Nobody could question January 7 election: Sheikh Hasina



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Nobody could question January 7 election: Sheikh Hasina

Nobody could question January 7 election: Sheikh Hasina

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Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commented that no one could question the 12th Jatiya Sangsad(JS) election.

She made this comment at a special extended meeting of the Awami League at Gonobhaban, the official residence of the Prime Minister on Saturday (February 10) morning.

The Prime Minister said, I opened the election so that the election would not be questioned. No one could question this election. To those who are calling the election questionable, the question is what are the reasons why there was no free and fair election?

She said that the people of this country took up arms and fought in response to the call of the Father of the Nation. Power was not in the hands of the people for 21 years after the assassination of the Father of the Nation. Power was confined in the cantonment. People had no rights. Awami League returned the right to vote.

Awami League president said, this time it has done a good job. What is it - earlier BNP secretly set fire to cars, trains, everywhere. This time they publicly took pictures again. Their guru has told them from London that the picture should be sent. Being told has become a benefit. The fire they are setting, the pictures and the evidence is available, which collects the areas where these incidents took place. For these cases to proceed properly and to receive the punishment, their leader has arranged that punishment. Who will blame! Photographed and sent to please the leader. Now in the digital system it is not difficult to send, collect anyway. That's how the evidence came.

Pointing out that the cases of BNP torture are still pending after the 2001 elections, she said, therefore, the cases should be done properly, witnesses should be given and these perpetrators should be punished properly, they should not be set on fire again in the future and should not have the courage to waste state resources. We have to make arrangements.

Calling on everyone to stand against militancy and corruption, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the money of corruption does not serve any good purpose. Rather, their children will be in danger. Attention should be paid to prevent this bad name from happening. Remember one thing, you participated in the election, you got some votes. Some won, some didn't. But got some votes! People's trust and faith should not be lost, we have to work keeping that in mind and we will win the hearts of the people and move the country forward in the progress of development by continuing the democratic process. We must keep that in mind so that we do not fall behind. I want you to work that way!

The office-secretary of the party Biplab Barua read out the condolence proposal at the special extended meeting. The meeting was moderated by the publicity and publication secretary of the party Dr. Abdus Sobhan Golap.

   

Mirza Abbas granted bail, no bar to release



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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



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



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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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