Dhaka, Jun 26 (UNB) – Gonoforum on Wednesday accused senior Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim of spreading lies in parliament about its president and Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain with an ‘ulterior’ motive.
In a statement, Gonoforum executive presidents Prof Abu Syeed and Subrata Chowdhury, and general secretary Reza Kibria also denounced Nasim’s comment that Dr Kamal made the field empty in favour of Awami League during the last general election.
“We strongly protest the indecent, discourteous and falsehood about Gonoforum president and Jatiya Oikyafront’s top-most leader Dr Kamal Hossain by Awami League leader Nasim in parliament yesterday (Tuesday).”
According to media reports, Nasim told Parliament on Tuesday that Dr Kamal Hossain virtually worked in favour of Awami League though he had forged an alliance with BNP ahead of the 11th parliamentary election.
“He (Kamal) made the field empty by working in favour of Awami League, and we scored in the empty field… they (BNP) hired Kamal Hossain for (protecting their interests), but he worked for us,” Nasim told parliament taking part in general discussion on the proposed national budget.
Disapproving the remarks, the three Gonoforum leaders said no courtesy can be expected from a ruling party MP of a parliament which was “turned down by people and formed through stuffing ballots the night before the voting day”.
Being scared by the strength of Oikyafront formed with the participation of people, they said the Awami League leader resorted to the falsehood about Dr Kamal only to confuse people and create disunity among them.
"Such remarks were made with an ill intention of making the government’s parochial political interests. We’ll have to give a fitting reply to such audacity by strengthening the national unity further", the trio added.
Dhaka, Jun 25 (UNB) – Jatiya Party acting Chairman GM Quader on Tuesday said his party will lead an alliance in the coming days that will form the government.
“Jatiya Party will lead an alliance in the future, and that alliance will be able to form the government,” he said at an organisational meeting of Jatiya Party’s Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions units at a Motijheel community centre.
He said all major parties are contesting elections in alliance since it is not possible to get good polls results without a strong alliance. “But small parties face existential crisis after joining polls in alliance with big parties,” he said.
Quader said their party can independently lead an alliance only by strengthening its organisational capacity further. “Jatiya Party can govern the country with the people’s support in the days to come.”
He said their party has become stronger by facing adverse situations over the last 29 years since it quit power.
Quader said he wants to run the party as per its constitution and take suggestions from the grassroots leaders and activists.
“I want to take the party forward with the support and confidence of its general workers and supporters. I don’t believe in authoritarian politics,” he added.
Jatiya Party Secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga said though they contested the December-30 election under the Awami League-led grand alliance, the ruling party’s attitude towards Jatiya Party is unacceptable.
Ranga said though Awami League and BNP are facing serious intra-party conflicts, Jatiya Party is united.
“There’s no conflict and division in Jatiya Party. We’re united under the leadership of GM Quader as per the directive of our chairman HM Ershad,” he said.
Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB) – The BNP-led 20-party alliance has decided to stage different action programmes at different metropolitan cities, including Dhaka, in July demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the alliance at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Monday night, said 20-party coordinator Nazrul Islam Khan.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, he said, “We’ve taken a decision to observe various programmes in all metropolitan cities with a demand for immediate release of our leader Khaleda Zia,”
Nazrul, also a BNP standing committee member, said the 20-party’s next meeting will finalise the action programmes.
Replying to a question, he said their alliance is a major democratic force in the country and it is united.
The BNP leader said various issues relating to the country’s political situation, proposed budget and farmers’ deprivation of fair prices of their produce came up for discussion at the meeting.
All the top leaders of the most alliance components joined the meeting held with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair.
However, no representative from Jamaat-e-Islami was present at the meeting.
Dhaka, Jan 24 (UNB) – A draft list of 575 voters for election to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’ (JCD’s) president and secretary posts was unveiled on Monday.
JCD election management committee prepared the list for holding the election on July 15.
A press release, signed by Khairul Kabir Khokon, convener of the election management committee, said the top five leaders--president, secretary, senior vice president, joint secretary and organising secretary-- from each of the JCD’s organisational district units and university and college units have been included in the draft voter list.
Besides, a seven-point election code of conduct was also formulated for the election.
As per the code of conduct, no panel can be formed as every candidate must contest the election independently. “Election campaign cannot be conducted through posters, banners and the mass media. Candidates can’t hold any meeting, rally, entertain voters, and present them any gift. “
Restriction is also imposed on giving interviews to media by candidates, holding press conference and taking part in any talk-show.
However, the candidates can use white or black leaflets or visiting card to seek votes from voters. “No candidate or their supporters can distribute leaflets or visiting card or hold any meeting on the voting day.”
All the candidates of election must be unmarried ones.
The election management committee can take punitive actions and even revoke the candidature if any candidate flouts the election code of conduct.
JCD's last committee was formed on October 14, 2014, with Rajib Ahsan as its president and Akramul Hasan as general secretary and it was dissolved on June 3 last.
Amid a row over the formation of its new committee maintaining a specific age limit, BNP on Sunday announced that the council of JCD will be held on July 15 to form the fresh committee through voting.
Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB) – Aggrieved leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s (JCD’s) recently dissolved committee again staged a two-hour demonstration in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on Monday, demanding the withdrawal of age limit and expulsion order against their 12 leaders.
Over a hundred protesters of JCD took position in front of the BNP office around 11:30am and started their demonstration there. It was also meant for mounting pressure for changing the schedule for the council of the student body.
At one stage, they snapped the power connection to the BNP office and obstructed all from entering it till 1:30pm.
They also did not allow ex-JCD leader and BNP organising sectary Fazlul Haque Milon to go the office while beat a JCD leader as he tried to defy them.
Talking to reporters after their two-hour programme, ex-joint general secretary of the dissolved JCD committee Farroque Munna said they will continue their movement until their demands for the withdrawal of age limit, expulsion order against their 12 leaders and reschedule of the council 15-July council date are met.
He said they will also stage a similar protest programme on Tuesday in front of the BNP office. “We love Chhatra Dal, and we believe our leaders will resolve the problem through discussions with us.”
While the some leaders of the demonstrating JCD group were going to Kakrail crossing from Nayapaltan, two-three crude bombs were thrown by miscreants from behind.
However, no one was injured in the blasts.
Earlier in the morning, a group of JCD leaders and activists brought out a procession at Nayapaltan welcoming the announcement for holding the student body’s council on July 15.
Later, they along with leaders and activists of BNP’s different associate bodies took position inside the office to resist any untoward incident by the demonstrators.
Amid a row over the formation of its new committee maintaining a specific age limit, BNP on Sunday announced that the council of JCD will be held on July 15.
The party is also supposed to publish a draft voters list for election to JCD’s new president and general secretary.
On Saturday, BNP expelled a dozen demonstrating leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal hours after they announced to continue their movement until their demand for either formation of a new short-term committee or the removal of age limit is met.
JCD's last committee was formed on October 14, 2014 with Rajib Ahsan as its president and Akramul Hasan as general secretary, and it was dissolved on June 3 last.
A BNP press release, signed by Rizvi on June 3, said candidates planning to vie for various posts will have to be primary members, students of any educational institution in Bangladesh, and must have passed SSC and equivalent examinations either 2000 or later on, prompting a group of leaders staging demonstration seeking the withdrawal of age limit.