Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB) - A total of 53 BNP men were sued while 15 arrested in Bogura, Munshiganj and Khulna districts on Tuesday.
In Bogura, a case was filed against 34 BNP members including convener of Shibganj upazila unit and 15 unnamed people on charge of attacking the convoy of Awami League candidate of Bogura–2 constituency Shariful Islam Jinnah during electioneering.
Sanaullah Sana, joint convener of Juba Sanghati upazila unit, filed the case over the attack that was launched in Bhaiyerpukur area of Shibganj upazila around 9:30 pm on Monday night.
In Munshiganj, another 19 BNP members were sued for allegedly torching an election camp of ruling party at Palgaon in Louhajang upazila.
Juba League president Md Alamgir Kabir filed the case accusing 19 BNP men and 7-8 unnamed people.
Officer-in-charge of Louhajang Police Station also held three BNP men in this regard.
In Khulna, BNP candidate of Khulna–3 constituency Rokibul Islam Bakul alleged that police detained 12 BNP men on Tuesday without filing any case.
He also submitted a memorandum to the returning officer seeking remedy of the the matter.
He said Awami League and Chhatra League activists persistently attacking and threatening the BNP supporters while, on the other hand, police have been arresting local leaders of BNP by lodging fake cases.
Meanwhile, in Barishal, police arrested 12 leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami during drives in different areas in the city.
They also seized books on militancy and leaflets from their procession.
Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB) – Bangladesh Awami League on Tuesday unveiled its 21-point manifesto for the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections promising to ensure urban facilities in every village and use the potentials of youths for the progress of the country with the slogan - ‘Bangladesh on the march towards prosperity’.
AL President Sheikh Hasina read out the summary of the election manifesto at a function held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
The manifesto focuses on 33 sectors to work under two strategic plans for making Bangladesh a hunger- and poverty- free country, and educated and secular nation.
Hasina said if Awami League is voted to power, it will further strengthen the ongoing process of institutionalising democracy while initiatives will be taken to make Parliament more effective.
“At the same time, efforts will continue to strengthen the National Human Rights Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission, media and judiciary,” she said.
“If we’re voted to power, we’ll undertake and implement programmes aimed at turning villages into townships. The facilities of towns will reach the villages. In the next five years, electricity will be provided to every house. All the villages of the country will be connected with upazila/zila through pucca roads,” said Hasina.
“If we come to power, we’ll create employment opportunities for 1.28 crore people in the next five years. Employment opportunities for 1,000 youths from each upazila will be created outside the country,” she added.
Alongside ensuring universal human rights, any attempt to trample the human rights will be prevented while efforts to ensure the independence and effectiveness of the National Human Rights Commission will continue, she said.
Hasina said work on building a modern, technology-based, skilled, corruption-free patriot mass-oriented administration will continue, and transparency, accountability, fairness and service of the administration will be ensured.
The AL chief said the campaign against militancy, drugs and corruption will continue.
“We’ll take a zero-tolerance policy against corruption. Apart from strengthening the Anti-Corruption Commission, public awareness programme against the menace will be strengthened. Besides, steps will be taken to bring corruption to zero level utilising ICT.”
The highest priority will be given to uprooting terrorism, extortion and land-grabbing, she said.
About the decentralisation of power, Hasina said UP, upazila and zila parishads, pourasava and city corporations have been strengthened through decentralisation of power and the process will further be strengthened. “If we come to power, more financial and administrative authorities will be decentralised to local government bodies. The government’s assistance and efforts will continue to widen and improve civic amenities.”
She vowed to increase the GDP growth to 10 percent in the next five years while the per capita income of the people of Bangladesh will be over US$ 5,479 in 2030.
Hasina also said the scope for education of children in a better environment will be ensured where potable water and improved sanitation will be ensured. Infrastructures for healthy entertainment and sports will be built.
“For employment, mills and factories will be built at zila/upazila levels. Internet and modern technologies will be spread all over the country,” the AL chief said.
About the utilisation of youths in making prosperity for the country, she said Bangladesh Awami League is committed to building an organised, disciplined and production-oriented youth force.
Hasina said an integrated database for less educated, medium educated and higher educated youths will be prepared at the national level.
“We’re providing up to Tk 2 lakh collateral-free loan through Karmasangsthan Bank to increase entrepreneurship and self-employment. In the future, the facilities will be widened.”
For ensuring a healthy entertainment for youths, she said, an entertainment centre will be built at each upazila and a youth sports complex at each district.
She also promised to reduce child marriage to near zero.
Mentioning that 4.92 crore people are now getting various financial assistance under the social safety net programme, Hasina said, “In the next five years, the number will be doubled and the amount of assistance will also be increased. The poverty rate will be decreased to 12.3 percent and that of extreme poverty to 5 percent.”
She also said the regular income for at least one member of a family will be ensured.
“A modern industrial city will be built on the banks of the Padma River, while an IT park will be established in each divisional city employing a huge number of youths in the next five years,” the AL president said.
She said all the basic rights of workers will be protected and a four-month maternity leave with full salary for female workers will be materialised. “A rationing system for all workers, hardcore poor and rural landless farm labourers will be introduced.”
Hasina said the highest budget allocation will be ensured for the education sector and all-out steps will be taken for improving the standard of education.
She said under one-year children and citizens over 65 years will get free health services.
The ruling party chief said bullet train services between Dhaka and divisional cities will be introduced. In the next five years, a 10,000km waterway will be brought under dredging.
The four rivers around Dhaka will be re-excavated and a new international airport will be set up while the existing domestic and international airports will be modernised.
A tunnel will be constructed under the Jamuna River to ease communication with northern region, she said. “If we’re voted to power, we’ll introduce 5G mobile network service by 2021-23. The price of internet and mobile usage will be reduced to a reasonable level.”
To face the climate change impacts, Hasina announced to increase the size of the productive forest from 13.14 percent in 2015 to 20 percent.
“Special steps will be taken to preserve the memories of the Liberation War throughout the country, prevent the distortion of history and protect the genuine one,“ said the AL chief.
She said Bangladesh will be built with a non-communal spirit. “There’ll be no law against Quraan and Sunnah.”
“All kinds of laws and systems that are discriminatory towards ethnic minorities and ethnic groups will be scrapped,” Hasina said.
She also said the news media which are loyal to social commitments will be promoted from the government side. “Investigative journalism will be inspired and necessary training for journalists will be ensured. The security of journalists and media staff will be ensured for their professional duties. Media-friendly acts will be formulated. There’ll be no misuse of any law against journalists and mass media.”
About the Delta Plan 2100, she mentioned that the government has taken the 100-year plan to face the challenges of climate change to achieve the desired development of the country. “This plan will be helpful to attain the status of the middle-income country by 2030 and a developed one by 2041. The Delta Plan 2100 will create bondage among short- mid- and long-term planning.”
Hasina said Awami League does not believe in words but in deeds. “The commitment of this time, we will ensure sustainable investment and inclusive development.”
She mentioned that it is clear as daylight that the people of Bangladesh get something when Awami League government runs the country. Opportunities and potential of livelihoods and welfare of general people are created.
“To err is human. There may be mistakes from my part or my colleagues while discharging duties. I, on behalf of my own and the party, would like to request the country’s people to forgive the mistakes,” she said.
Hasina appealed to the country’s people to cast their votes in favour of Awami League and ensure its victory on December 30.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, convener of the manifesto preparing committee and Awami League presidium member Dr Abdur Razzak also spoke on the occasion.
Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB) – BNP candidate for Dhaka-9 constituency Afroza Abbas and her supporters came under attack allegedly by Awami League men while conducting electioneering in the city’s Khilgaon area on Tuesday morning, leaving an unspecific number of people injured.
At a press conference at her Shahjahanpur residence in the evening, Afroza Abbas alleged that leaders and activists of Awami League and its front organisations swooped on them while they were carrying out campaign at Nawabi intersection in front of Shantipur School around 11am.
She also claimed that the attack left over 80 of her supporters injured while police arrested two others -- Jalal Uddin Zaman, organising secretary of Khilgaon thana unit BNP, and Abul Hasnat Anu, president of Khilgaon thana unit Jubo Dal -–from the spot.
The injured were taken to different hospitals.
The BNP candidate also alleged that although her followers were being attacked, police filed cases against them instead of taking action against the attackers.
On December 12, the campaign convoy of BNP’s Dhaka-9 seat candidate Afroza Abbas reportedly came under attack twice at Kamalapur and Madartek in the city by ruling party followers, leaving five people injured.
Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said her government wants to fulfill the expectations of the young generation about future Bangladesh if it is voted to power again through the upcoming general election.
"We want to fulfill the expectations of our young generation and new voters about Bangladesh," she said while addressing a public rally in Bandarban through videoconferencing from her residence Sudha Sadhan in the capital.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, addressed another public rally in Kishoreganj also through videoconferencing from the same place.
Speaking at the Bandarban rally, the Prime Minister said her party has a commitment to build a bright future for the young generation and it gave importance to creating job opportunities for them.
"I'm truly very optimistic that our young generation is very talented. They’re going forward. They’re acquiring knowledge through science and technology," she said, adding that she talked to the youth recently to know about their views and expectations.
About the CHT Peace Accord signed in 1997, Hasina said a 'suicidal conflict' had started unfortunately after the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, which continued for some 20 years. "We don't want any conflict, we want peace," she said.
Noting that Bangladesh is now a digital country, she said the mobile network had not been installed in the Chattogram Hill Tracks region in the past, but her government brought the hilly areas under the mobile network coverage. “Now, every person of the CHT region has mobile phone in his/her hand,” she said.
Seeking votes for Awami League's electoral symbol 'Boat', Hasina said when Awami League forms the government with people’s mandate, the country sees huge development and the people get the benefits of this development.
Listing various development activities taken by her government for the CHT region, she said it is bringing the hilly districts under the electricity coverage through solar power.
The Prime Minister said the CHT is not only a naturally rich region, but also abundant with natural resources. "We'll build the CHT as a developed region," she added.
Noting that Bandarban is an excellent land of natural beauty, she said it will be made a role model for development and tourism.
Awami League candidate for Bandarban constituency Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing and two young voters also spoke at the rally from the Bandarban part.
Addressing the Kishoreganj rally, the Prime Minister said her government's goal is to reach the benefits of the independence to every doorstep and improve the living standard of every citizen. "The Father of the Nation brought us the independence. Now, our goal is to reach the benefits of the independence to every doorstep and improve the lifestyle of every citizen."
She also said her government worked for the development of the people. "Now, the people have got the benefit of this development."
Mentioning that Kishoreganj was once a neglected area, Sheikh Hasina said, "We want to utilise the resources of haor areas. We're taking massive programmes to utilise the resources."
Describing her government's development activities for Kishoreganj, she said 10 of the upazilas of the district have already come under the electricity coverage while the rest three will be brought under the electricity network soon.
The Prime Minister directed her party's local leaders and activists to work unitedly for ensuring victory of AL's five candidates and the Grand Alliance's one contender in Kishoreganj district.
The AL president also asked them to work together and seek votes for AL candidate for Kishoreganj-1 and Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam as he is now sick and receiving treatment abroad.
Ashraful Islam's brother Syed Monjurul Islam, AL candidate for Kishoreganj-2 former IGP Nur Mohammad, AL-led Grand Alliance contender for Kishoreganj-3 Mujibul Haque Chunnu, AL contestant for Kishoreganj-5 Afazal Hossain and AL Kishoreganj district unit president and secretary, among others, spoke on the occasion in the Kishoreganj part.
Cumilla, Dec 18 (UNB) – The BNP was forced to call off two of its scheduled election rallies in Homna Upazila’s Ramkrishnapur and Bagher Bazar on Tuesday after the local administration imposed a ban on gathering.
“The Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) imposed section 144 at the last moment, saying that the local Awami League unit also wants to hold rallies at the same venues,” said Dr Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, the BNP candidate for Cumilla-1 and Cumilla-2 constituencies.
He said they had secured permission for the rallies beforehand.
Mosharraf accused Homna’s assistant returning officer of violating the electoral code of conduct and working for the ruling Awami League.
Meanwhile, the BNP candidate attended several other election rallies at Ghagutia, Dulalpur,Dorirchar, Madhabpur areas and sought vote for his party.
“The government is very frustrated seeing the huge popular support for BNP,” he said.