Upazilla election: Awami League's 'No' to symbol, MPs want to support candidate



Ruhul Amin, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Upazilla election: Awami League's 'No' to symbol, MPs want to support candidate

Upazilla election: Awami League's 'No' to symbol, MPs want to support candidate

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On the occasion of the upcoming upazila elections, the two-phase election schedule has already been announced. Awami League has announced not to give party symbols in this election to be held next month. However, MPs including local activists are informing the center about their support for specific candidates even if they do not give symbols.

They put this proposal in the meeting of central leaders with leaders and activists of Rangpur division and Chattogram division at the central office of Gulistan last Saturday and Sunday.

The upcoming sixth upazila parishad election will be held in four phases. The Election Commission has already announced the schedule for a total of 313 upazilas in two phases for this election of 495 upazila parishads. According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission, in the first phase, the election of 152 upazilas will be held on May 8. After that, the election in 161 upazilas of the second phase will be held on May 21. The third and fourth phase elections will be held on May 29 and June 5.

Awami League has started discussions with grassroot leaders and activists in view of the elections. Obaidul Quader, general secretary of the party, sat with the leaders and activists of Rangpur and Chattogram divisions last Saturday and Sunday as part of the exchange of views with grassroot leaders and activists. There, he said that everyone should vote for their favorite candidates in an open environment, but the leaders and activists present expressed fear of increasing conflict and demanded that a candidate should be supported from the party even if they did not give symbols.

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said to the leaders and activists in an exchange meeting with the leaders and activists of Rangpur division on Saturday (March 30), I am an MP, I will influence the election, I will obstruct the entire process to win him if there is one of me, this cannot happen. The purpose for which this election is opened cannot be disturbed under any circumstances.

At the beginning of the meeting, contrary to the attitude of the general secretary of the party, the top leaders of the party, the district and upazila members proposed that even if the party symbol is not given in the upazila parishad election, one should be given party support. It is known from reliable sources that the top leadership of grassroot held this opinion in the meeting of Chattogram division held on Sunday the next day. In the meetings, grassroot leaders expressed fear that if a single candidate is not given, then divisions in the grassroot will increase. Awami League's votes will be divided, as a result, Jamaat and other parties can take advantage.

Chattogram Awami League leader Abdus Salam commented that 'everyone will worry about the upazila elections' and said that it is being said that MP-ministers or district Awami League leaders will not worry about the upazila elections. The headache is not visible, cannot be seen. Everyone will be worried. Let it be. Earlier also upazila elections were held without party symbols, but there the party supported one. Then there was organizational discipline. Now if five-seven people stand for the post of chairman in an upazila, the MP will support one. District Awami League leaders will support separately. This will further damage the organization.

Commenting that the upazila parishad elections will be free and fair, Awami League joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim told Barta24.com that we will not hold elections with party symbols, that is our decision. There will be participatory elections; we want it, people want it. As a people's party, Awami League has withdrawn its symbol to meet the expectations of the people. Popular that he will get elected. We want popularization to be verified, participatory elections, beautiful elections.

Mentioning that we will congratulate those who will be elected, he further said that if Awami League leaders and activists want to vote for a good person, if they agree to vote, then there is no obstacle here. But we don't want to allow nepotism to influence me to make my brother-son or the MP to make his son, brother-in-law, relative, sister-in-law. If anyone wants to do anything to create disunity within the party, we will not allow it.

In response to the question whether the elections without symbols will cause division within the Awami League, the joint general secretary of the Awami League told Barta24.com that it will not cause division. He who is popular will be elected by popular vote. Those who are running for influence in this upazila election, if anyone wants to establish his own occupation by making own man (chairman) he will fail. The success of the election will be established only through his failure.

   

Mujibnagar Day: Vow to build a non-communal Bangladesh



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Meherpur
Mujibnagar Day: Vow to build a non-communal Bangladesh

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Awami League joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim pointed to BNP-Jamaat and said that today's Mujibnagar Day vow should be to resist those who want to hand over non-communal Bangladesh to communal forces.

He said this at a discussion meeting on Mujibnagar Day at the historical Mujibnagar Amrakanan in Meherpur on Wednesday (April 17) afternoon.

He said, we observe the day from our consciousness and the values of the liberation war. The oath of this day is to resist those who do not want the anti-independence non-sectarian power of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Awami League presidium council member Kazi Zafarullah said that Bangladesh was recognized by the international community through the oath of the first government on April 17, 1971.

On the other hand, accusing BNP of anti-national conspiracy, Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said, BNP and their domestic and foreign allies have distorted the history of the liberation war by creating the situation after 1975.

He also said that after the BNP came to power, the Collaborator Act was abolished and 15,000 war criminals were freed. Banned war criminals have given Jamaat-e-Islami an opportunity to do politics. They are still conspiring against Bangladesh. They do not believe in freedom.

In the speech of the chief guest, Kazi Zafarullah said that Mujibnagar Day is a matter of historical importance. But it is a matter of great regret that there is no nationwide initiative to celebrate the day. Therefore, he drew the attention of the Minister of Liberation War to take measures to observe the day at the district and upazila level of the country from next year.

Bangladesh Awami League organized this meeting to celebrate Mujibnagar Day on April 17, the day of swearing in of the first government in 1971. Besides, the district administration and Ministry of Liberation War organized various grand events around Amrakanan to celebrate the day.

Public Administration Minister Forhad Hossain was the special speaker on the occasion, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque was the guest of honor. Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor Khairuzzaman Liton, son of the first government's Home, Agriculture and Rehabilitation Minister AHM Kamruzzaman, State Minister for Children and Women Affairs Simin Hossain Rimi, daughter of the first Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed, Awami League Organizing Secretary SM Kamal Hossain were special guests. The special speaker was Dr. Abu Saleh Mohammad Nazmul Haque Sagar, Member of Parliament for Meherpur-2 Constituency, District A-League General Secretary MA Khalek, Member of Bangladesh Awami League Syeda Zakia Noor Lipi, Adv. Amirul Alam Milan, Parveen Zaman Kalpana and Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee. Central and local leaders of Awami League were present.

Earlier, ministers, government officials and Awami League leaders laid wreaths at the Mujibnagar memorial at 9:30 am. Awami League leaders hoisted the national and party flags after laying wreaths. This was followed by a guard of honor and parade. Police, BGB, Ansar, BNCC, Girl's Guide and the parade of students from various educational institutions impressed the thousands of people present.

In the second phase, the discussion meeting was held at the Sheikh Hasina stage. At the end of the discussion, the Bangladesh Ansar-VDP orchestra team performed a ballad called "Sonali Sapner Desh" where the development activities of the government are highlighted.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Liberation War and Meherpur district administration jointly organized a grand event. From the previous day, festoons, arcades, colors and lighting were done all over the Mujibnagar complex. In the evening, artists of the country will perform music in a wonderful cultural program. 

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Prime Minister orders to keep an eye on the situation in the Middle East



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered all the members of the Cabinet and the relevant ministries to keep a close eye on the ongoing tension in the Middle East following Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel.

Cabinet Secretary Md. Mahbub Hossain said this at a press conference organized to announce the decision of the Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat on Wednesday (April 17) afternoon.

Earlier, a Cabinet meeting was held at the Prime Minister's office under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Cabinet Secretary said that after the attack, the prime minister asked all sectors to be ready to deal with its response. However, she did not specifically said about trade or economy. Everyone has been asked to prepare and report on this.

Giving an example, Md. Mahbub Hossain said, for example: If the price of oil increases, what will we do to deal with that effect, she asked to prepare.

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CID has found the involvement of Bodi's two brothers in drug smuggling



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Police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said that Aminur Rahman and Abdur Sukkur, two brothers of Teknaf's former MP Abdur Rahman Bodi, are associated with Cox's Bazar-based drug trade.

Additional IGP Muhammad Ali Mia said this in response to a question from journalists at a press conference organized at the CID's media center in Malibagh in the capital on Wednesday (April 17) in the afternoon regarding the confiscation of assets of drug lords.

The CID chief said action will be taken against those found involved with drugs, whoever he is. We found the involvement of his (Bodi's) brothers and their followers. We will interrogate Bodi's two brothers and if his (Bodi's) name comes up there we will also arrest him. No one will be exempted in the matter of drugs.

Asked about the role of Bodi's two brothers, the CID chief said that Aminur Rahman and Abdur Sukkur brought Yaba from Myanmar in different ways. After that they are delivered to different places by their assigned associates. Already 6.9 acres of land belonging to Bodi’s brothers has been identified. Besides, the information of 40 percent of the land worth Tk. one crore has been found. Land information has not been digitized yet. As a result, the work of collecting this information is going on at the field level in various ways. We can give more details about this later.

Initially, the CID investigated 35 cases and found various movable and immovable properties including money (kept in bank accounts), purchased land, houses and flats illegally earned from the drug business of the godfathers of drug cases. The amount of illegally earned money in these cases is about Tk. 178.44 crore.

Additional IGP Mohammad Ali Mia said that CID has already frozen 9.14 acres of land and 2 houses worth Tk. 8.11 crore of the godfathers in 3 cases of croc and drug related money laundering and Tk. 1 crore 1 lakh 23 thousand 425 kept in the bank in various cases. Another 35.173 acres of land, 12 houses and 1 car valued at Tk. 36.82 crores are in process of sale.

The CID chief said, you know that at least 80 thousand drug recovery cases are registered in the country every year. Most of those arrested are drug peddlers and users. At times, investigating officers end their investigations within these two categories. As a result, the original godfathers of drugs remained hidden. But since 2021, the CID has taken the initiative of arresting the drug godfathers and collecting the assets and depositing them in the government coffers. This will create a panic among the drug dealers of the country. They will leave the drug trade and do legitimate business. Besides, no one will be encouraged to join this profession. Because you know drug is a capital less business. As a result, many people get involved in illegal business to take advantage of easy income. 

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11 killed in three-way collision between private- truck and auto



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Eleven people were killed in a three-way collision between a truck-private car and an auto-rickshaw on Gabkhan bridge area of Jhalkathi. Several people were injured in this incident.

The accident happened on Wednesday (April 17) at noon.

This was confirmed by Jhalakathi Superintendent of Police Mohammad Afruzul Haque Tutul.

According to eyewitnesses and the police, there were many vehicles including easy bikes and private cars waiting to pay money at the toll Plaza of Gabkhan Bridge. Meanwhile, a cement truck hit all the vehicles in front and broke the barrier and went to the side of the road. This accident happened.

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