BNP is steadfast at one point



Akram Hossain, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Elections will not be fair under the present government. The BNP, the main opposition party on the streets has realized this after going to the polls more than once. For which the party demands a non-partisan caretaker government during the election period and has taken a firm stand in realizing this demand. New traps are being set to take the BNP to the polls under the party government. However, the party has said that it will not fall into any more trap of Awami League.

The BNP decided to boycott all elections under the Narul Huda Commission, alleging rigging in the city corporation elections and local government elections held in 2020 and 2021. The announcement was made by BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on February 28 last year. After that the party did not take part in any other election. First they first announced a boycott of the election under the Huda commission. Later, the BNP decided to boycott the elections under the party government. Since then, the party has been adamant in its decision. Going beyond the decision and taking part in the Narayanganj City Corporation election, Taimur Alam Khandaker was expelled from all the posts of advisor to the chairperson and BNP.

A reliable BNP source told Barta24.com that the BNP is no longer going to the polls under the party government. That's for sure; this decision will not change. The decision came at a series of standing committee meetings held last September. This decision was taken on the basis of everyone's opinion. Now only the demand of the BNP is a non-partisan government. Not thinking anything out of it.

The BNP boycotted the process of forming the Election Commission out of adherence to the demands of the caretaker government. They did not respond to the President's call for dialogue. The BNP secretary general commented that the dialogue was meaningless. BNP has barred the parties from participating in the dialogue.

BNP organizing secretary Emran Saleh Prince told Barta24.com that the BNP would not participate in any election without a non-partisan neutral caretaker government. No election under the present government can be participatory and reflect the free will of the people. People's representatives will not be elected or a change of power will be reflected in the independent opinion of the people. That is the constant truth today. That is why we have rejected the President's dialogue. At the same time, we have rejected the call of the search committee.

"We will build a movement with the people to establish a caretaker government," he said we will force this government to resign. A non-partisan neutral caretaker government will be formed and a new election commission will be formed through them.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said it was not possible to hold a neutral, fair and acceptable election under any circumstances under the present government. This fact has been proved in the 2014 and 2018 parliamentary elections and local government elections. So we think this illegitimate government should resign and power should be handed over to a neutral government. The only way to overcome the current crisis is to establish a people's representative parliament and government through a participatory election, which is acceptable to all under the auspices of a neutral election commission under a neutral government.

The main opposition party in the field did not seat idle demanding a caretaker government. Various activities are being carried out to realize the demand. New plans are being drawn up although no action has been taken in the field of corona restrictions, various preparations are being made. They are trying to convince development partners to put pressure on the government. Letters have already been sent to several friendly countries. At the same time, the process of a greater unity with the opposition is moving forward. The BNP has already held meetings with several parties. It will also interact with civil society step by step. They are trying to bring everyone to a consensus on a common issue.

   

Complaining is the politics of BNP: Obaidul Quader



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General Secretary of Awami League and Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said, 'Complaining is their (BNP) politics. We don't do excessive politics. Politics will be dealt with.

He said these things in a view exchange meeting with journalists at Dagonbhuiyan in Feni on the way to his home in Noakhali on Monday (February 26) afternoon.

Obaidul Quader said, BNP will have to pay for the failure of the movement and not coming to the elections for a long time. It is surprising to me that Mirza Fakhrul came out of jail and went to complain with sticks on the day the US delegation arrived. But he got bail due to illness.

He said that the general election was held this time through many difficulties. There were various domestic and foreign conspiracies to foil the election. Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina did not fear anyone. She faced the plot with courage and determination. She has taken herself to unique heights as the longest-serving female Prime Minister in the world.

Obaidul Quader said that people could not even imagine the unprecedented development in this region like the whole country. People have welcomed this development. Feni's name will come to the fore in the development that has taken place in Bangladesh during this government, especially the development that has taken place in the road sector. Six lane flyover at Feni is being constructed. There is no 6-lane flyover outside Dhaka. I speak the truth. Yesterday was Shab-e-barat. I have not seen a good person like Sheikh Hasina since ‘75. There are so many good people in politics. That is why this government has remained in power for so long. She treats people well, and people love him.

Highlighting the party's decision in the upcoming upazila elections, the general secretary of Awami League said, this time we are not nominating anyone from the party in the upazila elections. Boat symbols will not be given either. Everything will be open. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to experience that everything is open.

Obaidul Quader said, I have been made general secretary of Awami League three times. Which no one else could do after independence. It is also rare for a man to stay as a minister for 18 years. I do not know if this precedent can be found anywhere else. Bangabandhu's daughter trusts me and is satisfied with my work, I have achieved that rare fortune.

The minister said that the Dhaka-Chattagram highway will be upgraded to six lanes. There will be two service lanes on both sides of it. The government is considering the development of an elevated expressway in the near future.

District Awami League general secretary Nizam Uddin Hazari MP of Feni-2 Constituency, Deputy Commissioner Moshammat Shahina Akhtar, Chairman of Daganbhoona Upazila Parishad Didarul Kabir Ratan and leaders of district and upazila Awami League and its affiliates were present. 

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Mirza Abbas granted bail, no bar to release



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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A court has granted bail to BNP Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas in the case of Dhaka Railway Police. As he has been granted bail in all 11 cases related to the October 28 mass rally, there is no more bar to his release from prison.

On Monday (February 19), Dhaka's Chief Judicial Magistrate Julhas Uddin's court granted the bail.

Earlier, BNP Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas was granted bail in a case lodged at the capital's Ramna police station in connection with the attack on the Chief Justice's residence on Sunday (February 18).

After October 28, six cases were filed against Mirza Abbas in Paltan police station of the capital. And four cases were registered in Ramna police station. A case was filed with Dhaka Railway Police Station.

The detective police arrested Mirza Abbas from Shahid Bagh in Dhaka on the night of October 31. He has been in prison ever since.

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No bar to release Fakhrul, Khasru from jail



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Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury

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A Dhaka court has granted bail to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and its Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury in a case filed for attacking Chief Justice's residence. There is no bar to their release from jail as they were granted bail in all the 11 cases filed over the October 28 rally.

Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court Acting Judge Faisal Atiq Bin Kader granted the bail on Wednesday.

Additional Public Prosecutor Taposh Kumar Paul confirmed the bail information.

Lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder said that the case was an obstacle to the release of Mirza Fakhrul and Amir Khasru. There is no bar to their release as now they are granted bail. Advocate Zainul Abedin appeared for the accused. Advocate Asaduzzaman, Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Barrister Masud Ahmed Talukder also stood for bail in the case.

They prayed for bail considering the illness, age and social status of the accused. Dhaka Metropolitan Public Prosecutor Abdullah Abu opposed the bail on behalf of the state.

After hearing both sides, the court granted them bail on a bond of Tk 5,000.

There are allegations that BNP activists and supporters carried out sabotage activities at the Chief Justice's residence during the party's grand rally on October 28, 2023. A case was filed with Ramna Police Station against 59 BNP leaders and activists, including Mirza Fakhrul, over the incident. On October 29, Mirza Fakhrul was arrested from his Gulshan-2 residence. He has been in jail since then.

Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested Amir Khasru from his Gulshan residence around 1:45am on November 2. The next day, on November 3, the court granted a six-day remand. He was sent to jail on November 9 after remand.

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Awami League nominates candidates for reserved women seats



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Obaidul Quader briefs about the AL nominations for reserved seats in JS

Obaidul Quader briefs about the AL nominations for reserved seats in JS

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Awami League has announced the names of nomination seekers for the reserved women seats in the 12th Jatiya Sangsad.

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader announced the names on Wednesday afternoon.

The candidates are: Tarana Halim (Tangail), Sanjida Khanam (Dhaka), Nazma Akter, Farida Yasmin (Narsingdi), Monnujan Sufian (Khulna), Rokia Sultana, Naznin Nahar, Ashika Sulkana, Draupadi Devi (Thakurgaon), Kuheli Kuddus (Natore), Shammi Ahmed (Barisal), Ashika Sultana (Nilphamari), Runi Reza, Meher Afroz Chumki (Gazipur), Hasina Bari, Nazma Akhter, Dr Rokeya Sultana (Joypurhat) and Jebin Mahmud (Chapainawabganj).

Awami League will get 48 seats (including 10 for independents) out of 50 reserved seats in the 12th Parliament. Against these 48 seats, 1549 women collected and submitted Awami League nomination forms. The party earned Tk 7 crore 74 lac 5 thousand by selling nomination forms worth Tk 50,000 each. Nomination forms were sold from the party's central office on Bangabandhu Avenue from February 6 to 8.

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