The importance of the Jatiya Party has decreased!



Serjul Islam Siraj, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Has the necessity of Jatiya Party, partner in 2008, 2014 and 2018 elections, decreased to Awami League? Faithful companion Raushan Ershad is not getting much response from the government.

Such discussions are being whispered among the senior leaders of the Jatiya Party about the flow of events for several days. They said that Raushan Ershad is not getting the schedule even after asking for the meeting time of the Prime Minister for several days. Apart from the meeting issue, there is not much interest visible from the government's side in seat compromise. Due to this, many people have started moving from their previous position on the election question. They think that those who come out of the BNP alliance may be given more priority.

Many senior leaders do not see any point in going to the polls without securing seats. The pressure is increasing on GM Quader to withdraw from the election. Many people think that there will be no surprise if the announcement of withdrawing from the election comes suddenly like in 2014.

Raushan Ershad, who has been the leader of the opposition in two consecutive parliaments, has given full support to all the issues of the government. Raushan even walked outside the Jatiya Party's decision regarding the 12th Jatiyo Sangsad(JS) elections. While party chairman GM Quader was against elections under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Raushan was on the opposite side. That's why her expectations are very high.

The Raushan camp thought that the 12th JS elections will be held by Raushan as in 2014 and 2018. In those two elections, Raushan Ershad's blessings were elected as MPs. Raushan's blessing is necessary to become an MP. That is why many senior leaders who are with GM Quader are also secretly maintaining contact with Raushan.

Raushan's followers had a firm belief that Chairman GM Quader would not be able to facilitate even if he were to take any drastic action on the party's leadership question. An example of which has been seen in the context of the issue of the leader of the opposition. That's why the followers of Raushan have remained independent about the nomination of Jatiya Party and the upcoming elections. But frustration started to build as Raushan Ershad's followers were kept out of the nominations.

They have been running for days. In addition to trying to meet the Prime Minister, she continues to talk to various agencies of the government, but there is not much response from anywhere. Their thought was that if the GM Quader goes to the hard line, they will declare a separate party. Their desire to form a separate party is now dying on the ground but still unwilling to give up. Hoping for a miracle, the Jatiya Party will go to the polls under Raushan's leadership. And the Raushan nominated candidates will be elected as MPs on the green signal of the government. However, the Jatiya Party has not nominated any of them.

Jatiya Sangsad Opposition Chief Whip Mashiur Rahman Ranga MP said on Tuesday (November 28), something miraculous can happen in the Jatiya Party. On the other hand, Raushan Ershad's political secretary Golam Masih said, Madam (Raushan Ershad) will meet the Prime Minister. Talk to her and then make the next decision. Raushan Ershad is thinking of staying out of the election if necessary.

Not only the Raushan camp but also the GM Quader camp is said to be growing frustrated. Before the announcement of the schedule, there was pressure on them to go to the elections in various ways. It is said that 60 seats were demanded by GM Quader, and Awami League agreed to give 40 seats. Suddenly, many people are seeing the tide of the discussion. Especially when Awami League announced candidates for 298 seats, many people were disappointed. Many senior leaders thought that Awami League would give up their seats like in 2014 or 2018. And in a vacant field without the BNP, they will easily win and go to parliament. Now they are afraid to fight with Awami League candidates.

Senior Co-Chairman Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud MP, Co-Chairman, Former Secretary General ABM Ruhul Amin Howladar, Kazi Feroz Rashid MP, Syed Abu Hossain Babla MP and many other leaders have now decided to withdraw from the election. Some of them are saying to the chairman that the election will be rigged and there is no point in going here. Our candidates cannot stand up to Awami League candidates.

Sources said that along with GM Quader's proposal of 60 seats, Raushan has also given a separate proposal on the issue of seat compromise. Raushan Ershad met the Prime Minister before announcing the election schedule and submitted the list of 35 possible members of Parliament. However, the Prime Minister has urged for a combined list.

Jatiya Party Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu said last week that the matter is not completely true, nor is it false.

The list of Jatiya Party candidates was released on November 27, leaving 11 seats vacant including the Mymensingh-4 (Sadar) seat of Raushan Ershad MP. Raushan Ershad is upset over son Saad Ershad MP's nomination of GM Quader in Rangpur-3 constituency.

Apart from the party conflict, there is a crisis of confidence of Jatiya Party leaders in the government. Jatiya Party feels that Awami League has not kept any of its promises in the elections of 2008, 2014 and 2018. They have been wronged in many ways. From by-elections, upazila parishads to unions, concessions were not given anywhere. JP candidates have been forced to sit many times. For that reason, they have considerable doubts about how much they will keep their promises this time. That is why the Jatiya Party wants to confirm the division first and then make a decision. They want to be sure by any means so that Awami League can no longer break its promises. On the other hand, many have commented that the government is not able to fully trust the GM Quader.

   

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



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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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