Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Jatiya Party cochairman GM Quader on Tuesday said their party will not indulge in destructive politics, though they may take to the streets to fulfill people’s desires.
“We won’t do destructive politics as the opposition party. But, we’ll fulfill the people’s desire through a positive role in parliament and a systematic movement on the streets,” he said.
GM Quader, also the deputy leader of the opposition in parliament, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at party chairman’s Banani office after taking interviews of its aspirants for reserved women seats in the 11th parliament.
He said their party chairman HM Ershad, who returned home from Singapore on Monday night after treatment, will join the parliament’s maiden session very soon.
The parliament 50 seats reserved for women are distributed among parties based on the number of their representation in Parliament.
As Jatiya Party secured 22 seats in the December-30 election, it can nominate four candidates to be elected to reserved women seats.
Meanwhile, Jatiya Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga said their party will start selling its nomination forms among the aspirants for the first-phase upazila parishad elections from 10am to 4pm on February 7.
He said their party will finalise their candidates based on their acceptability, popularity and contributions to the party. “Our many candidates will come out successful in the polls.”
Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront is going to form a human chain wearing black badge in the capital on Wednesday, protesting what it said ‘vote robbery’ in the December-30 national election.
The programme will begin at 3pm in front of the Jatiya Press Club and conclude at 4 pm with the participation of Oikyafront leaders and activists.
Senior leaders of the alliance will address the programme, said Gono Forum training affairs secretary Rafiqul Islam Pathik.
On January 31 last, Jatiya Oikyafront spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programme after a meeting of the steering committee of the alliance at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber.
Besides, the alliance will hold a public hearing with the participation of Oikyafront candidates and victimised voters on February 24 on the same ground.
Jatiya Oikyafront, a platform of five parties, including BNP and Gono Forum, turned down the December-30 election results, bringing the allegations of massive ‘vote robbery’.
Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) – Jatiya Party MP Md Rustam Ali Farazi on Monday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will have to take a very tough stance against corruption and win the fight against the menace this time.
“You’ll see the touch of corruption wherever you keep your hands. The Prime Minister has made a specific announcement to stamp out it. We agree with this announcement. Although it’s tough to implement it, we need to succeed in this tough task. The Prime Minister has to be very tough this time,” he said.
The JaPa MP from Pirojpur-3 constituency was delivering his speech on the thanksgiving motion on President’s speech.
He said those days are now gone that the Prime Minister will bear the burden of ministers’ corruption and he does not believe that those days will return on the soil of Bangladesh.
Farazi who contested the national election for eight times since 1986 said he practises honest politics and remains open to any probe against him.
Describing Bangladesh’s massive development in various sectors under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said there are challenges ahead, too for the current government.
He mentioned smooth implementation of sustainable development goals, fight against militancy, terrorism and drugs, and curbing corruption as key challenges that need to be addressed working together.
The JaPa MP said people voted in favour of development and peace as they do not want any deviation from the peaceful environment.
Khulna, Feb 4 (UNB) – Former MP and party’s executive committee member Ali Asghar Lobi has quit BNP on health grounds.
Lobi, also ex-president of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and former convener of Khulna city unit BNP, sent his resignation letter to BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on January 24 last, his personal secretary Farhin Akhter told local reporters on Monday.
In the resignation letter, she said, Lobi mentioned that he decided to quit politics as he has been suffering from various diseases.
Lobi was elected MP in the by-election to the Khulna-2 constituency, vacated by BNP chairperson Khaleda in the 2001 election.
He was an influential leader of BNP during the party’s rule from 2001-2006 due to his close ties with Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman.
Lobi was arrested by the joint forces on February 6, 2007 during the 1/11 political changeover, and got released on bail early 2009. Later, he became inactive in politics.
Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday alleged that BNP leaders are making unguarded remarks about the 11th parliamentary election as the party has fallen into a deep ditch of negative politics.
“BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront leaders are making abortive efforts to make the election controversial. In fact, BNP has plunged into a deep ditch of negative politics,” he said.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, further said, “They (BNP leaders) are making various remarks on the elections as they wish since they’ve got desperate out of their failures.”
He came up with the remarks while inaugurating the sale of nomination papers among party aspirants for the first-phase Upazila Parishad elections at Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's Dhanmondi political office.
Quader said there are controversies both at home and abroad over the national election while the leaders of the civilised and democratic countries greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the massive victory.
He said the United Nations expressed its willingness to work together with the government. “So, there’s no controversy and question anywhere over the election.”
He said their local government election steering committee will announce the names of the AL nominated candidates on February 8.
According to the Election Commission (EC), elections to 87 upazila parishads will be held on March 10 in the first phase.