Awami League’s heavyweight candidates may lose their seats in alliance games!



Searajul Islam Siraj, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Awami League's heavyweight candidates can also lose their constituencies in the grand coalition equation. It is said that the alliance maker is going to give concessions to the senior leaders of the Jatiya Party by rearranging the seats.

Those whose seats are being discussed are the State Minister for Relief Enamur Rahman elected from Dhaka-19 (Savar). KM Rahmatullah elected from Dhaka-11 (Bada, Rampura and Bhatara)Dr. Md. Ali Arafat elected from Dhaka-17. There are strong rumors of the seats being ceded to the Jatiya Party as part of a secret deal.

Jatiya Party co-chairman and former minister Kazi Feroze Rashid was elected from Dhaka-6 (Wari-Gendaria-Sutrapur) constituency in the past 10th and 11th Jatiya Sangsad (JS). Now Awami League is unwilling to give up that seat. Awami League wants to field former mayor Saeed Khokon in that seat. As part of the compromise, discussions are going on regarding the selection of Feroze Rashid from Savar. Kazi Feroz Rashid's garden house is located at Kabirpur in Savar.

Complications have also arisen over the seat of Salma Islam MP, the co-chairman of the Jatiya Party and the chairman of the Jamuna Group, a famous donor of the party. Salma Islam MP's seat Dhaka-1 (Dohar-Nawabganj) has been in a tug-of-war since the 2018 election. Beximco Group chairman Salman F Rahman was elected MP after defeating Salma Islam in that election. Later, Salma Islam became an MP in reserved quota. This time discussion is going on about Dhaka-11 seat as an alternative for Salma Islam where Jamuna Group Head Office and Jamuna Future Park are located. KM Rahmatullah is the current JS member of that seat.

Complications have also been reported regarding the seats of Senior Co-Chairman Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud, Co-Chairman Former Secretary General ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader. Senior Co-Chairman Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud has been elected MP from Chattogram-5 Constituency in the past few parliaments. Awami League does not want to leave that seat for various reasons. There is a heavyweight candidate, former Zilla Parishad chairman MA Salam. Former JP General Secretary ABM Ruhul Amin Howladar was elected from Patuakhali-1 constituency in 2014. Despite the secret agreement in 2018, there remained the Awami League candidate. And Ruhul Amin Howladar was defeated. Awami League's organizing secretary Afzal Hossain was elected MP in the by-election held recently in that seat.

Apart from complications with Awami League, there are still some crises in Jatiya Party's internal affairs. The crisis of Rowshan Ershad's preferred candidates in the government's good book. Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader is unwilling to give concessions to pro-Rowshan leaders. Hussain Muhammad Ershad has repeatedly been elected MP from Jatiya Party stronghold Rangpur-3 constituency. After Ershad's death, Rowshan's son Rahgir Al Mahi Saad Ershad was elected MP from the seat. Party chairman GM Quader is keen on the election to the seat. On the other hand, Rowshan Ershad is also determined to keep his son. There was a tug of war over the issue during the by-elections as well. Dhaka-17 (Gulshan, Baridhara and Cantonment) constituencies have been kept on the negotiation table as part of the compromise. From here he won in 2008 as a candidate of Grand Alliance. The current chairman of the party may vacate the seat.

The issue of seat compromise is going on with strict secrecy. A high-level team is said to be working on it. Jatiya Party Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu told Barta24.com that the matter is neither completely true nor false. I can't comment more than that at the moment.

In addition to these constituencies of senior leaders, there is a severe crisis of confidence among Jatiya Party leaders. Jatiya Party feels that Awami League has not kept any of its promises in the elections of 2008, 2014 and 2018. They have been wronged in many ways. From by-elections, upazila parishads to unions, concessions were not given anywhere. JP candidates have been forced withdraw many times. For that reason, they have considerable doubts about how much they will keep their promises this time. That's why Jatiya Party wants to make sure first and then make a decision. They want to be sure by any means so that Awami League can no longer break its promises.

The schedule of the 12th JS elections was announced on November 15. Jatiya Party wants to think about the election question. Want to delay and see if anything else happens. The party is also keeping an eye on the running of America in particular. Despite selling nomination forms, the party is still stepping on both sides. Many are seeing signs of the 2014 election. Hussain Muhammad Ershad suddenly announced his withdrawal from the election after filing his nomination in 2014. But 87 candidates under the leadership of Rowshan remained in the election despite disobeying that order. Rowshan Ershad announced to participate in the election this time.

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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