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.
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.
Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday asked the members of the ruling Awami League (AL) to stay alert during the upcoming rally in Dhaka by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on December 10. “BNP has been demanding resignation of the government for 12 years. We know what may happen on December 10 as we’ve seen their recent divisional rallies. The number of people who attended the rallies is nothing compared with the number of people who attended our party programmes at district level,” Hasan said. Read more: BNP wants rally at Nayapaltan with aim to anarchy: Hasan Mahmud The Minister added that the government is trying their best so that BNP can organise their programmes peacefully. “We couldn’t hold any political programmes when BNP was in power. We had to sustain grenade attacks, while no such incident has happened during BNP’s programmes under our rule. It has been possible because the government has ensured security for them,” he said. Read more: BNP to launch one-point movement from Dec 10 rally at Nayapaltan He also said that Purbachal, not Nayapaltan, is the perfect place for BNP’s upcoming divisional rally in Dhaka. “Even if we block all the roads adjacent to BNP’s Nayapaltan office, no more than 50,000 people can gather there. But BNP is saying that millions will join their Dhaka rally. There is no place inside Dhaka city, which can accommodate such a huge number of people except Purbachal. That’s why BNP will have to organise their rally there if they want to make it successful,” Hasan said.
Awami League nominated Advocate Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia for Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) election, to be held on December 27. AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader announced the name of the nominated candidate through a press release. Read: Rangpur city polls: JP decides to stick with what works According to the schedule, candidates can submit their nomination papers to the returning officer and assistant returning officer until November 29. The returning officer will scrutinise the nomination papers on November 29 and December 1. December 8 has been set as the final date for withdrawal of candidature. The Election Commission also decided to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) and CCTV cameras in the election. Voting will start at 8:30 am and continue till 4:30 pm without any break. Read: Election Commission won’t favour any political party: Anisur Rahman Director General of Election Training Institute Abdul Baten will serve as the returning officer of Rangpur City Election. A total of 3,93,994 voters will cast their votes at 193 centres to elect the Rangpur mayor, 27 general ward councillors and 11 reserved ward councillors. The last election to Rangpur City Corporation was held on December 21, 2017.
BNP wants to hold its Dhaka divisional rally at Nayapaltan instead of any other venue or ground in the city as its aim is to create anarchy, said Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday. “Their (BNP) intention is not good,” he told the reporters after an anti-tobacco advocacy meeting organised by Unnayan Samannoy in the city. He said the purpose of holding the rally in Nayapaltan is to vandalise vehicles and create anarchy, leading to public suffering. Read more: BNP should apologize before using Padma Bridge: Hasan Mahmud The government doesn't want to obstruct any rally, he said. “If the government had wanted, they (BNP) couldn’t have held any of these (previous seven) rallies.” In fact, it was BNP who obstructed Awami League’s rally by carrying out grenade and bomb attacks, in the process killing many people, said Mahmud. “We are providing them all the support from the government so that they can hold rally peacefully. And they are holding rallies peacefully,” the minister added. Regarding the militant issue, Mahmud said BNP is the chief patron and financer of militancy in the country. “Begum Khaleda Zia had opposed the arrest of militants as there are militant groups in their alliance,” he added. Read more: Hasan Mahmud to BNP: Don't play with people's lives “The very recent rise of militancy and Mirza Fakhrrul Islam Alamgir’s statement is interlinked. They want to create instability in the country,” the information minister said.
The 30th annual council of Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of the ruling Awami League, will be held on December 8 and 9. "The council will be held at the Suhrawardy Udyan," BCL’s central committee president Al Nahiyan Khan joy told a press conference on Monday. AL president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given her consent to join the annual conference at Suhrawardy Udyan, he said. Read more: 6 arrested over ex-BCL leader Biplab’s death The BCL organised the event at the Madhur Canteen of Dhaka University where the leaders and activists from different hall units and college units were present. Joy said that the council of Dhaka University Chhatra League Unit will also be held on December 3 at the premises of Oporajeyo Bangla sculpture in front of the historical Arts Building of Dhaka University. He said the council for Dhaka city (north and south) Chhatra League will be held on December 2 and 3 at the Suhrawardy Udyan near Dhaka University. Asked about illegal money transactions for posts, Joy said they are merely allegations without any proof. Read more: BCL leader arrested in Savar for ‘cattle lifting’ “If anyone makes complaints against us with proper documents and proof, we will take action. Bangladesh Chhatra League is an organisation that executes its activities following the ideals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” he said.
Mentioning that BNP has started terrorist activities again, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said that the country cannot be handed over to the patron of terrorists. The minister said these while addressing the tri-annual conference of Chattogram North District Krishok League, held at Chattogram Engineers Institution as chief guest. “Those who used to snatch money from people by building Hawa Bhaban, who installed poles without providing electricity, who attacked grenades on August 21st, who created Bangla Bhai all over the country and killed people, We can't hand over the country to those terrorists,” he said. Read more: Hasan Mahmud to BNP: Don't play with people's lives “Tarique Rahman means the son of corruption and five times champion in corruption. If someone is asked ‘Who is the biggest thief of Hawa Bhaban?’, the answer is Tarique Zia” he said. “If BNP comes back to power, they will peel the skin of everyone's back. We can't hand over the country to those who want to pe people's backs, so everyone should be united,” he added. North District Krishak League President Nazrul Islam Chowdhury presided over the function while Krishak League president agriculturist Samir Chand inaugurated the conference. Chattogram North District AL President MA Salam, its General Secretary Sheikh Ataur Rahman, newly elected Zilla Parisad Chairman ATM Pearul Islam, Central Krishok League leader Akbar Ali Chowdhury, Rezaul Karim Reza, among others, addressed the function as special guests. Read more: Jubo League is enough to face BNP: Hasan Mahmud Earlier in the morning, Dr. Hasan Mahmud, also the joint general secretary of Awami League, visited Chittagong's historic Pologround where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the public meeting on December 4 as the chief guest.
The Advisory Council of Bangladesh Awami League will sit in a meeting on Saturday morning ahead of its 22nd triennial national council to be held in December next. AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the meeting to be held in her official residence Ganabhaban. Read: Awami League never wasted a single taka of Bangladesh’s money: PM AL general secretary Obaidul Quader asked the advisory council members to attend the meeting, following health protocols, said a press release on Friday. The 22nd triennial national council will be held on December 24 to elect the party’s next leadership. The decision for holding the council was taken at a meeting of AL Central Working Committee on October 28 last.
Claiming that Awami League does not believe in the politics of revenge, Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said BNP is the master of vindictive politics and Ziaur Rahman had started the politics of revenge in the country. The minister made the remarks while addressing as the chief guest the national conference of Bangabandhu Sainik League at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KBI) Auditorium in the capital. Read: BNP should apologize before using Padma Bridge: Hasan Mahmud Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said "To intimidate Sheikh Hasina will yield no result...although BNP leaders are in a defensive mood in words, an aggressive showdown remains in their hearts,". He said it seems as if they (BNP leaders) have come to power, Hawa Bhaban is back and a victory procession will be brought on city streets. BNP leaders threatened several times in the past that they would oust the government through movement but all went in vain, added the minister. Read: Japanese ambassador’s comment on election ‘absolutely true’: BNP Actually, BNP does not see any development of the government because they see the darkness of night during the daytime, he said. He said Bangladesh will never go towards uncertainty rather BNP is moving towards uncertainty. Dr. Abdus Sobhan Golap, AL's publicity and publication secretary and newly elected president of Bangabandhu Sainik League Harunur Rasid, among others, spoke at the conference with Sainik League convener Shirin Ahmed in the chair.