Chattogram, Dec 19 (UNB) – BNP Vice-chairman Giasuddin Quader Chowdhury has been shown arrested in two more cases while its Joint Secretary General Aslam Chowdhury in another case.
Senior Judicial Magistrate SM Shahidullah Kaisar passed the orders following petitions filed by police.
Inspector (Prosecution) of district police Bijon Kumar Barua said investigation officers appealed to the court for showing Giasuddin arrested in the two violence cases filed with Hathazari and Rangunia Police Stations while Aslam in another case filed under Hathazari Police Station in 2013. The BNP leaders’ lawyers filed bail petitions.
After hearing, the court granted the IO’s petitions and rejected the bail pleas, he said.
Giasuddin has been in jail after his surrender on November 22 in five cases filed on charge of threatening to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Meanwhile, Aslam was arrested on May 15, 2016 from the capital after several local newspapers had published reports attaching more than one photographs of the BNP leader’s meeting with Israeli influential leader Mendi N Safadi in India.
Later on May 25, police filed a sedition case against him for his alleged involvement in a plot to oust elected government through illegal means.
Noakhali, Dec 19 (UNB) – Mentioning that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina never reneges on her words, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said at least one member of every family will be given job if she forms the next government.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina translates what she says into action. She never breaks her promises,” he said while conducting electioneering in Kabirhat upazila under his constituency, Noakhali-5.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said the creation of employment facilities for youths was given importance in the Awami League election manifesto unveiled on Tuesday.
He said no one will remain homeless and no house will remain without electricity after 2021.
Turning to his rival from BNP Barrister Moudud Ahmed in the forthcoming parliamentary elections billed for December 30, the ruling party leader said people believe in work. “They want development and work. Tears or weeping can never bag votes,” he said.
He also claimed that Moudud never did any development work in the area although he remained in power for 22 years. “He couldn’t give electricity connection to a single house. They only gave poles of Tarique Rahman and fraudulence. The days of fraudulence are now over.”
Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB) – Awami League joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak on Wednesday said BNP’s election manifesto is extremely ‘disappointing and confusing’ for the nation.
He made the remarks at a press conference at the Awami League president’s Dhanmondi political office.
“When people consider the Awami League’s election manifesto as an encouraging and optimistic one, they treat the BNP’s manifesto extremely disappointing and confusing. People didn’t expect such a manifesto from any democratic party during the month of victory,” Nanak said.
He said BNP’s manifesto favours war criminals as the party avoided the question whether a government led by it would continue the trial of 1971 war criminals.
Nanak also said the BNP manifesto again hurt the Liberation War spirit very much.
"Registration should be cancelled for this manifesto which will provide legal ground for war criminals, razakars and their allies," the AL leader added.
He said BNP will patronise militancy, corruption and terrorism if they come to power again.
Nanak said the Awami League manifesto attracted all, including the young generation. So intellectuals, researchers, economists, development expert expressed their support and satisfaction over the manifesto with the slogan ‘Bangladesh on road to Progress and Prosperity’, he added.
About the alleged meeting between BNP and ISI, Nanak said, “We came to know about the meeting with the ISI through media. It proves that BNP-Jamaat clique wants to foil the 11th parliamentary elections. We want to warn people about it.”
The leader also said BNP’s promise to abolish the age limit from entering government jobs is nothing but a farce with youths.
About Awami League rebel candidates, Nanak said there is no rebel candidate except four. “They’ll also stay away from the election race. If not, action will be taken against them.”
AL joint secretary Abdur Rahman, organising secretary Ahmad Hossain, BM Mozammel Haque, Bahauddin Nasim, science secretary engineer Abdus Sabur, information secretary Afzal Hossain, deputy office secretary Biplob Barua, executive member Marufa Akhter Poppy were present at the press conference.
Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB) - Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Wednesday warned that the consequences will be very bad if the 11th parliamentary elections are not held in a fair and credible manner.
“I see a very bright future of the country if the election is held in a fair and acceptable manner. But if a fair election is affected and halted, the consequences will be very dangerous. Everyone should keep it in mind,” he said.
Dr Kamal issued the warning while speaking at a discussion at Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) as the chief guest.
Bangladesh Human Rights Federation arranged the programme on human rights, good governance and voting rights, marking the International Human Rights Day and the country’s Victory Day.
Mentioning that only 10 days are left for the election, the Oikyafront chief called upon the Election Commission (EC) to exert its all constitutional power to ensure a credible balloting and protect people’s voting rights and the count’s independence. “Refrain from implementing the government’s unfair directives.”
He alleged that the police are violating the human rights by creating panic among people. “You (EC) have now all the authorities to stop police from arresting people.”
Voters have their constitutional guarantee to exercise their right to franchise independently. I think you (EC) are aware of it, but remind you again. Use your constitutional power to prevent the police from doing unfair acts,” Dr Kamal, also the Gano Forum, President, added.
He questioned whether the EC has given police any charge to attack people and obstruct them from carrying out electioneering.
“Why’re there so many police personnel on the streets? Whether the law-and-order situation has reached such a situation that the police now need to stand on the streets. If anyone calls it good governance, I’ll say that person is lying. Even, I can say this standing before the police -- arrest me if you can,” the Gono Forum leader said.
He alleged that the government is trying to stage a farce in the name of election by letting police loose against common people.
The Oikyafront chief said the government should not forget that the nation attained the independence and a constitution at the cost of blood of 30 lakh martyrs. “We’re ready to give you all the 300 seats if you want to hold a so-called election.”
He said the government is trying to have its candidates elected by force to retain power for another five years.
Under the circumstances, Dr Kamal said people must get united to exercise their voting rights and ensure good governance and human rights. “I’m observing that the worry of people over their voting rights is growing.”
He said it will be an onslaught on the country’s independence if people fail to cast their votes independently. "No one should carry out such attack as it’s tantamount to sedition."
Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB) – Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Wednesday said Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has hurt the existence of an election commissioner by terming his recent statement over the absence of level-playing field in the election untrue.
“In Rangamati on December 18, CEC KM Nurul Huda said I had lied saying there’s no level-plying filed in the election. I’m strongly protesting his statement. Through his remarks, he has hit the existence of an election commissioner,” he said at a press briefing at the city's Nirbachan Bhaban.
“It should keep in mind that all the commissioners, including the CEC, are equal,” he said.
“Earlier, the CEC made several comments about me, but I never protested. But I couldn’t resist me from protesting his speech in Rangamati on December 18 as he said I lied by saying there’s no level-playing field ahead of the election.”
“Responding to a question of a journalist on December 17, I said them to ask their conscience whether there is any level-playing field. Till now, I’m telling all concerned to analyze their own conscience whether there’s any level-playing field,” said Mahbub Talukder.
EC Mahbub Talukder on Monday said he does not think there is any level-playing for the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
“I don’t think there’s anything like level-playing field. The term ‘level-playing field’ has turned into a pointless world,” he said while replying to queries from reporters in written.