Faridpur, Dec 16 (UNB) – Awami League candidate for Faridpur-3 constituency Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday alleged that BNP contestant Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf is in a secret entente with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.
He made the allegation while addressing an election rally at Sarda Sundari Girls’ School field in the district town.
Mosharraf, also LGRD and Cooperatives Minister, said he received a phone call from the Election Commission when they wanted to know about Yusuf’s allegation that the BNP contestant was being obstructed from carrying out electioneering.
“I phoned the CEC to talk to him over the allegation, but he didn’t receive my call. Even, he didn’t call me back showing courtesy. Isn’t it EC’s partiality? They've certainly an entente with the Commission,” he said, adding that the CEC cannot behave like this.
The ruling party contender also alleged that the BNP candidate has lost his sense to differentiate the good and the bad as leaders and activists of his party and people have no participation in his electioneering.
He claimed that Yusuf was bringing such allegations as he was looking for a way to quit the election race.
Dhaka, Dec 16 (UNB)- Activists of the Awami League and its front organisations were accused in a case on early Sunday in connection with the attack on Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade.
Oikyafront candidate Syed Md Abu Bakr Siddiqui filed the case with Darus Salam police naming 12 men.
Dr Kamal’s motorcade was attacked near Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur on Friday morning. At least 10 people were injured but the Oikyafront leader escaped unhurt.
Sources at Darus Salam Police Station said the case named Awami League’s Shah Ali unit Organising Secretary Mufizul Islam Shovo, Office Secretary Md Rony; Swechchhasebak League’s Darus Salam unit Convenor Md Islam, activists Md Badal, Md Jowel, Sheikh Faruk alias Tukai Faruk; Jubo League leader Md Sohel; Chhatra League’s Darus Salam unit chief Sheikh Rajun, Shah Ali unit President Md Jakir, General Secretary Saikat, and activist Nabil Khan, and Shaon.
Sub-Inspector Md Junayed has been made the case’s investigation officer.
Dhaka, Dec 16 (UNB) – People ‘disguised as freedom fighters’ are banding together in the BNP and the Jatiya Oikyafront ahead of the national election, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader claimed on Sunday.
“The people of Bangladesh will defeat this evil force,” he said after paying homage to freedom fighters at Shaheed Muktijuddha Mausoleum in Feni.
Quader accused the BNP and Oikyafront of “joining hands with sinister forces” after realising that they would not win the December 30 national polls.
The BNP boycotted the last election, but decided to contest the next one. Its Chairperson Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, is currently in jail in corruption cases. In October, BNP joined newly-formed political alliance Oikyafront, whose key demands include Khaleda’s release and national election under a non-partisan body.
In Noakhali, Quader said there were two political forces in the country. “The one in favour of Liberation War and democracy is led by Sheikh Hasina. The other is the evil communal force defeated in 1971. It has gathered in Oikyafront under BNP’s leadership,” he said.
Quader was confident about winning the next general election. “We achieved victory in the Liberation War under Bangabandhu’s leadership and will win the election led by Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
‘BNP responsible for Noakhali violence’
The Awami League leader blamed the Oikyafront for electoral violence. He claimed that the alliance had engaged in “provocative activities” after failing to gain popular support.
“The BNP plotted the Noakhali attack to create unrest,” he alleged, replying to a question. “They also vandalised Awami League election office and shops.”
Four people, including Barrister Mahabub Uddin Khokon, reportedly suffered bullets injuries after Awami League and BNP activists clashed in Sonaimuri municipality on Saturday afternoon. Thirty-six more people were injured.
Quader said police had to intervene and fire rubber bullets to control the situation. “Khokon was hit by rubber bullets and did not need to stay in hospital … [he] left after receiving first aid,” the Awami League leader said.
Emdadul Haque, Sonaimuri Police Station’s inspector (investigation), claimed there was no firing and suggested that Khokon “might have been hit by splinters from an improvised bomb.”
BNP’s Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that Sonaimuri Police Station Officer-in-Charge Abdul Mazid himself shot Khokon to kill him.
Dhaka, Dec 16 (UNB) - BNP Vice-chairman Selima Rahman on Sunday alleged that police were obstructing BNP candidates from carrying out electioneering across the country defying Election Commission's directives.
"Police are hindering our election campaign. They’re not following the Election Commission's directives," she told reporters after lodging a written complaint with the EC against ‘police’ attacks on their candidates and activists, and their arrest.
The BNP leader handed over the complaint to EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed at the latter's office in the city's Nirbachan Bhaban.
Selima Rahman said no BNP candidate can conduct electioneering in Dhaka. "Police act like our rivals. They don't allow us to carry out our campaign. The government wants to arrange a 2014-like lopsided election."
In the written complaint, BNP alleged that the ruling party men and police were carrying out attacks on the candidates and activists of Jatiya Oikyafront, BNP-led 20-party alliance and BNP while wholesale arrest continued.
Attack by the ruling party men and police, arrest and filing of cases against them have been on the rise since the official campaign began, it claimed.
The party also cited the attacks on its candidates, including Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon in Noakhali and Mirza Abbas in Dhaka, in several places.
Meanwhile, Khokon's son Barrister Shakib Mahbub on Sunday demanded the Election Commission withdraw officer-in-charge of Sonaimuri Police Station in Noakhali Abdul Majid immediately for ‘attacking’ the BNP candidate and 40 other party leaders and activists on Saturday.
Shakib placed the demand in a letter submitted to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.
Dhaka, Dec 16 (UNB) – In the wake of ‘attacks’ on the Jatiya Oikyafront candidates in many places and the arrest of its leaders and activists, alliance chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Sunday feared whether the government will allow a credible election in the country.
“There remains a fear (about fair election) as they (govt) could have read people’s pulses,” he said while addressing a press conference at the Oikyafront’s Purana Paltan office in the afternoon.
Dr Kamal made the remarks while replying to a question from reporters whether there is any move to foil the election.
He, however, said he did not want to say anything about any move to foil the polls. “We’re only giving you the information but I don’t want to make any comment over it (foiling election).”
As per the Constitution, people are owners of the country and they will elect their representatives through an election, the Oikyafront leader said.
He said they have been carrying out a movement to ensure a free, fair and impartial election.
Dr Kamal urged journalists to play a vital role so that people can cast their votes properly and independently.
About attacks on Oikyafront candidates and their supports at different parts of the country, he said it is very regrettable that voters are being intimidated while candidates are being obstructed from carrying out electioneering. “The candidates are being shot during election campaign but no legal action is being taken against the attackers.”
The Oikyafront chief also alleged that the opposition candidates are being harassed and arrested destroying the election atmosphere.
He feared what will happen on the election days as the way opposition candidates and their supporters are now being attacked and repressed.
Dr Kamal urged the country’s people to guard polling stations on December 30 and remain alert so that voters can exercise their franchise properly.
He also said they will present their alliance’s election manifesto at a press conference at Hotel Purbani in the city at 11am on Monday.
Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and BNP Vice-chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo, among others, spoke at the press conference.