So close yet so far!



Tasnim Hassan, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com, Chattogram
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Three chairs as well side by side. Three candidates are sitting on those three chairs touching distance. But no one talks to anyone. On the contrary, the 'war of words' is going on. This 'war' is to find flaws in the nomination papers of one candidate for the other. But at the end of the alliance, the two could not lose one!

So close yet how far this 'story' is during the scrutiny of nomination papers of Chattogram-15 (Lohagara-Satkania) constituency at the Chattogram district administration office.

On Monday (December 4) afternoon, arguments continued for about a quarter of an hour. These three candidates are Awami League's boat symbol candidate and current MP Abu Reza Muhammad Nezamuddin Nadvi, independent candidate Satkania Upazila Awami League president MA Motaleb and South District Awami League member Dr. A. M. M. Minhazur Rahman.

Before becoming a member of Parliament in 2014, Abu Reza Muhammad Nezamuddin Nadvi was not a member of Awami League. That is why he was elected as a member of parliament from Chattogram-15 constituency in two consecutive elections as a candidate of the boat symbol, but he still could not gain the 'trust' of the local Awami League leaders and activists. This time the local leaders of Awami League united to stop Nadvi. Several leaders collected party nominations. Still, Awami League trusts Nadvi. However, MA Motaleb and Dr. AMM Minhajur Rahman announced to contest as independent candidates.

Although they were separate candidates, Motaleb and Minhajur had been holding various programs together. However, everyone was putting forward Motaleb as Nadvi's strong rival. It was also felt in the field. Motaleb's supporters have been attacked by Nadvir's supporters in the last few days. Nadvi's supporters also held a sweeping march against Motaleb. Motaleb also complained to the Returning Officer in this incident. That's why everyone was watching what Nadvi and Motaleb do during the nomination scrutiny.

Monday (December 4) was the last day for the scrutiny of nomination papers. Scrutiny of nomination papers of Chattogram-15 seat started at 3 pm today. Both sides came with a lot of preparation for this. Particularly, Nadvi brought along with a huge panel of lawyers. There were at least 12 lawyers in this panel led by Legal Affairs Secretary of Nagar Awami League and Public Prosecutor of Chattogram District and Sessions Judge Court Advocate Sheikh Iftekhar Saimul Chowdhury. On the other hand, Motaleb was accompanied by two lawyers.

In the beginning, Motaleb's two lawyers pointed out various flaws in the nomination papers submitted by Nadvi. They questioned Nadvi's 90 bhori gold price mentioned only at two and a half lakh taka. In 2018, Nadvi had mentioned 50 bhori gold in his nomination papers for the 11th JS elections. That means he has acquired an additional 40 bhori gold in the last five years. But Motaleb's lawyers claim that there is no way that the price of gold can be Tk. 2.5 lakh compared to that.

Then Dr. AMM Minhazur Rahman raised questions about receiving honorarium and allowances from International Islamic University, Chattogram on the report published in a newspaper about Nadvi's affidavit. Besides, regarding the 12th election management manual, the issue of receiving honorarium from foreign donations is controversial. However, Nadvi's lawyers countered this claim. In this way various arguments for and against continued. But in the end Nadvi won the argument. Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Abul Basar Mohammad Fakhruzzaman gave the 'judgment' in favor of Nadvi. He said, after considering all the documents, the nomination of Nadvi has been considered correct.

Then the scrutiny of Motaleb's nomination papers began. The Deputy Commissioner questioned two of the 10 people who were selected through dual voting from his 1 percent supporter list. He said that the two did not sign on behalf of Motaleb during verification by the local Assistant Returning Officer. However, when Motaleb brought the two supporters there, the Deputy Commissioner took the initiative to verify their National Identity Card (NID) of the two. But at this stage Nadvi's lawyers raised questions. They said that there is no opportunity to revive the matter which was settled by the Assistant Returning Officer during verification. After this argument, the Deputy Commissioner finally advised Motaleb to appeal to the Election Commission and informed him that his nomination paper had been cancelled.

Then the nomination paper of Minhajur also raised questions about that one percent supporter. The Deputy Commissioner said that 7 out of 10 supporters who were selected through dual voting presented wrong information. At the same time, Nadvi's lawyers also alleged that a person named Syedul Haque was shown as a supporter by both Motaleb and Minhajur. But Minhajur could not give any explanation about this. Ultimately his nomination was also cancelled.

Abu Reza Muhammad Nezamuddin Nadvi was seen the whole time. Basically the lawyers argued for him. And Motaleb's two lawyers were somewhat uncomfortable in front of the arguments of Nadvi's 4-5 lawyers. That's why Nadvi didn't have to say anything in return.

Nadvi said while leaving after verifying the nomination papers, "The people of Satkania-Lohagara are with me. They will make me the winner in the January 7 elections.

On the other hand, MA Motaleb is not giving up even though the nomination papers have been cancelled. He said that he will appeal to the Election Commission and after the appeal he will get his candidature back.

Many people who saw Nadvi and Motaleb-Minhaju's 'fight' during the scrutiny of nomination papers said, 'Nadvi is a cool-headed player. As always, this time he also made advanced preparations.

He brought down the lawyers. Other candidates have fallen behind in this game of Nadvi. That's why the allegations against Nadvi did not hold water. On the contrary, the other candidates have become useless.

   

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



Special Correspondent, Barta24.com
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



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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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"BNP could not be started even if many pushed it like an old car"



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com,Chattogram
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Foreign Minister and Joint General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Dr. Hasan Mahmud commented that BNP could not be started even though many domestic and foreign people pushed it like an old car.

The foreign minister said these things in the chief guest's speech at the memorial meeting of late president of Chattogram South District Awami League former Member of Parliament Moslem Uddin Ahmed on Monday (February 12) evening. This memorial meeting was organized on the occasion of the first death anniversary of Boalkhali Upazila Awami League President late Moslem Uddin Ahmed.

He said that BNP was like an old car that was sitting but could not be started even if pushed by many domestic and foreign people. To start this old car of BNP, the battery has to be changed. But they also have a obsolete battery in London. If this battery is not thrown away, the political car of BNP will never start again. Requesting BNP to be active, I will say that without a change in leadership, your party and politics will never survive.

The foreign minister said, so far the heads of state and government of 70 countries have congratulated our Prime Minister. Joe Biden has written a letter to the Prime Minister, saying he wants to work with the Bangladesh government. A few days later Rishi Sunak also sent a letter congratulating her. The Secretary General of the United Nations also wrote a letter to congratulate. Congratulations by all of the European Commission. So many congratulatory messages have never come before. The whole world has congratulated the government led by Sheikh Hasina, and expressed its desire to work with this government. And after seeing these, the BNP was confused for a few days and could not understand what to do.

Dr. Hasan Mahmud said that there were many conspiracies regarding the election. At first the conspiracy was to prevent the election, when it could not be prevented. Then the conspiracy was to disrupt the elections by creating sabotage. When they could not do that, then the plan was to make the election not acceptable at home and abroad. When the whole world is congratulating, then BNP said now we will distribute leaflets. You distribute leaflets; don't go to distribute petrol bombs. If you do that, you will be given lesson.  The late Moslem Uddin Ahmed, who became a leader from an activist, was mentioned by the foreign minister. Hasan Mahmud said that he became a leader from the back row workers of the procession. He was an example of how a worker can become a leader.

Boalkhali Upazila Awami League President Nurul Amin Chowdhury and General Secretary Upazila Chairman Rezaul Karim Raza conducted the commemoration meeting as a special guest. Chattogram South District Awami League President Bir Muktijodha Motaherul Islam Chowdhury MP, Member of Parliament for Chittagong-8 Constituency Md. Abdus Salam, South District Awami League Joint General Secretary Pradeep Das, Information and Research Secretary Abdul Quader Sujan and others were present.

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