The conflict that hangs over the Rowshan-Quader agreement!



Serajul Islam Siraj, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com
The conflict that hangs over the Rowshan-Quader agreement!

The conflict that hangs over the Rowshan-Quader agreement!

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GM Quader is adamant not to nominate Rowshan's followers, and Rowshan Ershad is unwilling to leave her followers alone to go to the polls. Along with this, the conflict between ‘Debar-Bhabi’ (GM Quader-Rowshan Ershad) has become evident over the Rangpur-3 seat of Rahgir Al Mahi Saad Ershad.

If necessary, Rowshan Ershad said that she will stay out of the election, but she will not leave her followers. Even GM Quader is thinking of not participating in the election under her signature, said his close friends.

Rowshan Ershad held a closed-door meeting with senior leaders on Saturday (November 25) afternoon.

Several senior leaders present at the meeting confirmed this information to Barta24.com on condition of anonymity. Opposition chief whip Moshiur Rahman Ranga, former ambassador and Rowshan Ershad's political secretary Golam Masih, Professor Delwar Hossain Khan, Kazi Mamunur Rashid and many others attended that meeting.

Leaders who participated in the meeting told Barta24.com that Rowshan Ershad was very angry with the behavior of ‘Debar’ GM Quader. There was already tension, the distance increased as the Saad pulled on the seat. Rowshan Ershad, who is known as the Prime Minister's confidant, has started to think again. She is trying to meet with the Prime Minister and then wants to take the next decision. After the death of Hussain Muhammad Ershad, her son Saad Ershad was elected as a Member of Parliament from Rangpur-3 (Sadar) seat in the by-election. On November 20, nomination papers for Rangpur-3 seat were collected on behalf of GM Quader. And Rowshan Ershad is very good at it. GM Quader has been elected from Lalmonirhat seat in the last few parliaments.

His close friends said that Rowshan's position was different even a few days ago. Her followers suggested selling nomination papers differently but she did not agree to it. Then she said, everyone should have a party. The party should not be divided.

The Jatiya Party distributed party forms to the candidates from November 20 to 24. Although distribution of nomination papers was over, none of Rowshan Ershad's followers including her son Saad Ershad picked up the nomination papers of the party. However, GM Quader had already announced the decision not to give nomination papers to Rowshan's followers. Even when the daughter of Opposition Chief Whip Mashiur Rahman Ranga, who is known as a pro-Rowshan, came to meet the GM, he did not even show courtesy.

On Saturday (November 25), Secretary General of Jatiya Party Mujibul Haque Chunnu told reporters that our honorable patron Begum Rowshan Ershad called me personally yesterday. She and her son Saad Ershad and Dr. KR Islam sought three nomination papers. If her (Begum Rowshan Ershad) people come today, we will give the nomination papers. Begum Rowshan Ershad said, we will send her nomination paper. If necessary, I will go and deliver it myself. I think maybe send people for nominations. Time is not an issue for him. It will be given when you want it.

The Secretary General of the party has been giving such statements for a few days. On the evening of November 24, Rowshan went to Ershad's house and met him. Still there is no change in the scenario.

The’ Debar-Bhabi’ cold war is visible since the death of Hussain Muhammad Ershad. When Ershad died on July 14, 2019, conflict over the leadership of the party started between ‘Debar and Bhabi’. After Ershad's death, the post of opposition leader of the JS became vacant and the tension started. GM Quader and Rowshan Ershad sent letters to the Speaker. Finally, the Speaker evaluated Rowshan's letter.

Rowshan Ershad suddenly convened a one-sided Jatiya Party Council on August 31, 2022 amid the cold war. A preparatory committee was formed with the date of the party council on November 26. In response, GM Quader's supporters also fell on the field. Within a day, Rowshan wrote to the Speaker to remove Ershad from the post of Leader of the Opposition in the JS. However, in the end, no effect was seen in that letter. GM Quader expelled some leaders including Moshiur Rahman Ranga, who is known as pro-Rowshan . GM Quader wrote a letter to remove Mashiur Rahman Ranga from the post of opposition chief whip. This time also Rowshan Ershad opposed it.

Former ambassador Golam Masih was made the member secretary of Rowshan declared conference preparation committee. The Golam Masih Committee was preparing for the Council with great difficulty. Preparatory Committees formed in 45 districts. Senior and deposed leaders of Jatiya Party who are inactive due to various reasons get a place in it. The party's activities are carried out with a separate office at Road No. 47 in Gulshan. That office still exists.

GM Quader gave an ultimatum to boycott the parliament at a time when the two sides were facing each other. Suddenly both sides broke into a tussle. GM Quader backs down from boycott threat. After 2 months, on October 30, Rowshan suddenly announced the temporary suspension of the council.

When Rowshan Ershad returned home after a long treatment, ‘Debar-Bhabi’ appeared at the Prime Minister's call. After that meeting the ice began to melt. Rowshan Ershad was the chief guest at the Jatiya Party's foundation anniversary ceremony on January 1. After that, Rowshan supporters relaxed a bit.

But the difference between them increased on the question of election. GM Quader was very much against elections, and Rowshan Ershad although was election oriented. Rowshan had announced her participation in the election earlier. And on November 22, GM Quader announced to go to the election under a lot of compulsion. It is said that both the parties have separately prepared the list of Jatiya Party candidates for the election.

On November 18, GM Quader and Rowshan Ershad submitted separate letters to the Election Commission. In his letter, Rowshan mentioned the formation of a grand coalition and the election on boat or plough symbol. On the other hand assign the plough symbol to the GM himself, for this, he sent the specimen of his own signature.

   

Complaining is the politics of BNP: Obaidul Quader



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General Secretary of Awami League and Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said, 'Complaining is their (BNP) politics. We don't do excessive politics. Politics will be dealt with.

He said these things in a view exchange meeting with journalists at Dagonbhuiyan in Feni on the way to his home in Noakhali on Monday (February 26) afternoon.

Obaidul Quader said, BNP will have to pay for the failure of the movement and not coming to the elections for a long time. It is surprising to me that Mirza Fakhrul came out of jail and went to complain with sticks on the day the US delegation arrived. But he got bail due to illness.

He said that the general election was held this time through many difficulties. There were various domestic and foreign conspiracies to foil the election. Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina did not fear anyone. She faced the plot with courage and determination. She has taken herself to unique heights as the longest-serving female Prime Minister in the world.

Obaidul Quader said that people could not even imagine the unprecedented development in this region like the whole country. People have welcomed this development. Feni's name will come to the fore in the development that has taken place in Bangladesh during this government, especially the development that has taken place in the road sector. Six lane flyover at Feni is being constructed. There is no 6-lane flyover outside Dhaka. I speak the truth. Yesterday was Shab-e-barat. I have not seen a good person like Sheikh Hasina since ‘75. There are so many good people in politics. That is why this government has remained in power for so long. She treats people well, and people love him.

Highlighting the party's decision in the upcoming upazila elections, the general secretary of Awami League said, this time we are not nominating anyone from the party in the upazila elections. Boat symbols will not be given either. Everything will be open. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to experience that everything is open.

Obaidul Quader said, I have been made general secretary of Awami League three times. Which no one else could do after independence. It is also rare for a man to stay as a minister for 18 years. I do not know if this precedent can be found anywhere else. Bangabandhu's daughter trusts me and is satisfied with my work, I have achieved that rare fortune.

The minister said that the Dhaka-Chattagram highway will be upgraded to six lanes. There will be two service lanes on both sides of it. The government is considering the development of an elevated expressway in the near future.

District Awami League general secretary Nizam Uddin Hazari MP of Feni-2 Constituency, Deputy Commissioner Moshammat Shahina Akhtar, Chairman of Daganbhoona Upazila Parishad Didarul Kabir Ratan and leaders of district and upazila Awami League and its affiliates were present. 

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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



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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



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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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