The ruling Awami League announced the names of the nominated candidates for the reserved women's seats in the 12th Parliament. AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader announced the names of 48 candidates after the Parliamentary Nomination Board meeting held in Ganabhaban on Wednesday afternoon. BNP to remain dysfunctional without change in leadership: Hasan Mahmud The nominees are Rezia Islam-Panchgarh, Droupadi Devi Agarwar-Thakurgaon, Ashika Sultana-Nilphamari, Rokeya Sultana-Joypurhat, Kohli Quddus-Natore, Zebin Mahbub-Chapainawabganj, Runu Reza-Khulna, Farida Akhtar-Bagerhat, Farzana Sumi-Barguna, Khaleda Bahan-Bhola , Nazneen Nahar-Patuakhali, Farida Yasmin-Narsingdi, Umme Farzana-Mymensingh, Nadia Binte Amin-Netrokona, Mahfuza Sultana Molly-Joypurhat, Parveen Zaman Kalpana-Jhenaidah, Aroma Dutta- Cumilla, Laila Parveen-Satkhira, Begum Mannizaman Sufian-Khulna, Badhura Ahmed Salam-Gopalganj, Shabnam Jahan-Dhaka, Parul Akhtar-Dhaka, Sabera Begum-Dhaka, Shammi Ahmed-Barishal, Nahid Izhar-Dhaka, Jharna Hassan-Faridpur, Fazilatunnessa-Munshiganj, Sahida Tarikh Dipti-Dhaka, Anima Mukti Gomez -Dhaka, Sheikh Anarkali-Dhaka, Masuda Siddique Rozi-Narsingdi, Tarana Halim-Tangail, Begum Shamsunnahar-Tangail, Meher Afroz Chumki-Gazipur, Aparajita-Tangail, Hasina Bari Chowdhury-Dhaka, Najma Akhtar-Gopalganj, Aruna Chakraborty-Sylhet, Faridur Nahar Laili-Laxmipur, Ashrafun Nessa-Laxmipur, Kanan Ara Begum-Noakhali, Shamima Haroon Lubna-Chattogram, Farida Khanam-Noakhali, Delara Yusuf-Chattogram, Wasika Ayesha-Chattogram, Darthi-Rangamati, Sanjida Khanam-Dhaka, Nasima Zaman- Rangpur. BNP's program is nothing but restarting an old car: Foreign Minister There are 50 reserved seats for women in Parliament, allocated in a manner where each political party receives one reserved seat for every six general seats won. According to the provision, the AL secured 48 seats based on its own and its independents' support. The sale of application forms for the reserved seats began on 6 February at the party's Bangabandhu Avenue central office. Quader anxious to restore party unity ahead of important AL meeting The AL sold 1,553 nomination forms for its 48 reserved women's seats. Obaidul Quader said that they will submit the nomination to the Returning Commissioner of the Election Commission on February 18.
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Tuesday alleged that the Awami League government is showing its arrogance after usurping power through the last month’s ‘dummy’ election. “They (govt) are now showing their arrogance after the farcical dummy election held on January 7 which was turned down by the country’s people. They’re also trying to flaunt the power they've usurped to people,” he said. BNP leader Moyeen Khan meets Peter Haas He came up with the remarks before distributing BNP’s leaflets in the city’s Fakirapool area as part of the party’s fresh programme demanding the cancellation of the 12th parliamentary polls and a fresh election under a non-partisan government. The BNP leader said the country's people have woken up against the government to ensure its fall through a united movement. “We all must take to the streets together in the movement to demand the cancellation of the dummy election...We have started the leaflet distribution programme with that goal,” he said. BNP stuck in quicksand of wrong politics: Quader Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recent comment that there were many crackdowns on the army and many were sent to the gallows during the tenure of Ziaur Rahman, Rizvi said their party founder did everything through a legal process against those who worked against the army. “But you (PM) have made military officers disappear. Where is Brigadier General Abdullahil Amaan Azmi? He was subjected to enforced disappearance during the tenure of your government,” he said. He said that the Awami League government killed about 20,000 leaders and workers of (Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal) JSD and other opposition parties and dissidents in 1972-1975. “Similarly, countless opposition leaders and workers have been killed during the tenure of this regime. Many people, including Ilias Ali and Chowdhury Alam, have been made forcibly disappear." 15 BNP men died in police custody 'for lack of care or torture': Rizvi Later, Rizvi along with some party leaders and activists distributed leaflets among the pedestrians, shop owners, transport workers and rickshaw pullers in the area. The leaflet titled 'Save the country, save the people' demanded the cancellation of the January 7 one-sided by-election, the resignation of the Sheikh Hasina government, and the establishment of an impartial election commission under a caretaker government, the release of jailed BNP leaders and activists, including its chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. As part of the party’s countrywide programme, BNP leaders and workers distributed leaflets in all metropolitan cities on Tuesday also to mount pressure on the government to reduce the prices of essential commodities. BNP on Sunday announced a six-day fresh programme, including mass contact and leaflet distribution, across the country beginning Tuesday.
Independent MP AK Azad on Monday (February 12, 2024) demanded a list of those who have laundered money abroad taking loans from banks be placed in Parliament. Azad, who was elected MP for the first time, came up with the demand while participating in the discussion on the thanksgiving motion on the President’s speech. He said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is totally against corruption and Awami League's manifesto also cited that. “First of all, good governance will have to be established in the banking sector,” Azad said. Read more: Bangladesh Bank sets an 11-point roadmap to realise default loans Welcoming Bangladesh Bank's roadmap for reforming the banking sector, Azad, also President of Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB), said the amount of defaulted loans in Bangladesh is around Tk 1,45,633 crore. “But in reality, the amount is much more. But through write off, the amount of debt is shown less. Those who have taken loans and invested in factories and failed to repay, may be exempted subject to investigation,” he said. He demanded to bring to justice those who did not invest loan money in any business, and instead laundered the money. “They made home at Begum Para, and second homes. Their list should be published in the parliament,” he demanded. Read more: Bank MDs working under increased stress due to default loans, board interference: Experts He also commented that Bangabandhu's dream will not be realised unless they are brought under the law. The independent MP said that those who looted banks are responsible for the rise in commodity prices and inflation. Azad said that he wants to be accountable to the countrymen and voters through this parliament. Azad also said he wants to make the parliament effective and lively through constructive criticism of the government. He expected cooperation of the Speaker in this regard. Read more: Businesses should get opportunities to turn around before wholesale declaration of loan defaulters: FBCCI President
Voting in the election to Naogaon-2 constituency (Patnitala and Dhamoirhat upazilas), which was postponed following the death of independent candidate Aminul Haque, began amid strict security measures on Monday (February 12, 2024) morning. The balloting began at 8 am and will continue till 4 pm without any break. The Election Commission suspended the election due to the death of the independent candidate on December 29, eight-day ahead the 12th national election held on January 7 this year. Visiting several polling stations, the UNB correspondent found a huge presence of voters. Read more: BNP's program is nothing but restarting an old car: Foreign Minister Abdullah Al Mamun, presiding officer of Puiya Government Primary School centre, said that they have taken all preparations to hold the polls in a fair and peaceful environment. With the cooperation of the members of the law enforcement agencies, they will be able to hold the polls in a fair and peaceful environment, he hoped. Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Golam Mowla said all security measures have been taken so that election can be held in free, fair and neutral manner. There are 16 police and Ansar members in important centers each and 15 members in other centers each, he said, adding that on an average there is one police mobile team for every four centers along with a striking team and reserve team. Read more: 15 BNP men died in police custody 'for lack of care or torture': Rizvi Executive Magistrates and Judicial Magistrates are performing duty along with patrolling by members of the Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh, he said. A total of four candidates including one from the ruling Awami League and one from Jatiya Party are contesting the polls.
The government will not allow freestyle political programmes on the streets without permission, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on Wednesday. "BNP’s black-flag procession is illegal. There is no reason to think that they (BNP) will protest on the streets without taking permission and we will accept it," he warned. Obaidul, also Awami League general secretary, was talking at a press briefing at the AL President's office in Dhanmondi this afternoon. BNP and Jamaat still haven’t uttered a single word against genocide in Palestine: Foreign Minister Earlier, police did not allow the BNP to take out processions at seven points of the capital on Tuesday, the day of the 12th parliament went into its maiden session, citing a lack of permission for the street programme. The BNP and like-minded opposition parties were supposed to take out processions holding black flags across the country, including in the capital on Tuesday demanding a fresh election under a non-party government. No one can oust constitutionally elected government: Quader The AL general secretary said no one termed the 12th parliamentary election flawed, not even the United States. After the results of the election, US Ambassador Peter Haas congratulated the Prime Minister and met with some ministers including the Foreign Minister. Regarding price control of essentials, he said, the Prime Minister has given the necessary instructions to the ministries concerned and they have already started to work. “The situation will not change overnight. The government is not just talking but it is in action,” he added. “Stern action would be taken against the illegal hoarders and law violators,” the minister warned. BNP can contest polls again after 5 years: Hasan Mahmud Regarding the nomination of the Awami League for reserved women seats, the general secretary of the party said that Awami League will give importance and priority to those who have been tested and sacrificed for the party. Among others, Awami League organizing secretary BM Mozammel Haque, SM Kamal Hossain, Mirza Azam, Sujit Roy Nandi, and office secretary Barrister Biplab Barua were present at that time.
Foreign Minister and Bangladesh Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud has said the people of the country have already shown a black flag to the BNP by participating in the January 7 national election and re-electing Sheikh Hasina as prime minister. He made the remark when his attention was drawn to the BNP's latest programme - a black flag procession. "Besides, before the elections, BNP had repeatedly knocked on the foreigners' doors. But they also sent observers to monitor the elections and praised the election procedures," said the foreign Minister. The AL leader said the global leaders congratulated Sheikh Hasina's government and expressed interest in working together. "That means the foreigners have also shown a red flag to the BNP," he said. BNP to be restricted strictly if it commits violence in the name of movement: Quader The foreign minister was speaking at the 'Peace and Democracy' rally organized by the Dhaka Metropolitan South Unit Awami League in front of the Awami League's central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on Saturday afternoon. Awami League General Secretary and Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader spoke as the chief guest. This is practically the first meeting of Awami League after the election, and Hasan Mahmud thanked the people of the country for participating in the election and re-electing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government. At the same time, he warned the partymen, saying, "Like a rat peeps out of a hole, BNP is also peeping out of a hole now. They will again try to create unrest in the country. For this, the leaders and workers of the party have to keep a watchful eye." The AL leader also said it should be remembered that Awami League is a party that emerged through its presence on the street and it will always be on the streets. Quader returns home from Singapore after routine health checkup The rally was presided over by freedom fighter Abu Ahmed Mannafi, President of Dhaka Metropolitan South Unit Awami League. AL leaders Md Abdur Razzaque, Advocate Qamrul Islam, Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Hannan Mahmud, Organizing Secretary BM Mozammel Haque, among others, spoke. Ershad, Khaleda rewarded main perpetrator of Ctg mass killings: Foreign Minister
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the BNP will be resisted strictly if it creates violent situation in the name of movement. He came up with the warning while distributing winter clothes among cold-stricken people in Dhandmondi of Dhaka on Friday morning. The relief and social welfare affairs sub-committee of the AL arranged the programme. Quader returns home from Singapore after routine health checkup BNP has no hope at the moment, he said adding that they are now holding procession with black flags, this is a procession of mourning. “Thus they themselves are telling the nation that we are defeated,” he said . Rejecting the BNP’s claim about the number of arrested party leaders and activists, the AL leader said who set fire to trains, buses, killed police by beating and attacked the residence of the Chief Justice are in jail. Ershad, Khaleda rewarded main perpetrator of Ctg mass killings: Foreign Minister He also asked the BNP to face it legally. “In which country punishment is not given for committing crimes? Should we release them as per America’s advice,” said Quader. Global leaders congratulating new govt is driving BNP insane: Hasan Mahmud Chaired by AL Relief and Social Welfare Affairs Secretary Aminul Islam Amin, the party’s Organizing Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, lawmaker Ferdous Ahmed and members of the sub-committee were present on the occasion.
Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday said BNP has gone “insane,” from global leaders congratulating the new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “I had 17 bilateral meetings during my visit to Ugandan capital Kampala, though we were there for two days only. And I exchanged greetings with at least another 17 as we were in the same hall. Each and everyone has congratulated the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he told reporters in a post-visit press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Foreign Minister said BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi used to “talk nonsense” but now that has intensified even more. Hasan Mahmud said all countries have expressed willingness to work together with the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Regarding Awami League Working Committee’s decision to not back candidates with the party's electoral symbol in the upazila elections, the AL joint general secretary said such elections were held in the past without party symbols, including after AL's return to power in 2009. Hasan Mahmud returned home on Tuesday after attending the two-day 3rd South Summit that ended in Ugandan capital Kampala on Monday. During his four-day visit, he also led the Bangladesh delegation in the 19th NAM Summit. The Foreign Minister led the Bangladesh delegation in the third South Summit and delivered a national statement. The South Summit is the supreme decision-making body of the Group of 77. High-level representatives of nearly 100 countries and heads of United Nations agencies attended the meeting. The Summit was held with the theme “Leaving No One Behind”. The statements delivered by the member states emphasized trade, investment, sustainable development, climate change, poverty eradication, and the digital economy in fostering South-South Cooperation and collaboration. The member states including Bangladesh called for solidarity, unity, and complementarity in the Global South to achieve the ultimate goals of sustainable development.
BNP senior leader Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan on Monday said the Awami League government will fall apart 'like a house of cards' as people are not with this regime. Speaking at a discussion, he also said the government’s efforts to stay in power 'with the force of the gun' will not succeed. “The basis of democracy is the people. This government has no foundation since the people are not with them. The government itself does not know when they will collapse like a house of cards,” the BNP leader said. 'India deepened ties with AL, not people of Bangladesh': Rizvi Stating that the force of guns cannot stand up to the power of people’s unity and justice, he urged the government to come to the path of democracy and arrange a fresh and credible election. “Otherwise, the consequences will not be good…people can be defeated with bullets, guns and teargas. But people's love can’t be found. The election of January 7 was not fair. Which was said in all the media of the world,” Dr Moyeen said. He also said the democratic world recognised that there is now no democracy in Bangladesh as the current government usurped power without the mandate of the people. “They are trying to stay in power through the barrel of a gun. Their efforts will never succeed.” Govt to be forced to quit power as it has no ‘foundation’, ‘public support’: BNP leader Moyeen The University Teachers Association of Bangladesh (UTAB) organised the programme titled the “State philosophy of Shaheed Zia in uprooting the new Baksal” at Dhaka Reports’Unity (DRU), marking the 88th birth anniversary of ex-president Ziaur Rahman, the founder of BNP. Dr Moyeen, a BNP standing committee member, said the Awami League does not work for the people as they do the politics of one-party rule and logi-baitha (sticks and oars). “They have sieged all the institutions of the country. They are deceiving the people by talking about the constitution.” He called upon the all professionals, including the teachers, to play a proactive role in restoring democracy and people’s right to franchise: “No one can sit idle when the country lacks democracy. We want to eliminate the system of new Baksal-II.” The BNP leader said the current government wants no one in this country to criticise them and talk about the restoration of democracy as the Awami League has become blind for the lust of power. BNP to bring out black flag processions on January 26, 27 He said the government obstructed a peaceful programme like the distribution of leaflets urging people to boycott the 12th Parliamentary election. “We’ve now announced to take out processions with black flags against the government. But there are threats that if we hold the black-flag processions, then there’ll be a crackdown on us again like in October 28.”
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said the political party that got second highest number of seats in the election will be the main opposition in parliament. “The party that secured the second highest number of seats in the election will be the main opposition party. Independent candidates will remain as independent. If you consider parties, Jatiya Party will be the main opposition ,” he said. Rowshan Ershad urges Jatiya Party leaders to remain united Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said these at a press briefing at the Awami League president's office in Dhanmondi in the capital this noon. He said BNP is now spreading rumours at home and abroad by indulging in anti-government activities. 'India deepened ties with AL, not people of Bangladesh': Rizvi “Rumour terrorism has been associated with their arson terrorism,” Commodity prices are rising all over the world. But they are spreading propaganda by saying this situation is a potential famine,he said replying to a question from journalists. BNP’s social media handles spreading lies and disinformation, Sajeeb Wazed says “If BNP had moved forward with positive politics, it would not have fallen so suddenly. In trying to topple the government, they have fallen into the pit of collapse,” he added.