles.
The senior leaders of BNP, Gano Forum, Nagorik Oikya and Krishak Sramik Janata League were present at the meeting.
Dec 4 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday alleged that BNP nominated their candidates for the upcoming general election in exchange of money.
Quader made the allegation at the Awami League president’s Dhanmondi political office here.
“BNP leaders were engaged in nomination trade. The people who didn’t get the party tickets despite giving money are now looking for the BNP leaders. This is why the leaders who took money are now on the run …there’s no political issue,” he said.
Quader, who is also the Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, said, “BNP has been conspiring to destabilise the election atmosphere to quit the election. So, the party is trying to use the issue of Tabligh Jamaat and many others as they have no ability to wage any movement.”
About BNP’s allegation that the government is out to annihilate the Zia family, he said, “The court and the EC have taken actions against Khaleda Zia and BNP leaders. Awami League didn’t influence it in any away.”
“History says that the Zia family was engaged in all kinds of conspiracy to vanish the Bangabandhu family. Who had sent the killers of Bangabandhu abroad through the indemnity ordinance and who brought the Fifth Amendment? It’s BNP that did it.”
Quader went on to say, “They were also engaged in the August 15 killing. They rewarded the murderers again and reinstated them in politics. Even they tried to kill Awami League president Sheikh Hasina and its senior leaders through the 21st August grenade attack during their tenure.“