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‘Jatiya Oikya Front’ launched without B Chy

Jatiya Oikya

MNA National Desk: BNP, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya and a faction of Jukta Front on Saturday launched a new opposition alliance, ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’, ahead of the 11th national election without Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. The new alliance envisages realising seven demands, including the resignation of the government, dissolution of parliament, formation of an election-time neutral government and the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and meeting 11 goals. Dr Kamal Hossain came up with the announcement of the Jatiya Oika Front at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club while Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna ...

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Khaleda to be taken to BSMMU


MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) from old Dhaka Central jail on Saturday afternoon for her treatment in response to a court order. She will be taken to the hospital from the jail around 3 pm, said Inspector General of Prison Brigadier General Syed Iftekhan Uddin Ahmed. Meanwhile, Jail Superintendent Iqbal Kabir of Keraniganj Central Jail met Khaleda in the morning. The High Court on Thursday directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment, reported news ...

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BNP rolls out 7-point charter of demands


MNA National Desk: The BNP has announced a seven-point list of demands, including a general election under a neutral polls-time government, and two days of programmes during its public meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan. Amid speculations on whether BNP will take part in the 11th general election, the party has unveiled its plans for the run-up to the polls while announcing a number of demands and future visions for the country if it returns to power. At a rally in Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Sunday, top BNP leaders urged the people to get united to oust the incumbent “undemocratic government” to ...

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BNP rally at Suhrawardy Udyan starts


MNA National Desk: Hundreds of BNP supporters and activists have joined the party’s rally at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and its Standing Committee Member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain and other senior leaders reached the venue. Following the rally, huge traffic congestion created in different points of the capital, causing immense suffering to people, reported news agency. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police gave permission for the rally on 22 conditions, including the party’s own arrangement of security, when two BNP representatives met DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia around 11:30am yesterday. Police asked the party leaders to end the ...

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BNP gets permission to hold rally


MNA National Desk: The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was finally given permission on Saturday to hold its planned public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Sunday. On Monday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference said that they sought permission from the authorities concerned to hold a public rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of their party’s Naya Paltan central office on Thursday. But the party rescheduled it on Tuesday for Saturday. Meanwhile, the party on Thursday sought fresh permission from the DMP authorities to hold the public rally on Sunday ...

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Oikya Prokriya asks govt to accept 3-point demand by Sept 30

Jatiya Oikya Prokriya

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, gave the government a deadline to meet its three-point demand, including steps for the formation of an-election time neutral government through discussions with political parties, by September 30. Their two other demands are taking effective steps for reconstituting the Election Commission and dissolving parliament before the announcement of the election schedule. Oikya Prokriya also announced to hold rallies across the country with the presence of national leaders from October 1 to involve people in their unity process. Engineer Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah, the convener of the National Committee to Protect ...

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Political alliance: Inadequate to bridge the distance with people


MNA Editorial Desk: With everything on course, we are approaching the 11th national election of Bangladesh to be held very soon. The political field is becoming vulnerable with so many uncertainties revolving around this poll. Few feels that the path is very clear for the ruling party to claim victory and hence forming the government for the third consecutive period. Many people think that there will be some extraordinary movements prior to the poll and the opposition parties will come alive to clinch the victory as they believe the ruling party has lost its touch with the voters. Few movements ...

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BNP starts token hunger strike demanding Khaleda’s release

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MNA National Desk: BNP started a two-hour token hunger strike in Dhaka demanding its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and her proper treatment. The program began on the premises of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh around 10am on Wednesday. BNP leaders and activists holding banners, festoons, and placards joined the program. They are chanting slogans demanding their chairperson be freed from jail, reported news agency. A large number of law enforcers were also deployed near the venue to maintain law and order. The token hunger strike is scheduled to end around noon. Additionally, a similar program is being held ...

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BNP forms human chain for Khaleda’s release

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MNA National Desk: BNP has formed a human chain in front of city’s National Press Club demanding release and proper treatment of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia. “We would likely to clearly say the election will never be acceptable to people if Khaleda Zia remains in jail,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Speaking at a human chain programme, he said, “The government must release our leader (Khaleda) from jail. If they do it, we will understand they want an acceptable election.” As part of its countrywide scheduled programmes, hundreds of BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain ...

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BNP leaders to meet home minister today

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MNA National Desk: A high-profile Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) delegation will meet home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday to discuss party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition, reported news agency. A 10-member BNP delegation, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will meet the minister at 3:00pm at his Secretariat office as per the schedule given by the minister. The home minister has given his nod for talks with the BNP delegation, party chairperson’s media wing member Shairul Kabi Khan told. BNP leaders have been alleging for the last two days that their chairperson’s health condition has deteriorated sharply ...

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11th National Election: Reality After The Dress Rehearsals


MNA Editorial Desk: It is not very far that we are going to participate and observe the 11th national election scheduled to be held at the later part of this year. All the city corporation elections which were scheduled to be held prior to the national election are over. The results of these local government elections were very important as those were considered to be the dress rehearsal of the general election though conducted in a much less significant parameter. In the last few City Corporation elections country’s largest opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party also participated and made the polls competitive. ...

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BNP’s Ariful re-elected as Sylhet mayor


MNA National Desk: BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury has finally been elected Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), after reelection in two suspended centres of the city held on Saturday. Ariful bagged a total of 92,598 votes after getting 2102 votes in the two polling centers while Awami League candidate Kamran got 86,392 votes, including 527 votes from the latest two centres, said Returning Officer Md Alimuzzaman. The two polling centres– Gazi Burhanuddin Garam Dewan Government Primary School and Hobinandi Government Primary School– of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) election were postponed due to various irregularities on July 30. The BNP ...

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Quader says ‘No’ to BNP’s conditional election


MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has dismissed the conditions the BNP announced for its participation in the upcoming general election. Bangladesh will not agree to any provisions before it holds an election, the Awami League leader said. Quader described the BNP’s announcement that it would boycott the election again unless Khaleda Zia was released from jail as just ‘cacophonous noise’. “It stinks of conspiracy. We hear hints of violence and sabotage in these words.” “Bangladesh will not hold a conditional election,” he said. “The election will be held according to the constitution. There is no need ...

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Arrest warrant against Khaleda, Goyeshwar


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued arrest warrant against Bangaldesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia and her party’s standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy for making derogatory remarks about the number of martyrs in war of liberation and martyred intellectuals, reported news agency. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Abu Sayeed issued the warrant allowing a plea of plaintiff AB Siddiqui. The court also set 7 August for submitting report on execution of the order. According to the case documents, Khaleda at a rally of Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal on 21 December 2015, had made the objectionable remarks. Her party ...

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Voter’s trust on EC: Clear and detailed message is mandatory


MNA Editorial Desk: In recent days, the most talked about issue throughout the country seems to be the 11th National Election scheduled to be held by the end of this year. While the participation of the country’s largest opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) under the current electoral format is still under question, the ruling party Awami League (AL) is actively preparing their fields to participate in the upcoming election to regain the power of the government for the third consecutive time. Meanwhile, the Election Commission (EC) is going through a quite busy time as after the new CEC’s taking office ...

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Gazipur poll campaign begins today


MNA National Desk: The Awami League and BNP-backed mayoral aspirants will begin their official campaign from today for the upcoming Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) polls scheduled to be held on June 26. Earlier, AL-backed candidate Jahangir Alam collected his symbol ‘boat’ and BNP-backed Hasan Uddin Sarker collected his symbol ‘paddy stack’ from the regional election commissioner Rakibuddin Mandol, reports news agency. Marking the city corporation election, Gazipur Peshajibi Somonnyo Parishad will organise a view exchange meeting at Gazipur Press Club at 11:00am on June 20. The city corporation has 1.13 million voters in 57 wards. This is the second election ...

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BNP to stage demonstration Wednesday

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MNA National Desk: The BNP will stage demonstration in the capital on Wednesday to protest the authorities’ refusal to grant permission for its countrywide rally scheduled for today (Monday). BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed made the announcement at a press briefing held at party’s Nayapaltan office around 11am on Monday. He said they tried to hold a rally in front of their central office at 2:00pm on Monday demanding the release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail for ensuring her better treatment. ‘But, police didn’t give us permission to hold the rally at the behest ...

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Jail authorities cancel Khaleda’s relative visit


MNA National Desk: The jail authorities have cancelled a planned meeting of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia with her family members citing illness, reported news agency. Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir says they are worried about her health. Khaleda’s sister Selina Islam, son Tarique Rahman’s mother-in-law Iqbal Mand Banu and Tarique’s sister-in-law Shahina Khan Zaman Bindu, and several other relatives went to visit her at the old jailhouse on Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka on Friday afternoon. Mirza Fakhrul said they had permission to visit her, but the jail authorities did not allow them to see her. He said the authorities ...

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Audio clip of Tarique’s conversation goes viral


MNA Exclusive Desk: An audio clip of the telephone conversation of BNP leader Tarique Rahman had with Dhaka University teacher Mamun Ahmed about the agitation for quota reforms has gone viral on the social media, reported news agency. Prof Mamun has acknowledged having the conversation with the London-based acting chairperson of the BNP on Tuesday. Speaking to news agency on Wednesday evening, he said: “(Tarique) asked about what stance the White Panel (of pro-BNP teachers) has taken on the movement.” “I told him our position on the issue is much the same as the others. We favour reforms.” Prof Mamun ...

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ACC want to keep BNP away from polls

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MNA National Desk: BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday alleged that the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) were working with an identical goal to keep BNP out of the next general election. “The Anti-Corruption Commission is working as a government agent and their goal is the same. Both are trying to keep BNP away from the election race,” he said. Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “I would like to tell them that BNP will join the next polls, no matter what plots and repressive measures you resort to.” National People’s Party (NPP), one ...

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BNP’s human chain for Khaleda’s release

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MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain in Dhaka this morning as part of their countrywide protest demanding release of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Senior leaders and supporters of BNP gathered in front of Jatiya Press Club since 10:00am with placards and chanting slogans, blocking one side of the road. Huge number of law enforcers cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble. BNP’s districts, city units are also scheduled to observe the programmes at their convenient time and places. Earlier on Sunday, the party announced two-day countrywide fresh programmes, including formation of human chain ...

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Appeal filed challenging Khaleda’s verdict

MNA National Desk: Counsels of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal petition challenging the verdict sentencing the former prime minister to five years of imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The appeal plea was filed with a branch of High Court at about 3:00pm on Tuesday, said Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Barrister Kaysar Kamal. Earlier, the senior lawyers of Khaleda Zia hold meeting for several hours at the hall room of Supreme Court’s bar in the morning. Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, Abdur Rezak Khan, Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon, Barrister Badruddoza Badal, Sanaullah Mia, Aminul Islam, ...

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PM assures of polls with or without BNP


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has restated that the national election will be held in time with or without the BNP as she attended a press briefing after returning from Rome at Dhaka on Monday. “We cannot do anything if the BNP doesn’t participate in the election. The election will be held in time,” Hasina said. The BNP had stayed away from the 2014 election demanding a neutral polls-time administration, which they still want. Now, the BNP has ruled out going to the election with Chairperson Khaleda Zia in prison. “Nobody can do anything, if they don’t participate,” ...

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BNP submits memorandum to DC office


MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists on Sunday submitted a memorandum, containing its demand to release the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to Dhaka’s Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Salah Uddin. BNP chairperson’s advisor Barrister Ziaur Rahman, Dhaka district unit BNP president Dewan Mohammad Salahuddin and numbers of party leaders and activists of the unit submitted the memorandum to the DC at noon. Later, BNP leaders and activists staged a demonstration in front of the DC office, and chanted various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release. Earlier, several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered near Victoria Park from 10:00am amid the presence of huge ...

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UN expects fair polls in Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: The United Nations has expressed the hope that a favourable climate will be created in Bangladesh to hold a free and fair election. “…like in any country, this is our principal position that a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric told reporters in a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Friday, reported news agency. He said they are following the situation in Bangladesh very closely. “We’ve expressed our concern.” On Wednesday, a European Parliamentary delegation hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh will become ...

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BNP begins signature campaign

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MNA National Desk: The BNP has started mass signature campaign demanding release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir inaugurated its pre-scheduled programme around 11am on Saturday at party’s Nayapaltan office in the capital. On Thursday, BNP announced fresh agitation programmes which included conducting mass signature campaigns across the country today, submitting memorandums to all deputy commissioners on Sunday and staging demonstrations in all district towns and metropolitan cities, except for Dhaka, on Tuesday. The BNP chief was sent to jail on February 8 after a special court in Dhaka had sentenced her to five ...

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BNP announces fresh protests


MNA National Desk: The BNP has chalked out fresh programmes to press for the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia. The protests will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at a press conference on Thursday. Khaleda, a three-time prime minister, is serving a five-year jail term after a Dhaka court convicted her on Feb 8 in a graft case involving the Zia Orphanage Trust. BNP will launch a mass signature campaign on February 17. The party will submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner on February 18 and hold protest programmes ...

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