Dhaka, Jan 6 (UNB) – Thirty-four members of the outgoing cabinet, including 23 ministers like Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury, Rashed Khan Menon and Hasanul Haq Inu, have been dropped from the upcoming cabinet.
There will be 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the new cabinet to be constituted on Monday.
However, 23 ministers, nine state ministers and two deputy ministers of the present cabinet have not found their names in the new cabinet.
Besides, Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam passed away on January 3 while two technocrats minister Nurul Islam BSc (Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Minister) and (Religious Affairs Minister Matior Rahman) who resigned as per the Prime Minister’s directives the 11th parliamentary election are also not part of the new cabinet.
The 23 ministers who have been left out of the new cabinet are Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim, Foreign Affairs Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, Water Resources Minister Anwar Hossain, Railways Minister Md Mazibul Hoque, Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, Food Minister Qamrul Islam, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayon Chandra Chanda, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal and Textiles and Jute Minister Emaz Uddin Pramanik.
Of them, Muhith had earlier announced that he would retire from politics and he did not participate in the election, too. His brother AK Abdul Momen who won the election from Sylhet-1 constituency has been made Foreign Affairs Minister in the new cabinet.
Maya failed to get Awami League ticket for contesting the election.
The state ministers who did not find any place in the new cabinet are State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu, State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam, State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Sikder, State Minister for Public Administration Begum Ismat Ara Sadique, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Begum Meher Afroze, State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, State Minister for Water Resources Muhammad Nazrul Islam, State Minister for Rural Development and Cooperatives Mashiur Rahman, State Minister for Technical And Madrasha Education Kazi Keramat Ali.
The deputy ministers are Abdullah Al Islam Jakob (Environment, Forest and Climate Change) and Arif Khan Joy (Youth and Sports).
Dhaka, Jan 6 (UNB) – Trashing media reports on a rift in their alliance, Jatiya Oikyafront senior leader on Sunday said no elected MPs of their coalition is going to take oath.
“No one of Oikyafront MPs will take oath. Oikyafront will remain intact and it won’t face a split,” said Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President ASM Abdur Rob.
He came up with the comments while talking to reporters after a meeting of the steering committee of Oikyafront at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber.
Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu said some online portals and newspapers raised questions about the unity of the Jatiya Oikyafront over a comment of Dr Kamal Hossain at Gano Forums’ extended meeting.
He said Dr Kamal Hossain in no way said Gano Forum’s elected MPs will take oath. “We hope there’ll be no misunderstanding over the issue.”
Montu said they want to clearly say that there is no disunity in the Jatiya Oikyafront over taking oath of its elected MPs. “Rather, Jatiya Oikyafront is more united than in the past and will remain so to realise people’s voting and other rights after the farce on December 30.”
Montu said, “We aren’t taking oath now. I would like to say clearly that no Gono Forum MP will take oath.”
Mentioning that Jatiya Oikyafront turned down the farce in the name of election on December 30, he said their alliance will continue its programme demanding the election under a non-party neutral government.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gano forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury and Mostafa Mohshin Montu were, among others, present at the meeting held with Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair.
On Saturday, Kamal Hossain said, “We’ve rejected the election, but the way our two candidates came out successful in such an election through competition is their big achievement. So, we’re thinking positively about sending them to Parliament,” he said.
Dr Kamal, also the convener of Jatiya Oikyafront, came up with the remarks at a press conference at Bangladesh ShishuKalyan Parishad after an extended meeting of the party.
He said their two MPs can play a positive and meaningful role in parliament after taking oath. “If others (BNP MPs) think it won’t be possible for them to play a good role in parliament, they may take decision in their own ways.”
Dhaka, Jan 6 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Law Minister Anisul Huq received phone calls from the cabinet division to take oath as ministers on Sunday.
Sources at the cabinet division said phone calls are being made to members of the new cabinet since Sunday noon.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam will announce the names of members of the new cabinet around 5pm today.
Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) – Jatiya Party cochairman GM Quader on Saturday said their party aims to be a strong opposition in parliament to raise their voice for people’s welfare.
“We want to be a strong opposition in parliament to speak up in favour of people instead of indulging in violence,” he said.
GM Quader, who was also appointed deputy opposition leader in the 11th parliament, came up with the remark while talking to reporters at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office.
He said they will play the role of the main opposition for the smooth functioning of parliament while their party chairman HM Ershad will act as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.
The Jatiya Party leader said Ershad’s health condition is now good, and he will take oath as an MP very soon after taking a schedule of the Speaker of parliament.
He said their party will play a positive role in parliament in the interest of the country and no Jatiya Party MP will be there in the Cabinet this time.
Jatiya Party which joined the election as the key partner of the Grand Alliance bagged 22 seats.
Party senior cochairman Raushon Ershad was the opposition leader in 10th parliament while some party MPs had joined the cabinet.
Noakhali, Jan 5 (UNB) – Stating that the government now stands quicksand, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday urged the people of all walks of life to turn their grief into strength to ‘defeat’ Awami League.
“The grief and enthusiasm I’ve witnessed here among the youth, it must be translated into strength. They (govt) are standing on quicksand and they’ve already turned into the enemies of people,” he said.
Speaking at a views-exchange meeting, Fakhrul further said, “So, we need only unity to defeat them (Awami League). We must beat them through people’s unity.”
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikyafront arranged the programme at Noakhali Bar Association auditorium in the afternoon.
The BNP secretary general alleged that the government together with all the state machinery swopped on the people of Bangladesh on December 30, 2018 and stanched their rights, the same way Pakistani occupation forces did it on March 25, 1971.
Fakhrul said people could not put up any resistance and protect their rights on December 30 as they were not organised and disciplined. “We must come up with a resistance. We tried to beat them through the election, but we couldn’t do that. It doesn’t mean we’ve lost everything. We’ll stand up again and get reorganised and disciplined to take revenge on those raped my sister and set fire to the houses of my brothers. We’ll surely be successful.”
Expressing deep sympathy for those subjected to election violence in Noakhali and at different parts of the country, he urged BNP leaders and activists to work for strengthening their organisational strength to face political issues politically.
The BNP leader also urged the lawyers to provide all-out legal support to those who fell victims to election violence.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) president ASM Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdur Kader Siddiqui, BNP vice chairmen Mohammad Shahjahan, Supreme Court Bar Association secretary Mahbubuddin Khokon and Noakhali Bar Association president ABM Jakaria, among others, spoke at the programme.
Earlier, Fakhrul together with Oikyafront leaders visited Subarnachar gang-rape victim at Noakhali General Hospital.
They started their journey for Noakhali from BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office around 7am and reached Noakhali General Hospital around 12:30 pm.