Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) – BNP has constituted a 128-member fresh convening committee of its associate body Jatiyatabadi Tanti Dal, dissolving the current one.
Abul Kalam Azad has been made convener of the new committee while M Mujibur Rahman its member secretary, said a party press release on Saturday.
The convening committee has been asked to form a full-fledged committee of the organisation by three months through holding a council.
After a massive debacle in the 11th parliamentary elections, BNP started reorgainsing its associate bodies and grassroots to stage a comeback in politics.
Earlier, the party formed the convening committees of its different associate bodies, including Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB) and Agriculturalists’ Association of Bangladesh (AAB), Jatiyatabadi Matsyajibi Dal and Mohila Dal.
Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said he does not believe that their chairperson Khaleda Zia will get proper treatment at the state-controlled Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Inaugurating the fourth council of Kalyan Party at Communist Party’s Purana Paltan office, he said, “I don’t think she (Khaleda) will get the proper treatment there (BSMMU).”
The BNP leader criticised the government for taking Khaleda to BSMMU despite their repeated requests to the Home Minister for allowing her to receive treatment at a specialised hospital.
“Khaleda Zia is very sick. Her condition deteriorated so badly that she can’t walk and eat anything properly. She’s been subjected to repression and this is inhumane,” Fakhrul observed.
He alleged that the government has buried politics as part of a plot to depoliticised the country. “There’s now no politics in the country.”
The BNP also said the government has destroyed the country’s all institutions, the spirit of the Liberation War and all the achievements of the 1971.
He came down heavily on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her remark that no ‘false’ case was filed against BNP leaders. “People don’t believe such a comment.”
Fakhrul said the government not only filed thousands of ‘false’ cases, including over 4,000 fictitious ones, against the opposition leaders and activists.
He urged BNP leaders and activists not to get frustrated as it was Awami League not their party got defeated in the December-30 polls.
The BNP leader said their party will wage an unstoppable movement together with people to unseat the current government and free their chairperson from jail.
He also said their two alliances--Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-party--are united. “There’s no problem in our alliances. We’ve got united with a goal to restore democracy, and we’ll achieve it with united efforts.”
At the council, Syed Muhammad Ibrahim was reelected as chairman of Kalyan Party which was formed in 2007.
Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) – In another dramatic move, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Saturday reinstated his younger brother GM Quader as party chairman in his absence.
He took the decision just two days after Quader was also reinstated as the party’s cochairman.
In the latest organisational instruction, he said, “I would like to inform Jatiya Party leaders and activists at all levels and its supporters, well-wishers and other concerned that in my absence or when I am under treatment abroad, the party’s present cochairman GM Quader will act as the chairman of Jatiya Party.”
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.
In an organisational instruction at that night, he accused Quader of failing to run the party and creating divisions in it. “He has been relieved of party’s organisational duty and the post of co-chairman in the interest of the organisation.”
Ershad, however, today he annulled that instruction.
He also said he restored his organisational instruction issued on January 16 last declaring Quader as the party chairman in his absence.
On March 23, the Jatiya Party chairman also removed Quader from the post of the deputy leader of opposition in parliament, nominating his wife Raushon for the post.
Quader now got back the party posts of cochairman and acting chairman, but still not the one--the post of deputy opposition leader in parliament.
Mymensingh, Apr 5 (UNB) – Awami League has nominated Ekramul Hoque Titu as its mayor candidate in the maiden elections to Mymensingh City Corporation.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s local government nomination board chaired by Sheikh Hasina at Gonobhaban on Friday, said a press release.
Titu, who was elected mayor in the last polls to the local government body when it was a municipality, is currently serving as administrator of the city corporation.
Titu is also a vice-president of the party’s Mymensingh city unit, said Advocate Moazzem Hossain, general secretary of district Awami League.
Earlier on March 25, the Election Commission (EC) announced the maiden election to Mymensingh City Corporation to be held on May 5.
Electronic voting machines will be used in all the 130 voting stations in the election of the country’s 12th city corporation.
According to the election 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. The entire city election will be held with EVMs.
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, Apr 5 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan on Friday said their party is getting ready to wage a movement together with people to free their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
“We must free our leader Khaleda Zia from jail. Many people are telling us to take to the streets with lakhs of people. We’re taking preparations for that,” he said.
Dr Moyeen, a BNP standing committee member, came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Nagorik Andolon Forum at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU, demanding Khaleda’s release.
He said their party is now working to strengthen its organisational capacity by involving people. “Our movement won’t be successful if our 10 people die in police and Rab firings on the streets. We need adequate strength to fight against the autocratic regime, and we’ll surely achieve that.”
The BNP leader urged his party colleagues to mobilise public support both at home and abroad to create an atmosphere for the release of Khaleda Zia.
He criticised two Gono Forum MPs -- Sultan Mansur and Mokabbir Khan -- for taking oath as MPs of what he said a ‘fake’ parliament.
“There’s no scope to work for people and democracy in the current parliament which is not formed with people’s elected representatives. Those who think they’ll raise voice in parliament in favour of people are living in fool’s paradise,” Dr Moyeen said.
He also said people did not participate in the recent upazila polls as they lost their confidence in the election system after ‘vote fraud’ in the 11th parliamentary election.