Dhaka, Mar 26 (UNB) –Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday stressed the need for a united movement of people for the restoration of their rights and a democratic governing system.
“We've been on a movement and we must continue it uniting people to get rid of the current situation of the country and restore people’s rights,” he said.
Dr Kamal came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after paying homage to the Liberation War martyrs at Savar National Mausoleum, marking the 49th Independence Day.
Dr Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, said the nation got the independence and constitution, and introduced a democratic governing system through movements. “But we must consolidate the unity of people and carry out a movement to make the democratic governing system functional.”
As per the constitution, he said, people are the owners of all power and the state. “Those who deprived people of their ownership of the country they've committed an anti-constitutional and anti-liberation act. We’ll have to carry out a united movement so that no one can deprive us of our rights.”
As his attention was drawn to BNP’s allegation of restoration of one-party rule by the current government, Dr Kamal said people’s unity can resist autocracy.
He also said people’s unity is the of all power. “Those who want to deprive people of such power they create divisions among people. So, we all must wage a united movement to completely get rid of the current situation.”
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday alleged that the government has ‘destroyed’ the Liberation War spirit through repressive acts.
“The spirit and ideals holding which people fought the Liberation War have been destroyed today. Liberation means freedom of people who live in the country, their economic and political freedom which this Awami League government has destroyed completely,” he said.
While addressing a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh arranged by BNP on the occasion of the Independence Day and National Day, Fakhrul also said Awami League had ‘ruined’ the independence through establishing BAKSAL in 1975. “Similarly, it wants to establish BAKSAL today through torture and repression after 48 years of independence.”
Turning to party chief Khaleda Zia who has been in jail since February 8 last year, he alleged that that the government is not providing treatment to her.
The BNP leader also said they will free their chief through a movement together with people.
Speaking at the programme as the chief guest, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain alleged that the government is now in power with ‘muscle power’.
Claiming that BNP founder Ziaur Rahman had proclaimed the country’s independence, he cited references from 36 books where statesmen of different countries recognised Zia as the proclaimer of the independence. “The government is trying to diver people’s attention to a different direction through distorting history over the proclamation of the independence.”
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – The Chhagalnaiya Upazila polls, scheduled for March 31, was stayed by the Appellate Division chamber judge on Monday after hearing a petition on the candidacy of two independent candidates.
Justice Hasan Foez Siddique stayed the candidacy and set March 31 for hearing the petition by a full Appellate bench.
Local Awami League leader Shahidullah Majumdar and former Chhatra League leader Abdul Halim’s nominations were scrapped by the returning officers on March 6. The duo moved the High Court Division after the Election Commission rejected their plea.
On March 14, the High Court declared their candidacy legal, prompting Awami League candidate and incumbent Upazila Chairman Mejbahul Haidar Chowdhury Shohel to move the Appellate Division.
A new date for Chhagalnaiya Upazila polls will be fixed later by the Election Commission.
The third phase of upazila election was held on Sunday in 117 upazilas amid reports of sporadic violence and allegations of vote rigging and other irregularities. The first and second phase took place on March 10 and March 18 respectively, while the fourth phase is scheduled for March 31.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – The maiden election to Mymensingh City Corporation will be held on May 5, the Election Commission (EC) announced on Monday.
Electronic voting machines will be used in all the 130 voting stations in the election of the country’s 12th city corporation.
EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed declared the election schedule after the 46th meeting of the Commission at Nirbachan Bhaban in city.
According to the schedule, the deadline for submission of nomination paper is April 8, while the date for the scrutiny of the nomination papers is April 10 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 17, he said.
“The entire city election will be held with EVMs,” said the EC Secretary.
The government upgraded Mymensingh municipality to the country’s 12th city corporation in April last year, which has 471,858 people in its 91.315 sqkm areas.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – Jatiya party senior cochairman Raushon Ershad has got the official recognition as deputy leader of the opposition in parliament.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury gave the recognition on Sunday following a letter sent to her on March 23 by leader of the opposition in parliament HM Ershad to take steps in this regard, said a gazette notification issued by the Parliament Secretariat.
On Saturday, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad and leader of the opposition in parliament HM Ershad removed his brother GM Quader from the post of deputy opposition leader and replaced him with Raushon.
The maverick former military strongman, known for frequently changing his decisions, sacked his brother from the party post of cochairman on Friday.
On January 4, Ershad had nominated his brother as the deputy leader of the opposition in parliament.
Raushon, the party’s senior cochairman, was the opposition leader in 10th parliament.