The Election Commission officials on Tuesday set a deadline till December 4 to keep the National Identity Registration (NID) department under their control and stop all postings. Bangladesh Election Commission Officers Association submitted a copy of the written decisions to the EC secretary and Chief Election Commissioner after their meeting today. Read more: Election Commission won’t favour any political party: Anisur Rahman If the demand is not implemented, they will start a movement for it within a day, the association informed. The demands of the officials are: retainment of NID service activities under the Election Commission, stoppage of all postings on deputation in the Election Commission Secretariat, ensuring visible and effective steps to fill the vacant posts, approval of the EVM project proposed by the Commission including logistics (warehouse and vehicles), and implementation of the proposed organizational structure as soon as possible. They said if visible measures are not taken by December 4 (Sunday) in all these matters, the EC officials will sport black badges on December 5 (Monday) and abstain from work for half a day on December 8 (Thursday). They also said if no visible effective action is taken within that period, strict action will be taken as decided by the executive council of the association. Read more: New secretary joins Election Commission The announced programme will be held simultaneously at the Election Commission Secretariat, NID, Electoral Training Institute and all the field level offices. However, the announced election activities will be exempted from the demonstration, they added. A copy of the document signed by Bangladesh Election Commission Officers Association President Muhammad Hasanuzzaman and Secretary General Rashedul Islam was also sent to journalists.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Tuesday permitted BNP to hold its rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on December 10 on 26 conditions. A notification was issued in this regard from the DMP headquarters, signed by Deputy Police Commissioner (Headquarters and Admin) Abdul Momen, on behalf of the DMP commissioner. Following BNP’s application, DMP permitted the party to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Shahbagh instead of Nayapaltan, as it may cause traffic jam and public suffering. BNP can hold the rally at the venue from 12pm to 4:30pm on December 10, according to the notification. READ: People to give fitting reply to govt’s repressive acts through movement: Fakhrul BNP has to seek permission from the authorities concerned for using the venue, mentioning the 26 conditions, as only DMP permission is not enough for this purpose, it said. Anti-state activities and statements at the rally venue are prohibited, read the conditions. Besides, no propaganda or leaflet distribution will be allowed, and no procession can be brought out from the venue. All security measures, including installing CCTV cameras, vehicle scanners and metal detectors at the venue should be taken by the party. An adequate number of volunteers (with visible ID cards) should be deployed at the venue under the party’s own management. The party will be responsible if the law and order situation deteriorates at the rally, said the DMP notification. All activities of the rally should be kept inside the venue and completed by the timeframe. If BNP fails to comply with any of the conditions, the permission will be cancelled immediately, DMP said in the notification. Contacted, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said they received the DMP's letter regarding the permission. “But we’ll arrange the rally in front of our party office at Nayapaltan.” BNP publicity affairs secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anne told UNB that their party did not seek permission to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan. “We sought permission to hold the rally at Nayapaltan, not at Suhrawardy Udyan. Our party is determined to hold the rally at Nayapaltan as per our previous decision,” he said. Anne, however, said BNP standing committee will take final decision in this regard after considering the overall situation. Earlier on November 15, a BNP delegation met DMP Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruq and sought permission to hold their much-talked-about Dhaka rally in front of the party’s Nayapaltan central office on December 10. READ: Strict action if anyone creates anarchy: Information Minister The DMP Commissioner, however, asked BNP to give names of other venue options. As part of their ongoing movement, BNP on September 27 announced a series of public rallies in 10 divisional cities to denounce the price hike of daily essentials and fuels, the death of five party men in previous police action in Bhola, Narayanganj, Munshiganj and Jashore, and to ensure the freedom of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP has already arranged rallies in Chattogram, Mymensingh, Khulna, Rangpur, Barishal, Faridpur, Sylhet and Cumilla braving various obstacles and transport strikes. BNP has long been demanding that the next general election be held under a caretaker government, not under any political government — a demand sharply rejected by the ruling Awami League as the constitution does not allow it to happen. BNP will conclude the divisional rallies through a mass gathering in Dhaka city on December 10, coinciding with International Human Rights Day.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today (November 29, 2022) said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always works to serve the people of the country, not as a ruler, so AL activists must sincerely work for the nation. “Just wearing a Mujib coat doesn’t prove that you are a true soldier of Bangabandhu. To be a ‘Mujib’s soldier’, one must uphold his ideals,” Quader said while speaking as the chief guest at the tri-annual conference of Noakhali town and Sadar upazila unit of Awami League. Quader joined the conference virtually from his official residence in Dhaka. Read more: No transport strike during BNP’s Dhaka rally: Obaidul Quader “We will counter misinformation from BNP’s Mirza Fakhrul with truth and constructive action,” the AL leader and minister said. Referring to the “killings of 21,000 AL leaders and activists by BNP,” Obaidul Quader said that during BNP’s last 5-year tenure, AL leaders and activists could not stay at home even for 50 days. Regarding BNP’s recent countrywide movement, Quader said that they have no issues with peaceful protests, but if BNP “plays with fire and resorts to violence, we are prepared, and a fitting reply will be given to protect the lives and property of the people.” Read more: PM instructed to move BCL council from Dec 8 to 6 to facilitate BNP’s Dhaka rally: Quader Abdul Wadud Pintu, president of Noakhali Municipal Awami League, presided over the conference while Awami League Organizing Secretary Abu Saeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Agriculture and Cooperative Affairs Secretary Faridunnahar Laili, Noakhali District Awami League Convener AHM Khairul Anam Chowdhury Salim, Joint Convener Shihab Uddin Shaheen, Sahid Ullah Khan Sohail and Member of Parliament Ekramul Karim Chowdhury, also spoke.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader urged fromer shipping minister and transport labour leader Shajahan Khan to ensure no transport strike given during BNP’s rally in Dhaka on December 10. He made the call while addressing the tri-annual conference of Dinajpur Awami League at Gor-e-Shaheed field in Duinapur city on Monday. Read: BNP's rally the cue for Rajshahi transport owners to strike He said no obstruction will be given during BNP’s rally but if any chaos occurs it will be protested. He said the date of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s (BCL) central council was changed only for the BNP rally. Adressin BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam he said, “Come to Dinajpur and see what a rally is called. Come and see the difference between a river and sea wave as you keep speaking about people’s huge crowd in every rally,” Read: BNP’s Sylhet rally plagued with transport strike He said that the game will be on from next December. “This time the game will be against corruption, against Hawa Bhaban, against vote theft, against those who have smuggled crores of taka abroad. The game will be about election, and movement. No more unfair elections will be held like February 15,” said Obaidul Quader.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday warned that the people will give a fitting reply to the government's repressive acts through a strong movement. "Our seven leaders and workers have so far been shot dead while two others were tortured to death by the Awami League cadres in our ongoing movement. A former MP also lost his life today (Monday) due to their torture,” he said. The BNP leader said people have woken up against the government’s repression and suppression.” We believe that we’ll be able to avenge the death of Shahjahan Khan through the current movement as the people will give the government a fitting reply." The BNP leader made the remarks while talking to journalists after consoling the family members of Khan, the former MP of Patuakhali-3 Constituency, at LabAid Hospital in the city’s Dhanmondi area. read more: Govt conspires to cross election hurdles by putting BNP leaders in jail: Fakhrul On November 4 Khan was injured critically in an attack allegedly by the Awami League activists in Telikhai area on his way to Barishal to join BNP’s divisional rally from Patuakhali. He was admitted to a hospital in Patuakhali and later shifted to LabAid Hospital on November 22 as his condition deteriorated. Khan breathed his last at the same hospital at 10am on Monday while undergoing treatment at the age of 71. Herring the news of his death, Fakhrul and the party’s other senior leaders rushed to the hospital and talked to the bereaved family members. Fakhrul said Khan’s death was not a natural one as the ruling party men beat him indiscriminately, leaving him seriously injured. “One of his kidneys was damaged and the blood of his entire body became toxic due to tremendous beating.” "A serious vacuum for nationalist politics in the southern region has been created through the demise of Shahjahan Khan,” he observed. He also recalled the former MP’s contributions to BNP saying he was a guardian of the people of the southern region as he carried out struggle throughout his life for establishing their rights and ensuring their welfare. On behalf of BNP, its Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, Fakhrul expressed deep shock at the death of Khan. He also prayed for the salvation of Khan’s departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family members. The BNP leader paid homage to Khan by standing in solemn silence for a while in front of his mortal remains at the hospital.
Jatiya Party leader Raushon Ershad on Sunday returned home after treatment in Thailand and called for keeping the party united removing misunderstandings through discussions. A Thai Airways flight carrying Raushon, also the leader of the opposition in Parliament, landed at Hazrat Shahjal International Airport at 12:25pm. Later talking to reporters at the airport’s VIP Lounge, she said “I always want the unity of the Jatiya Party…there is no question of splitting the party,” she said. She said there could be some conspiracy to weaken the party like in the past. “InshAllah, we’ll foil those conspiracies and build a united and strong Jatiya Party,” she said. Raushon, the 78-year-old widow of Jatiya Party founder and late president HM Ershad, also claimed that she has no conflict with the party chairman and her brother-in-law GM Quader. “I have returned to Dhaka and I will sit with all MPs, presidium members, and others to remove confusion and misunderstanding. I am sure, we’ll be able to eliminate the misunderstanding and return to the political program unitedly soon,” Raushon said. The opposition leader called upon those who left Jatiya Party at different times with Anwar Hossain Manju, Naziur Rahman Manzur and Kazi Jafar Ahmed to return to the party. “We must give due recognitions to those who were with us during the difficult and adverse times of the Jatiya Party from 1991 to 1996,” she said. Read more: Raushon Ershad to return home on Nov 27 Raushon said their party will nominate a competent candidate to vie for the mayoral post in Rangpur City Corporation polls billed for December 27. Replying to a question, the opposition leader said Jatiya Party has no reason to make any alliance with BNP ahead of the next general election. “People want a change for progress and peace, which only the Jatiya Party can ensure, not BNP. “There is no question of forging any alliance with the BNP,” she said. Asked whether the Jatiya Party will be in alliance with the Awami League in the 12th parliamentary election, Raushon parried the question saying, “Time will tell”. About her physical condition, Raushon said she is now fine, but still have some problem with her leg for which she has been taking physiotherapy. Raushon thanked the Prime Minister for supporting her and inquiring about her health condition during her treatment in Bangkok. She said the current geopolitics, particularly the war in Ukraine created serious economic problems, which has also affected Bangladesh. “So, we all must remain more alert and cooperate with the government to face the challenges,” she added. Read more: Raushon Ershad flies to Bangkok again for follow-up treatment Rahgir Al Mahi Ershad (better known as Saad Ershad) and his wife Mahima Saad as well as spokesperson of Raushon Ershad Kazi Mamunur Rashid also returned home with the opposition leader. JP leaders ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, Kazi Firoz Rashid MP, Syed Abu Hossain Babla MP, Opposition Chief Whip Mashiur Rahman Ranga, Prof Delwar Hossain, Sunil Shuvo Ray and Golam Moshi, among others, were present at the airport to welcome the Opposition Leader, said a press release. On July 5, Raushon went to Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, for follow-up treatment. Earlier on November 5 last year, she was flown to Thailand by an air ambulance as her health condition turned critical. She returned home on June 27 and stayed eight days in the country before going to Thailand for further treatment. As in the previous time, she went to Westin Hotel in the city’s Gulshan area from the airport instead of her residence to stay there, party sources said. Raushon has returned home at a time when Jatiya Party is divided over her previous call for holding the party council while Mosiur Rahman Ranga was recently removed from the party’s all posts. As a result of the party’s internal feud, JP MPs sent a letter to the Speaker of the Parliament to recognise GM Quader as the opposition leader, removing Raushon Ershad. Meanwhile, a court issued an injunction barring GM Quader from taking any political decision regarding the party on October 31 following an application filed by former JP lawmaker advocate Ziaul Haque Mridha, who was expelled from the party on September 17.
Information and Broiadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud has said that the government will take stern actions if the Bangladesh Nationalist Party tries to disrupt peoples’ lives and creates an anarchic situation by blocking important roads during their upcoming divisional rally in Dhaka. The minister said this while talking to journalists about BNP’s rally at CIRDAP Auditorium of the capital. “We know that terrorists belonging to BNP are hiding in the city and they’re trying to come out on the occasion of the party’s Dhaka rally. These terrorists are funded, directed and encouraged by those BNP leaders who have a big mouth. The government will take tough measures against them if needed,” said Hasan. Read: Govt helping BNP to make Dhaka rally a success: Info Minister Hasan, also the Joint General Secretary of the ruling Awami League (AL), added that BNP’s divisional rally in Cumilla was nothing but a picnic. “BNP had slaughtered hundreds of cows and arranged a feast in the name of divisional rally in Cumilla. Although many people attended the feast at night, they left on the morning of the rally. Their leader (Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir) has said many things at the rally, including that they will hold their Dhaka rally at Naya Paltan, which will never happen,” Hasan added. Hasan further said that BNP wants to hold their rally at Naya Paltan from an evil mind. “The government won’t tolerate any suffering of the people. Naya Paltan is a busy neighborhood and there isn’t any field there. If BNP arrange the rally there, the entire city will be paralyzed. That’s why the government has offered them an open space like the Suhrawardy Udyan. Instead of accepting the offer, Fakhrul is still talking about Naya Paltan with vicious intentions,” Hasan said. Read: Country can’t be handed over to the patron of terrorists: Info Minister Earlier, the Minister spoke as chief guest at an anti-smoking seminar held by Development Organization of The Rural Poor (DOAP) at the auditorium. The event was presided over by DOAP President Md Azahar Ali and moderated by the NGO’s Deputy Executive Director Mohammad Jobayer Hasan. Eminent citizens including bureaucrats, retired army personnel, journalists and social workers attended the event.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said that Bangladesh Chhatra League’s (BCL) central council has been moved to December 8 from December 6 as per Prime Minister and party president Sheikh Hasina’s instruction – to ensure that BNP can hold their Dhaka rally on December 10 without any difficulty. Obaidul Quader said this while addressing Pirojpur Awami League’s tri-annual conference today, joining virtually from his Dhaka residence. “The government will not obstruct BNP’s December 10 rally in Dhaka, but if they try to play with fire and sticks, they will get a befitting reply,” Quader said. Read more: No permission given to BNP yet to hold rally at Nayapaltan: Home Minister The minister and AL leader said that a Canadian federal court declared BNP as a “terrorist organisation”, as their politics is about arson attacks in the name of protests. “It is not so easy to turn a man – who fled to London after signing a bond with the condition that he will not be involved in politics – into a leader,” Quader said. Regarding BNP’s demand for a caretaker government, the AL general secretary questioned BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul: “Which country of the world has a caretaker government? It was your leader who said that no one is neutral except children and those who are mad.” Read more: Amid relative ease, BNP’s 8th divisional rally begins in Cumilla He said the caretaker government is now “obsolete”. Quader also said all the hype about a “human sea” went silent after BNP’s Cumilla rally and they will see what’s what in the capital during the Dhaka rally of BNP.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today ruled out any dialogue prior to the next national election, amidst talk of holding dialogues with political parties. “Many say dialogue should be held. With whom should the dialogue be held? With BNP? The convicted Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman who wanted to kill me with grenade attack?” — she asked. The prime minister said this while addressing the sixth triennial national council of Mahila Awami League, an associate body of Awami League, at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka. Read: Govt helping BNP to make Dhaka rally a success: Info Minister Sheikh Hasina said BNP is free to hold meetings and processions, but her government will take stern action if the opposition resorts to arson attacks and killings in the name of anti-government movement. “We have no objection to your movement. But we will not spare a single person if there is any incident of arson attacks, burning people alive and hurling grenades on the innocents,” she warned BNP. Hasina, who is the president of AL, attended the opening session as the chief guest. Read: BNP to launch one-point movement from Dec 10 rally at Nayapaltan The prime minister’s warning came as BNP has launched a campaign of divisional rallies to demand that the AL government step down to pave the way for forming a neutral caretaker administration for holding the next general election. The opposition party is also highlighting the sky-rocketing prices of the essential commodities. PM also lambasted the BNP-Jamaat regime for unleashing a rein of torture and repression across the country after it came to power in 2001. “They came down on the womenfolk. There was not a single place in Bangladesh where their torture and oppression was not done,” she told the conference.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged the government is plotting to cross the hurdles of the next election easily by promptly jailing senior leaders of their party in ‘false’ cases and making them unfit for polls like its Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Speaking at a huge public rally here, he also equivocally said no election will be held in Bangladesh until Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina steps down by handing over power to a non-party caretaker government. “This regime has not kept anything unharmed. We don’t now get justice. They file false, fabricated and fictitious cases against us and convict us. Our all senior leaders have been facing 10-60 cases,” the BNP leader said. Read more: Amid relative ease, BNP’s 8th divisional rally begins in Cumilla Fakhrul said the government is now trying to hasten the trial process of the ‘false’ cases filed against the BNP leaders. "This means that they (govt) want to easily overcome the hurdles of election by throwing those of us now leading the movement in jail the way our leader Khaleda Zia was jailed by convicting her in false cases.” He, however, warned that the people will not let the government this time to hold any more lopsided national elections. As part of BNP’s divisional programme, the party’s Cumilla city unit arranged the rally on Cumilla Town Hall ground. Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies joined the rally in Cumilla amid relative ease with no transport strike this time.