Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) – Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Thursday said BNP’s threat for waging a strong movement is like the roar of a sick caged lion.
“People only get charmed with it (threat for movement). There’s no point of issuing such threat as we’ve been seeing BNP is working out its strategy for a movement over the last 10 years,” he said.
Mahmud, also the publicity and publication affairs secretary of Awami League, came up with the remarks while speaking at the biennial council of Dhaka north city unit Awami Muktijoddha Projornma League at Bangabandhu avenue in the capital.
BNP leaders at different programmes recently accused the ruling party leaders of staging a drama by making various remarks on Khaleda Zia’s release on parole. They also threatened to launch a strong movement to have her freed from jail.
Trashing BNP’s allegation, the minister said it is BNP, not the government, is doing politics over Khaleda’s treatment and health issue.
“Khaleda Zia has long been suffering from pain in her knees and back. Even, she discharged the duty of the Prime Minister twice with that pain. BNP leaders are now making Khaleda Zia a person of mockery by holding press conferences regularly over the issue,” he observed.
Mahmud also turned down BNP’s allegation that the government is trying to forcibly give Khaleda parole, saying there is no scope to release any prisoner on parole without any application. “I urge the BNP leaders to read the laws and rules.”
Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) – As the party is beset with infighting following its chairman’s some recent decisions, Jatiya Party Cochairman GM Quader on Thursday urged his party colleagues to get united putting aside all the disputes to restore organisational discipline.
Exchanging views with Jatiya Party leaders and activists at its chairman’s Banani office, he also said he wants to strengthen their party with the cooperation of party leaders and activists at all levels.
“I’ll be there in politics in the interest of the country, and I want to do politics with all. We all must get united to restore discipline in the party,” Quader said.
In a dramatic move, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on April 6 reinstated his younger brother GM Quader as party chairman in his absence.
He took the decision just two days after Quader was reinstated as the party's cochairman, fueling the party’s internal feud.
The maverick former military strongman, known for frequently changing his decisions, relieved GM Quader of Jatiya Party's cochairman post and its organisational duty on March 22.
Justifying his brother’s decision to pick him as his successor, Quader said Ershad will remain the party chairman and the top-most leader as long as he is alive. “But people in the northern region think Jatiya Party must be led by a leader from HM Ershad’s family and Rangpur in his absence.”
He also claimed party leaders and activists in all other regions also have the same desire.
Quader said the northerners consider Jatiya Party as a political force in favour of them, and they will always remember with gratitude the huge development in the region carried out during Ershad’s regime.
Since the people of the northern region count on Jatiya Party, he said they want anyone from Ershad’s family with whom he has blood conception to lead the party in his absence.
The Jatiya Party cochairman also claimed that the allegations brought against him were not proved true as people across the country disapproved those with their spontaneous protest programmes.
Earlier, Ershad had accused Quader of failing to run the party and creating divisions in it.
New Delhi, Apr 11 (AP/UNB) — Polls opened Thursday in the first phase of India's general elections, seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party.
A festive spirit prevailed as men and women in colorful clothes made their way to heavily guarded voting stations in large numbers.
Voters in 18 Indian states and two Union Territories are casting ballots on Thursday, the first day of a seven-phase election staggered over six weeks in the country of 1.3 billion people.
The election is the world's largest democratic exercise. Modi supporters say the tea seller's son from Gujarat state has improved the nation's standing. But critics say his party's Hindu nationalism has aggravated religious tensions in India.
A polling officer puts indelible ink mark on the index finger of a voter for the first phase of general elections, near Ghaziabad, India Thursday, April 11, 2019.
Thursday's voting is important for the BJP as it had won only 32 of 91 seats in the previous 2014 elections. It is seeking to improve its tally this time.
Some 900 million people are eligible to cast ballots at around a million polling stations across India. They will decide 543 seats in India's lower house of Parliament.
Voting concludes on May 19 and counting is scheduled for May 23.
Modi came to power in 2014 and the party invoked its Hindu nationalist roots before the elections, with Modi at the forefront against the threat of Pakistan, India's Muslim-majority archrival. Hindus comprise about 80% of India's 1.3 billion people.
An Indian Muslim woman casts her vote at a polling station in village Sawaal near Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India, Thursday, April 11, 2019.
Even though India continues to be one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, the Modi-led government's performance on the economy has come under criticism.
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard as a young boy dressed as a policeman stands next to his mother in a queue to cast their votes in village Sawaal near Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India, Thursday, April 11, 2019.
The first item in the opposition Congress party's election manifesto describes a plan for creating jobs. It also promises an income subsidy program for the poorest families and for farmers.
Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) – A 45-meber partial central committee of Kalyan Party, one of the components of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, was announced on Wednesday.
Syed Muhammad Ibrahim was reelected party’s chairman while MM Aminur Rahman secretary general at the party’s fourth national council held on April 6, said a party press release.
AFM Nuruddin, Matiar Rahman, Sohidur Rahman, Syed Muhammad Nazrul Islam, Ali Hossain Faraizi, Mahmud Khan, ANM Jakiul Haque, Shamsuddin Parvez and Ahsan Habib Imruz were elected party’s vice-chairmen.
Nurul Kabir Bhuiyan Pintu, Rashed Ferdous, Sohel Mollah, Nurul Afsar and Al Amin Bhuiyan were made Kalyan Party’s joint secretaries general.
The full-fledged 101-member central committee of the party will be announced within a few days, the press release added.
Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday alleged that ruling party leaders and ministers are talking about the release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole with an ‘evil’ motive.
“The government is now talking about our leader’s (Khaleda’s) parole after putting her life at risk. It’s a mockery of the government over her life and treatment,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he said several ministers and Awami League leaders are relentlessly talking about their chairperson’s release on parole.
“She (Khaleda) will get released on bail through normal legal process. So, there’s an evil motive behind the ruling party leaders’ assertions over her parole. They’re also talking about it as part of their plot,” the BNP leader said.
He urged the government to ensure unconditional release of their ailing chairperson. “Don’t create a smokescreen by talking about parole.”
Otherwise, Rizvi said, their party together with people will take to the streets to have Khaleda freed from jail.
He also accused the government of spreading misleading information through the media about their chairperson’s domestic help Fatema Begum, who has been staying with her in jail.
“Khaleda Zia needs someone to assist her as it’s difficult for her to move and walk independently. That’s why Fatema has been staying with her following a court order. But the government is conducting propaganda through its controlled media over the matter,” Rizvi said.
Though a government-backed electronic media ran false news that Fatema’s family is in trouble as they are not getting her sally regularly, Rizvi said some newspapers presented the right information that Fatema’s mother is receiving the salary every month.
The BNP leader alleged that Fatema’s father was intimidated to tell the electronic media some wrong information about her stay in jail and her salary only to confuse people.