Ivy- Shamim Osman: Where is the end of this conflict!



Sultan Mahmud Arif, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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The word Ivy-Shamim Osman is also closely associated with the word Narayanganj. Even if their party is one, if one is right, the other is left! In the battle of words, one did not hesitate to address the other person rudely. Even the central leaders of the Awami League tried to resolve the dispute but could not find any solution. And the upcoming election is really like ‘pouring ghee’ on that dispute!

The 'conflict' between Selina Hayat Ivy and Shamim Osman's family is very old. However, in the 2011 city elections, it 'burned like purple in oil'. Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy won the election as an independent candidate. She defeated her nearest rival Shamim Osman by a margin of 1 lakh 1 thousand 343 votes.

Then in the 2016 city corporation election, the Awami League relied on Ivy. And the people also put their trust in her for the second time. She was elected mayor by a huge vote. Ivy has twice been elected mayor of the city corporation. Following this, the Awami League has put its trust in Ivy by offering ‘boat’ again.

District Awami League general secretary Abu Hasnat, co-president of the metropolitan Awami League Chandan Shil and general secretary Khokon Shah, who are followers of the Osman family, sought nomination in this election but party president Sheikh Hasina handed over the ‘boat’ symbol relying on Ivy. Since then a new war of words has started.

Ivy's main rival in the election is Taimur Alam Khondaker, a former adviser to the BNP chairperson. However, the main rival was Taimur Alam Khandaker but all eyes were on Narayanganj-4 MP Shamim Osman. On the other hand, Shamim Osman was in a silent role from the beginning.

Selina Hayat Ivy made explosive remarks about Shamim Osman just when the discussion was at its peak.

Shamim Osman, a prominent political figure of Narayanganj, finally broke the silence as he was called 'Godfather' in the election campaign.

Ivy didn't stop at just saying 'Godfather'. She claimed that independent mayoral candidate Taimur Alam Khondaker was Shamim Osman's candidate. As a result, Shamim Osman came to a press conference to clear his position in Narayanganj city election. In addition to announcing his position at the press conference, he did not stop talking to Ivy. Although Shamim Osman announced to stay on the field for Awami League, the situation is still murky.

Shamim Osman spoke for 55 minutes at the press conference. "It simply came to our notice then. Narayanganj is boat base, no one else's game will be played here. From today I got on the boat campaign.”

He also took the name of the boat in the whole press conference, but did not take the boat candidate once. Selina Hayat is the name of Ivy. Rather, he said, ‘Who is the candidate here, who cares. It is not up to us to decide whether it is a banana tree or a mango tree.’

On the other hand, in the election campaign, Ivy commented on Tuesday, "It is not Shamim Osman but the people of Narayanganj who are my hope". Pointing to Shamim Osman's support, she said, "The tide of my boat has already risen. In this city Nabiganj, Bandar, Kadam Rasul, Sonakanda, Siddhirganj, across the river, Narayanganj boat tide has already risen. And this shows how far the water of conflict has flowed.

In the context of which many people think that the conflict was not resolved through this press conference, but new ‘kerosene was poured into the fire.’

Jahangir Alam, senior joint general secretary of Narayanganj district Awami League, told Barta24, "We came to Awami League politics through Chhatra League." I have obeyed the orders of the party. But the dissolved BCL committee of Narayanganj has gone against the boat. They have been working for more different candidates without campaigning, which is frustrating. For this they have been declared void. This leader said that it has been good for the party.

Many people think that Shamim Osman was forced to hold such a press conference under a lot of pressure. The party symbol announced to go down in favor of the boat candidate. Because, in Narayanganj, Shamim Osman and his followers are not in favor of the party's mayoral candidate; instead, some have been working for Ivy's rival independent candidate Taimur Alam Khondaker, it has been revealed in various ways.

It remains to be seen whether Selina Hayat Ivy or Taimur Alam Khondaker will win the Narayanganj city seat in the midst of such a game of words and conflict. The eyes of the entire country, including Narayanganj, will be on the results of the January 16 election.

BNP extends support to student's shutdown program



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The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has expressed its support for a total shutdown across the country on Thursday (July 18) to demand quota reforms in government jobs.

Didar Hasan, a member of BNP's media wing, gave this information in a press release on Thursday (July 18) at 12:15 p.m.

Didar Hasan said that 7 people were martyred in the violent attack of the police and the armed Chhatra League on the peaceful movement of the students. Apart from this, many people were injured in the massive attack by RAB, Police, BGB and SWAT on the protesting ordinary students even today. According to the decision taken by the BNP National Standing Committee meeting today in this despicable bloody incident, full support has been given to the 'Complete Shutdown' program called by the anti-discrimination student movement tomorrow on July 18 for the logical demand of quota reform in government jobs.

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Hundreds of cocktails were recovered in raids at BNP's Nayapaltan office, 7 detained



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More than 100 cocktails and firearms have been recovered from the central office of BNP in Nayapaltan of the capital. Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DB) arrested seven people, including the former president of Chhatra Dal, Shravan.

DMP Additional Commissioner of Police (Detective) Mohammad Haroon Or Rashid told reporters after the raid on Tuesday (July 16).

The DB chief claimed that more than a hundred cocktails, seven domestic and foreign weapons, and more than 500 batons were seized in a raid at the BNP central office. Seven people including the former president of Chhatra Dal were arrested.

Haroon said that the BNP central office was raided keeping a close eye on the ongoing quota reform movement and a group is trying to take it to a different direction.

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The Anti-Liberation forces have fueled the quota movement: Quader?



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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said in a statement that the spirit of the Great Liberation War and Anti-Liberation forces have influenced the quota reform movement.

He said this in a statement sent to the media by Awami League office secretary Biplab Barua on Friday (July 12).

Awami League General Secretary said that the Appellate Division has given a stay order of four weeks on the judgment of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court regarding reservation of quota in government jobs. After this order of the Appellate Division, the judgment of the High Court Division has no effect at present. Still, there is no justification for the students' movement to continue. The spirit of the Great War of Liberation and the evil forces against freedom has filled this movement.

Questioning against whom the students will protest, the Bridges Minister said, the order of the Supreme Court's Appellate Division is in their favor. The continuation of the movement after this proves that some group or faction is instigating the movement to achieve a political objective. If the students continue this movement, the suffering of the common people will increase. Public suffering is being created. If the people become hostage to this movement, they will lose confidence in the young students. A certain political faction is trying to gain advantage by creating conflict between students and people.

He said, "We do not believe that all sensible students want to ignore the directives of the highest court of the country." Only those who are politically motivated are trying to show force by ignoring the court's directives.

Obaidul Quader said that whenever there is any movement, BNP-Jamaat and their allies use it as a tool and they are consumed by the nightmare of coming to power. Now they are trying to build on the quota movement because people have no confidence in them. When they were in power they turned Bangladesh into a failed state through corruption, looting, terrorism and extremism.

He said that BNP’s convicted fugitive leader Tariq Rahman institutionalized corruption by opening Hawa Bhaban. Thousands of crores of money are illegally smuggled out of the country and live a luxurious life in London. He has no relation with the common people of the country. BNP has been rejected by the people time and again due to the non-politicos of this corrupt leadership. They could not succeed in any anti-government movement. Therefore, whenever a non-political movement is organized, BNP tries to politicize it by capitalizing it.

Obaidul Quader said, Awami League is always sincere towards the logical demands of the people of the country. No logical demand was ever ignored by the Awami League. Bangladesh Awami League is always working towards the construction of a prosperous state by embracing the hopes and aspirations of the people.

Calling upon the young students, Awami League General Secretary said, you will not be abused as someone's political tool. At the final hearing, the counsel for the agitators has the opportunity to present further arguments. The highest court of the country will settle the matter through the final hearing. The court will take into account the grievances of the protesting students during the final hearing and give a realistic final judgment and the matter will be settled.

Calling upon the agitators to be patient, he said, I request them to avoid all such programs that may cause suffering to the people and return to their educational institutions as per the court's instructions.

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Khaleda Zia's life is under threat: Fakhrul



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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's life is in danger, she has many ailments which we have repeatedly highlighted to the nation. But the government did not care.

Mirza Fakhrul said these things to the journalists after seeing Khaleda Zia in the hospital on Monday (July 8) afternoon and came to the chairperson's office in Gulshan.

Earlier, after a week of returning home with a pacemaker implanted in the heart, she was again admitted to Evercare Hospital on Monday morning. She is undergoing treatment in the cabin under the close supervision of the medical board.

BNP Secretary General said, now it has become a national demand that the BNP leader should be released unconditionally. The injustice being done to her is extreme injustice. She is being deliberately held to death due to political vendetta.

Fakhrul said, today she came to the hospital, she has to come suddenly. You see, she had to come to the hospital a few days ago. Constantly very complicated diseases attack her. We have repeatedly said that she needs to be treated in a multi-disciplinary medical center abroad. But unfortunately they (government) are not releasing Begum Khaleda Zia because of political revenge.

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