Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday highly appreciated Jaukta Front’s efforts to forge a national unity together with Gano Forum to hold the next general election in a credible manner.
“Before going to jail, our leader Khaleda Zia called for a national unity. We’re now happy as the there’s a good progress in the process of forging the national unity,” said BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “We congratulate those parties out of the 20-party alliance working for forging the national unity to hold a neutral and credible election under a non-party impartial administration.”
Swadhinata Forum, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club.
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said their party wants a fair election with the participation of all parties.
He said AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta front and Dr Kamal Hossain’s Gono Forum are focusing on the issues for which their parties have long been working to hold the next polls in an acceptable manner.
The BNP leader hoped that the national unity efforts by B Chowdhury, Kamal Hossain, ASM Abdur and Mahmudur Rahman Manna will help ‘restore democracy’, people’s voting rights and install a pro-people government in the country.
“The national unity will pave the way for waging a simultaneous movement to save people from the current autocratic regime,” he observed.
Mosharraf alleged that the government is hatching various conspiracies to obstruct the national unity process. “We’re happy as the national unity is being forged braving all the odds and obstacles.”
Speaking at the programme, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said the current parliament must be dissolved and the election must be held under a non-party neutral administration to ensure the participation of all parties in the 11th parliamentary polls.
“We’ll join the polls realising our all demands, and democracy will win such an election. I’m waiting for the nice day when thousands of people will take to the streets to celebrate the fall of the autocratic regime,” he added.
On Tuesday night, the leaders of Jukta Front and Gano Forum at a meeting at Dr Kamal Hossain’s residence agreed to forge a national unity ahead of the general election.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday urged the Election Commission (EC) to rescind its plan to amend the Representation of the People Order (RPO) and the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the next polls.
“We would like to clearly say that we won’t accept the use of EVMs in the 11th parliamentary elections. We call upon the Election Commission to refrain from its evil efforts to use the EVMs and amend the RPO,” said BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.
Speaking at a discussion, he also warned that the EC will have to be accountable to people if it does not back off from such move.
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, alleged that the government has taken the evil plan to use the EVMs in 100 constituencies to rig votes as it has got isolated from people.
He also questioned as to why the EC has suddenly taken the move for using the EVMs while most political parties during the talks with the Commission opposed its use in the national election.
Mosharraf said the ruling party is unwilling to hold fair and transparent polls as it knows most ministers and MPs will lose their security deposits if people can exercise their right to franchise.
“We think the move to amend RPO and use EVMs was taken with a motive to prolong the current unwritten one-party Baksal rule,” he observed.
Earlier, at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the EC’s decision of using EVMs is ill-motivated one.
“The Election Commission is planning to use the controversial EVMs in the next polls against people’s will as it’s working at the behest of the government,” he alleged.
Referring to newspaper reports, Rizvi said the opposition parties in India two days back urged their Election Commission not to use EVMs in their election as such electronic system can be manipulated.
He said the EC is trying to use the EVMs in the next polls to create a scope for election engineering.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said that Election Commission (EC) will decide on use of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the coming national election.
He said EC will take its decision accordingly if it finds it not possible to buy EVMs and use it in the next poll, expected to be held in this December.
Obaidul Quader was addressing as chief guest at a meeting organized by Dhaka North and South City Awami League marking the national mourning day at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh Auditorium.
Already EC has declared to use 1.5 lakh EVM machines and to conduct one-third voting in the election through this system, he added.
EVM is not a new demand from the Awami League, he said adding that developed countries as well as neighbouring country India also use EVM machines in their election as it is a latest technology.
Mentioning that the first EVM voting was done in Sylhet election where the ruling party fell behind in the result, then why the opposing parties fearing of it, wondered Quader.
Obaidul Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, in his speech slammed BNP over its demand for the trial of 21 August grenade attack saying that, it is only possible for the BNP to do such ‘cruel joke’.
The minister said that it is a democratic right of BNP to decide whether they will participate in the poll or not. The government has no scope to release someone jailed by the court, said Quader in oblique reference to jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Awami League will support the EC to conduct a peaceful, free and neutral election, he said adding that this December the election will be credible, fair, acceptable and as accordance to the constitution.
Welcoming the coalition of Gono Forum and the Jukta Front ahead of the election, he said, AL will face any movement politically.
But if violence is created in the name of any showdown or movement, the people of the country will resist it, said Quader.
The programme was presided over by Hazi Abul Hasnat, president of Awami Leagues Dhaka South city unit.
Chandpur, Aug 29 (UNB) - A 22-day ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting of people’s favourite Hilsa fish will come into effect from October 7 to protect the mother-Hilsa.
The ban will be imposed on a 60 km from Matlab Uttar upazila to Haimchar upazila and nearby a 40 km stretch of Char Alexander of Laxmipur district. The ban will remain in force till October 28.
Last year, the period of restriction on catching hilsa fish was 20 days from October 1 to 20.
Chandpur Fisheries official Md Asadul Baki said 22 days from October 7 to 28 is the peak period for mother-Hilsa to release eggs.
Necessary measures would be taken to create awareness on conservation of hilsda and its importance among the fishermen. To make a success of the campaign, fisheries office and district taskforce will work for 24 hours, the officer added.
Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) – At least nine people were killed and eight others were injured in separate road accidents in Gopalganj, Barguna, Cumilla, Gazipur, Sylhet and Khagrachhari districts on Tuesday.
In Gopalganj, Sihab Uddin, 35, a motorcyclist was killed as a speeding bus ran over him on Dhaka-Khulna highway at Bijoypasha village in Sadar upazila at noon.
The accident took place when the passenger bus collided the motorcycle, leaving him died on the spot said Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.
On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Gopalganj General Hospital morgue for autopsy.
In Barguna, two people were killed as a bus hit a motorcycle on Barguna-Barishal regional highway in Betagi upazila.
The deceased were identified as Abdul Aziz Sikdar, 70, and Md Hanif Akon, 75, of the upazila.
Witnesses said the bus crashed into the motorcycle at noon, leaving Aziz dead on the spot and Hanif and another rider Mohammad Liton injured.
Officer-in-charge of Betagi Police Station Mamunur Rashid said the injured were taken to Betagi Health Complex where doctors declared Hanif dead. Liton was later sent to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in Barishal.
In Cumilla, a schoolboy was killed as a speeding truck ran over him on Cumilla-Sylhet regional road in Debidari municipality area.
The deceased was identified as Raju Hossain, 14, son of Md Giasuddin of Barera village of the municipality.
The accident took place when a cement laden truck ran over him around 2pm, leaving critically injured.
Later, he was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead, police said.
On the other hand, a man and his minor son were killed while his wife and daughter injured as a CNG-run auto-rickshaw carrying them hit a roadside tree in Palpara area of Sadar upazila on Tuesday morning.
The deceased were identified as Aminul Islam, 40, son of late Aftab Uddin and his son Wasi Islam, 4, hailing from Dakhshin Khan in the capital.
The accident took around 7 am when the auto-rickshaw dashed into the tree after its driver lost control over the wheel, leaving four critically injured, said Abu Salam Miah, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.
The injured were rushed to Comilla Medical College Hospital where Aminul and Wasi succumbed to their injuries, said the OC adding that the driver went into hiding after the incident.
In Gazipur, a vegetable vendor was killed as a pick-up van carrying him rammed into a parked truck in Salna area of the city early Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Fazlur Rahman Badal, 28, hailing from Naogaon district.
The accident took place when the driver of the pick-up van lost his control over the steering and smashed into the parked truck, leaving Badal dead on the spot, said Md Ohiduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Naojor Highway Police Station.
In Sylhet, Kamrul Islam, 45, a trader was killed when a Dhaka-bound bus ran him over on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Lalbazar in South Surma upazila around 11:30am, said Khairul Fazal, officer-in-charge of South Surma Police Station.
In Natore, a motorcyclist was killed as a three-wheeler hit behind it on Natore-Rajshahi highway at Chandpur in Sadar upazila.
Sajal was taken to a private hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead in the afternoon, said police.
In Khagrachhari, another motorcyclist was killed in a head-on clash in Guimara upazila.
The deceased was identified as Md Al-Amin, 33, son of Keramat Ali of Badungpara of the upazila.
The accident took place when a bus of Shamaly Paribhan collided the motorcycle, leaving him dead on the spot, said Md Giasuddin, officer-in-charge of Guimara Police Station.