Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Tuesday warned that they will put up a strong resistance together with people against attacks on their candidates and activists across the country.
Speaking at a press conference after a joint meeting of BNP and the Jatiya Oikyafront leaders at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he alleged that Awami League activists attacked their party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam’s motorcade in Thakurgaon with police protection.
“We strongly condemn such attack and repression by ruling party men with the help of police. Their attitude doesn’t scare us. People put up a resistance after the attack on our secretary general’s motorcade, and they we’ll do the same across the country,” Nazrul warned.
He said several thousand people took to the streets in Thakurgaon’s Danarhat area in protest against the attack on Fakhrul’s motorcade.
Nazrul alleged that the ruling party activists foiled their candidate Moudud Ahmed’s rally in Noakhali’s Kabirhat and injured their 30 activists.
He said the ruling party followers also attacked the houses of at least 25 BNP activists there, but police arrested district unit BNP leader Ekram Uddin.
Nazrul also condemned the attack on the motorcade of their party’s Bogura-5 candidate GM Siraj by a ‘group; of ruling party men.
He called upon journalists to properly run news on the attacks on their party leaders and activists.
Nazrul urged the Election Commission to look into the incidents and take steps to stop the continued arrest their leaders and activists.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) - Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday asked the judicial magistrates, who will be deployed during the upcoming parliamentary polls, to carry out their duties neutrally.
“With you [magistrates] on the ground, we’re optimistic that the election atmosphere will be nice…the heat of the election is spreading. So, we must not let anything disrupt the atmosphere,” he said.
The CEC was addressing a meeting with the magistrates at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
Nurul Huda further said, “Our main duty will be on December 30. We’ve to ensure fair balloting and that everyone follows the electoral code of conduct. We have to create an environment that will allow people to go back home safely after casting their votes.”
The CEC reminded the magistrates that political parties are not allowed to take out processions on the day after the election and asked them to remain alert against forces that may upset the democratic setting.
“Everyone must follow the rules strictly,” he added.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, is going to kick off its election campaign from Sylhet on Wednesday.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan came up with the announcement at a press conference after a joint meeting of BNP and Oikyafront leaders at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
“We’ll start our election campaign by offering fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Shah Paran (R) on Wednesday,” he said.
Nazrul said Dr Kamal Hossain, JSD president Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Kader Siddiqui and some other leaders of their alliance are expected to go to Sylhet to launch the electioneering.
After offering fateha at the two shrines, he said the alliance leaders conduct election campaign in Sylhet city, though the candidates of the alliance informally launched campaign on Monday after the distribution of the election symbol by the Election Commission.
BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury and general secretary Mustafa Mohsin Montu JSD joint general secretary Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury, among others, joined the meeting held with Nazrul Islam Khan in the chair.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) - BNP leader Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that voters were being intimidated and harassed in his constituency Bhola-3.
"Voters are being intimidated while repression of BNP leaders and activists has been on the rise," he told reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city after placing the complaint.
The written complaint was handed over to Election Commissioner Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury.
Hafizuddin claimed that he cannot go to his electoral area due to fear for life as ‘terrorists’ equipped with lethal weapons were ‘attacking’ innocent BNP leaders and activists.
Many senior leaders, including Jubo Dal district unit president Jamal Uddin and its general secretary Selim, are now receiving treatment at hospital after being injured in attacks, he alleged.
The BNP leader claimed that the law-and-order situation has turned worse ahead of the national election as the EC is playing a silent role instead of conducting drives to recover illegal firearms.
Meanwhile, BNP candidate for Noakhali-1 Mahbub Uddin Khokon lodged several complaints with the EC, alleging that police were making wholesale arrest of BNP leaders and activists in his constituency and elsewhere across the country.
After submitting the complaints, he told reporters that the EC has no control over the police and field administrations.
Noakhali, Dec 11 (UNB) – Ruling party activists allegedly attacked BNP leaders and activists at Kabirhat over holding a rally of BNP candidate for Noakhali-5 seat Moudud Ahmed, leaving 30 people injured.
Witness said a group of Awami League activists swooped on BNP workers while they were preparing for holding a rally there around 11am. Moudud was scheduled to address the rally.
Talking to UNB, Moudud said they took permission from the local administration to hold a rally at Kabirhat Zero Point, but the ruling party men attacked his supporters without any provocation and foiled the rally.
Besides, he said, the activists of his opponent and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader also attacked his supporters at different places on their way to attend the rally.
The BNP leader claimed that at least his 50 supporters were injured in the attacks.
However, Kabirhat Upazila unit Awami League president Nurul Amin said BNP supporters attacked a business institution of local Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain and manhandled him.
As local Awami League leaders and activists came forward to rescue him, the unruly BNP supporters also attacked them, leaving their 10 leaders and workers injured.
District unit BNP general secretary Abdur Rahman said Awami League candidate for Noakhali-4 Ekramul Karim Chowdhury at a rally at Kabirhat on Monday asked their party men to resist Moudud wherever they will get him.
A day after such provocative remark, he said the ruling party men attacked Moudud’s scheduled rally and foiled it, injuring their 20 leaders and activists.
He said their many other leaders and activists were also attacked at different places by Quader’s supporters.