Dhaka, June 27 (UNB) – Amid the agitation by the aggrieved group of leaders of its dissolved committee, the distribution of nomination forms among the aspirants for contesting the election to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s president and general secretary posts was postponed on Thursday.
Talking to UNB, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, BNP vice chairman and ex-president of JCD, said they could not sell the nomination forms today as per the schedule due to some internal problem. “We’ve postponed the sale for today (Thursday). We’re now in a meeting to resolve the problem and will take the decision about the nomination sale tomorrow (Friday),” he said.
Earlier on June 23, Convener of JCD election management committee and chief election commissioner Khairul Kabir Khokon announced the schedule for the election to its new committee’s president and general secretary posts.
As per the schedule, nomination papers were supposed to be distributed on June 27-28.
Meanwhile, the aggrieved JCD leaders and activists took position in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office with sticks and cricket stumps around 1pm and staged demonstration there demanding the cancellation of the election to BNP’s student body’s election.
They damaged the close circuit camera on the ground floor of the office and switched off the main switch of power connection to it.
The protesters also threw eggs towards the third floor of the BNP office where ex-JCD leaders were staying.
They demanded withdrawal of a specific age limit in contesting the election, expulsion order against their 12 leaders and annulling the election schedule.
The protesters ended their agitation around 4pm calling upon the BNP leaders to resolve the problem in discussions with them.
JCD's last committee was formed on October 14, 2014 with Rajib Ahsan as its president and Akramul Hasan as general secretary and it was dissolved on June 3 last.
A BNP press release, signed by Rizvi on June 3, said candidates planning to vie for various posts will have to be primary members, students of any educational institution in Bangladesh, and must have passed SSC and equivalent examinations either 2000 or later on, prompting a group of leaders staging demonstration seeking the withdrawal of age limit.
Dhaka, June 27 (UNB) – Stating that Jamaat in 1971 and 2019 is not the same one, President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmad on Thursday claimed that current leaders of the Islamist party love the country.
Speaking at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club, he also hinted that Jamaat can also be there in the new political platform, ‘‘Jatiya Mukti Mancha’, floated under his leadership.
Oli said his party together with Kalyan Party, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party (Jagpa), Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish and Democratic National Movement has formed the new platform to realise their 18-point demand, including the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and ‘restoration’ of democracy in the country.
Replying to a question whether Jamaat will be there in their platform, he said, “We’ll take all the patriotic forces who believe in the independence of Bangladesh with us…we must unite the nation as only weak people want to divide the nation.”
He further said, “Jamaat in 1971 and Jamaat in 2019 is not the identical one. “The current Jamaat leaders love Bangladesh.”
Oli, a valiant freedom fighter, said the current Jamaat leaders changed and corrected themselves to be a patriotic force. “They’re now a force which loves the country. We hope those who love the country and want to free Khaleda Zia and the country’s people will come with us as we want to keep them with us.”
Asked whether they have floated the new platform due to BNP’s failure, he said he is not willing to talk about anybody’s failure. “We all, including the freedom fighters, have the failure.”
He said they have formed the platform to free Khaleda Zia and ensure people’s voting rights.
Dhaka, Jun 27 (UNB) - President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmed on Thursday announced to float a new political platform, ‘Jatiya Mukti Mancha’, in a bid to free BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and ‘restore’ democracy in the country.
At a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club, he said Kalyan Party, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party (Jagpa), Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish and Democratic National Movement are there in the new platform alongside his party to realise their 18-point demand.
“We can’t remain silent in the current bad economic and political situation of the country. So, we decided to free Khaleda Zia and restore democracy. The nation will be freed from dictatorship if Khaleda Zia is released,” Oli said.
He further said, “We’re announcing the formation of Jatiya Mukti Mancha to achieve this goal. We believe all the nationalist forces will come forward in unison to free the nation from the current situation.”
The LDP chief urged all the democracy-loving, patriotic political parties, all social organisations and all youths and elderly people to get involved with the platform.
Presenting the 18-point demand of the Jatiya Mukti Mancha, he said they will go to people with their demands to mobilise support.
The 18 demands include arranging the national election under a non-party neutral government, holding a fresh national election and releasing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
“We would like to clearly say our Jatiya Mukti Mancha won’t indulge in any destructive and terror acts. People now fear of taking to the street, we’ll have to encourage them to come out of their home. We’ll also make the government understand to come to the straight path from the wrong one,” Oli said.
He hoped that opposition parties will join their platform to ensure justice in society.
Asked whether his party will quit the BNP-led 20-party alliance with the formation of new political body, Oli said Jatiya Mukti Mancha is not a political alliance, rather a platform. “We’re there in the 20-party and will remain so in the days to come.”
At the programme, BNP executive committee member and freedom fighter Ismail Hossain Bengal joined LDP by presenting Oily a bouquet.
Ex-AL MP Golam Maula Rony, who joined BNP before the 11th parliamentary election, was also present at the press conference.
Dhaka, June 27 (UNB) – The condition of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), has improved but he is not out of danger yet.
“Doctors said that his condition has improved 25 percent in the last 24 hours,” party’s acting Chairman GM Quader said at a meeting with leaders of Barishal and Khulna divisions in Dhaka on Thursday.
Ershad was admitted to the CMH on Wednesday morning. He has been suffering from various ailments for the last nine months and received treatment from aboard at different times.
“Doctors said he’s still not out of danger,” Quader, the younger brother of Ershad, said. “It’ll take some time for him to recover.”
Due to his poor health, Ershad on April 6 reinstated Quader as party chairman in his absence and a day later, he donated his assets to a trust.
Dhaka, June 26 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday expressed the hope that their imprisoned party chairperson Khaleda Zia will be freed soon on bail and lead a democratic movement in the country.
“I’d earlier said she (Khaleda) would get bail by a week, and she was granted bail in two cases by the time. We’re now waiting to get bail for her in two more cases as we’re trying to free her through a legal process,” he said.
Speaking at a seminar, the BNP leader further said, “Khaleda Zia will return among us very soon by getting freed on bail, and she’ll lead the democratic movement. The rule of law and democracy will be restored in Bangladesh under her leadership.”
BNP arranged the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said Khaleda is being repressed as she has been kept in jail for over 15 months in a ‘false and fake’ case.
He alleged that their party leaders and activists have been going through serious repression over the last 10 years. “I think it won’t be possible to eliminate BNP through repressive acts. This government has rather established BNP to remain for the next 100 years through its repression.”
The BNP leader said those who were subjected to repression over a decade will never support Awami League.
Speaking at the programme, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir stressed the need for forging a strong unity of people to oust the current ‘autocratic’ regime. “The strength of people’s unity is the only way to defeat those who want to establish one-party rule and cement power for long time. That’s why we badly need to forge the people’s unity.”
Apart from people’s unity, he said, political parties, intellectuals and human rights activists also must get united to get rid of the ’misrule’ of the current ‘despotic’ government.
Fakhrul said their leaders and activists were repressed, but they were not mentally defeated. “We’ll defeat the government through a united movement.”
He alleged that the way their party leaders and activists were repressed over the last 12/13 years is unprecedented in the world.
The BNP leader said many of their party leaders and activists alongside Khaleda Zia have been kept in jail as the government wants to cement the ‘one-party’ rule in the country.
He said their main demand is now to have their chairpersons freed from jail. “Then we demand holding a fresh election immediately under a non-party government. We think a fresh credible election is the only way to resolve the current political problem.”
At the beginning of the seminar, a documentary was screened depicting the torture and repression on BNP leaders and activists.
Some victims, who were made disappeared and repressed and rape at different times, narrated their bad and painful experiences at the programme.
Some foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka, including representatives from the UK, Australia, India, Japan and UNDP, were present at the event.