Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – The Chhagalnaiya Upazila polls, scheduled for March 31, was stayed by the Appellate Division chamber judge on Monday after hearing a petition on the candidacy of two independent candidates.
Justice Hasan Foez Siddique stayed the candidacy and set March 31 for hearing the petition by a full Appellate bench.
Local Awami League leader Shahidullah Majumdar and former Chhatra League leader Abdul Halim’s nominations were scrapped by the returning officers on March 6. The duo moved the High Court Division after the Election Commission rejected their plea.
On March 14, the High Court declared their candidacy legal, prompting Awami League candidate and incumbent Upazila Chairman Mejbahul Haidar Chowdhury Shohel to move the Appellate Division.
A new date for Chhagalnaiya Upazila polls will be fixed later by the Election Commission.
The third phase of upazila election was held on Sunday in 117 upazilas amid reports of sporadic violence and allegations of vote rigging and other irregularities. The first and second phase took place on March 10 and March 18 respectively, while the fourth phase is scheduled for March 31.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – The maiden election to Mymensingh City Corporation will be held on May 5, the Election Commission (EC) announced on Monday.
Electronic voting machines will be used in all the 130 voting stations in the election of the country’s 12th city corporation.
EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed declared the election schedule after the 46th meeting of the Commission at Nirbachan Bhaban in city.
According to the schedule, the deadline for submission of nomination paper is April 8, while the date for the scrutiny of the nomination papers is April 10 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 17, he said.
“The entire city election will be held with EVMs,” said the EC Secretary.
The government upgraded Mymensingh municipality to the country’s 12th city corporation in April last year, which has 471,858 people in its 91.315 sqkm areas.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – Jatiya party senior cochairman Raushon Ershad has got the official recognition as deputy leader of the opposition in parliament.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury gave the recognition on Sunday following a letter sent to her on March 23 by leader of the opposition in parliament HM Ershad to take steps in this regard, said a gazette notification issued by the Parliament Secretariat.
On Saturday, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad and leader of the opposition in parliament HM Ershad removed his brother GM Quader from the post of deputy opposition leader and replaced him with Raushon.
The maverick former military strongman, known for frequently changing his decisions, sacked his brother from the party post of cochairman on Friday.
On January 4, Ershad had nominated his brother as the deputy leader of the opposition in parliament.
Raushon, the party’s senior cochairman, was the opposition leader in 10th parliament.
Dhaka, Mar 24 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the ruling party is out to destroy their party’s unity with other parties in a planned way.
Speaking at a discussion, he also warned BNP leaders and activists that they will not be able to oust the current ‘autocratic’ government only driven by emotion without consolidating their party’s unity with other parties and people.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks as some party leaders questioned the justification of forming the Jatiya Oikyafront under the leadership of Dr Kamal Hossain and joining the next 11th parliamentary election under a partisan government.
KM Obaidur Rahman Smriti Sangsad arranged the programme at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh, marking former BNP secretary general Obaidur Rahman’s 12th death anniversary.
“The fascist and autocratic Awami League government is trying to spoil the unity of people in a planned way. But we’re determined to cement the unity further as per the directives of our leader (Khaleda Zia),” Fakhrul said.
He said they will work to unite the country’s people to defeat the current ‘despotic’ government. “It’s not possible to win the war only with emotion as unity is necessary for it. We must keep intact people’s unity foiling all plots.”
Explaining the reason behind the formation of Jatiya Oikyafront and their participation in the December-30 polls, the BNP leader said they did it following the directives of Khaleda Zia.
“We joined the election as part of our movement to free people from the misrule of the authoritarian regime as per the directives of our chairperson. We contacted her in jail before the election and she asked us to join the polls and create people’s unity,” Fakhrul said.
Even after the election, he said Khaleda directed them to keep the unity intact.
Pointing at the party leaders who talked about announcing action programmes to have Khaleda freed from jail, the BNP leader said, “You’ve said many things here. But we saw who joined and who skipped the programmes we announced after our leader (Khaleda) had been arrested.”
He also reminded the party leaders that it will not be possible to oust the current government only by delivering speeches in indoor programmes.
As some leaders started shouting demanding action programmes, Fakhrul asked them to come to the stage and say whatever they want. Then, a Dhaka College Chhatra Dal leader asked Fakhrul as to why Jatiya Oikyafront in their announced programmes did not seek Khaleda’s release.
In reply, he urged the party men not to mislead people with false statements as Oikyafront demanded Khaleda’s release in their programmes. “Now our main target is to remove the current fascist regime. But we won’t be able to do that if our unity is harmed.”
Earlier speaking at the programme, BNP vice chairman Shah Moazzem Hossain questioned as to why their party joined the national election without the restoration of caretaker government and release of Khaleda Zia. “We must find out the reason. I’ve many other questions that I’ll raise at the party meeting.”
Without mentioning Dr Kamal’s name, he also questioned the justification of forming the Jatiya Oikyafront under the leadership of an unpopular leader who was defeated to elderly Abdus Sattar with a big margin in a presidential election. “What was wrong to make Fakhrul the leader? We don't need any other leader when we’ve our leader Khaleda Zia and secretary general Fakhrul.”
Oikyafront leaders ASM Abdur Rob and Mahmudur Rahman Manna joined the programme. Their faces turned red when Shah Moazzem was making such remarks.
Dhaka, Mar 23 (UNB) - Dr Kamal Hossain’s Gono Forum will form a human chain programme in the capital on April 1 to push for its 14-point demand for ensuring safe roads and restoration of discipline in the transport sector.
The programme which will be held in front of the Jatiya Press Club is also meant for registering the party’s protest against the government’s move to hike gas tariffs.
Gono Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu announced the programme at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club.
“We took to the streets demanding safe roads earlier when students waged a movement to this end. We’re also going to form a human chain from 3pm to 5pm in front of the Jatiya Press Club on April 1 with the same demand in line with the students and youths,” he said.
Through the programme, Montu said, they will also protest the fresh proposal for raising gas tariffs.
He urged the people of all walks of life, including students, to participate in the programme and make it a success.
Gono Forum’s 14 demands include, upgrading the transport sector-related laws and ensuring their proper enforcement, making the sector free from political influence, enhancing the skills of drivers through training, fixing specific wages and working hours for drivers, ensuring punishment to those transport owners and workers responsible for road accidents, introducing the new franchising bus service system, removing unfit vehicles from the streets, conducting continuous drives against fake and unskilled drivers and creating a specific lane for public transport and enhancing the quality of their services.
The party also demanded security on the roads in front of the public and private hospitals, installing footbridges and having speed-breakers on roads in front of educational institutions, stopping extortion in the transport sector, creating a fund with the supervision of a regulatory body for the victims of the road accidents and taking suggestions from experts and giving priority to people’s interests in constructing roads and bridges and working out transport strategies.