Tangail, Nov 17 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday said Moulana Bhasani, who had played the key role in all the major movements of the country, will be their source of inspiration to win the next polls.
“Moulana Bhasani had played the key role in all the major movements of the country. He is our leader and the guru of Bangabandhu. He is our source of inspiration,” he said.
Dr Kamal made the remarks after paying homage to Bhasani by placing wreaths together with senior Oikyafront leaders at his grave at Santosh, marking the great leader’s 42nd death anniversary.
He further said, “Moulana Bhasani will inspire us to make all of our movements successful, and win the election in a favour of people.”
The 42nd death anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a great national leader, is being observed today (Saturday) with due respect.
Bhasani, popularly known as 'Majlum Jananeta', the leader of the downtrodden, passed away on November 17, 1976.
Different social organisations and political parties are marking the day in a befitting manner with various programmes, included placing wreaths at his grave, holding discussion, art competition and poetry recitation session.
Dr Kamal along with Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddique, BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman, Gono Forum general secretary Mostofa Mohsin Montu, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mohammad Mansur and other senior leaders and alliance also offered fateha at Bhasani’s grave and prayed for salvation of his departed soul.
Talking to reporters, Kader Siddiqui said the black cloud that gathered in the sky of Bangladesh will disappear soon and the country’s people will get back their rights, dignity and the guarantee of a natural death.
Abdullah Al Noman said the Election Commission is yet to ensure a level-playing field as it is working at the dictate of the government instead of discharging its constitutional duty properly and independently.
He said the government is trying to keep the Oikyafront away from the election with various evil designs. “We don’t want to quit the election as we want to take part in it with Khaleda Zia.”
Habiganj, Nov 17 (UNB) – Reza Kibria, son of former finance minister and Awami League leader Shah AMS Kibria, is going to join the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections as a candidate of Jatiya Oikyafront, a BNP alliance led by Dr Kamal Hossain.
“My father (Shah AMS Kibria) had dreamt of contesting polls from Habiganj-1 constituency. I want to fulfill his dream. Besides, I want to contribute to development of this neglected area,” Dr Reza, an economist, told UNB.
He took the final decision over contesting the polls on Friday and joined Gono Forum of Dr Kamal Hossain.
Five people, including Kibria, were killed and 70 others injured in a grenade attack on a public rally of local Awami League at Baidder Bazar in Sylhetsadar upazila on January 27, 2005.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said it is the responsibility of the Election Commission to ensure a level-playing field for all the parties participating in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
He was talking to reporters after attending a seminar as the chief guest arranged by Orchard Developers and CITIC Construction, a concern of the Chinese government, at a city hotel.
“The party will announce the nomination list within a day or two. The candidates of the parties in our alliance will be announced within a week,” Quader said.
Condemning the clash between BNP activists and police, he said there is nothing new that BNP prefers violence during elections and expressed concern that the party is trying to manipulate the polls by hiring foreign lobbyists.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – Election Commissioner Shahdat Hossain Chowdhury on Saturday warned the election officials of stern action if any allegation of biasness is found against them during the forthcoming national election.
“Neutrality is very important for all elections including this one,” said Shahadat Hossain while speaking at a training progamme at Nirbachan Trainning Bhaban at Agargaon.
He said, “We want you to maintain neutrality irrespective of party and opinions. If there is any allegation is brought or question is raised about your neutral role, the Election Commission will take action. If allegation is proved true in investigation, strict action would be taken.”
“No one will be spared in question of maintaining neutrality,” said Shahadat Hossain.
“As this election will be a participatory one, so it will be competitive too. To make this participatory election fair, you have to ensure that every candidate gets equal opportunity,” he added.
He requested the election officials to perform their duty in election with neutrality and professionalism by taking training properly.
Mentioning that the Election Commission is committed to hold a free, fair and acceptable election, he said,
“The current EC is committed do everything necessary to make the election fair, neutral and acceptable. It is essential to hold a fair election for the future of the country. People expect that the government can be formed through a free and fair election which will lead the country forward.”
Dhaka, Nov 16 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said BNP is now speaking desperately as it has become desperate losing public support.
"BNP has become desperate and it’s now speaking desperately as their position is at the bottom in the barometer of public support," he said while addressing a press conference at AL president’s Dhanmondi political office in the morning.
The AL leader said those had long been uttering democracy in their mouths are ‘imposters’. “They’ve compromised with the communal forces only to win the election. They’ll be considered as the communal forces and Awami League's fight is against them."
Replying to a query about BNP's allegation that huge BNP men were arrested after the announcement of the election schedule and that there is no level-playing field for the general election, he said they burned police vehicles, unleashed vandalism and injured almost 20 policemen. “Will they get away with no punishment?”
"How did they dare attack police after the announcement of the schedule? This is a criminal offence. Is filing case against a criminal a crime? This type of offence won't go without punishment," Quader said.
He said police are not interfering in any election matter. “We’re tolerating so that people can cast their votes in a peaceful environment," he said, adding that their tolerance should not be seen as weaknesses.
The ruling party leader also said BNP has resorted to its old path of ‘arson and terrorism’ through launching the attack on police at Nayapaltan as they have no public support.