Govt. to consider whether Khaleda will be resent to jail: Hassan



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Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said since the BNP has failed to realize the generosity of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shown towards convicted BNP leader Khaleda Zia, it will be considered whether Khaleda will be sent to jail again or not.

He made the remark while talking to reporters after arriving at Cox's Bazar airport on his one-day tour to the beach town.

Hasan, also the Awami League joint general secretary, said Begum Zia is a convicted one and she did not get bail in court.

"Her (Khaleda's) sentence was not commuted. Despite this, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, with her administrative power, has given her (the BNP leader) the opportunity to stay with her family outside the jail," he said.

The information minister said: "But, the language (BNP secretary general) Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir spoke on Thursday, it seems to us that they have failed to realize the generosity of the Prime Minister shown to Begum Zia."

Now the government must think whether the premier will reconsider her order and send Khaleda back to jail, he said.

Terming Khaleda Zia a vindictive one, Hasan said due to her vindictiveness, she celebrated her fake birthday by cutting cake on August 15 and during her reign, a grenade attack was carried out by her son to kill AL President Sheikh Hasina.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to Khaleda's house to mourn her son's death, but she did not open the door due to vengeance.

"The BNP has failed to understand the sympathy the Prime Minister has shown to such a vindictive person. So, we have to think whether Begum Zia will be sent to jail again," the AL joint general secretary said.

About the students' movement demanding half-fare on public transport, the minister said he personally is in support of the demand as he enjoyed the opportunity to give half-fare on public transport during his student life.

Member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Saimum Sarwar Kamal, AL Religious Affairs Secretary Sirajul Mustafa, President of Cox's Bazar District AL Faridul Islam Chowdhury and its General Secretary and Municipality Mayor Mujibur Rahman were, among others, present on the occasion.

BNP is steadfast at one point



Akram Hossain, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Elections will not be fair under the present government. The BNP, the main opposition party on the streets has realized this after going to the polls more than once. For which the party demands a non-partisan caretaker government during the election period and has taken a firm stand in realizing this demand. New traps are being set to take the BNP to the polls under the party government. However, the party has said that it will not fall into any more trap of Awami League.

The BNP decided to boycott all elections under the Narul Huda Commission, alleging rigging in the city corporation elections and local government elections held in 2020 and 2021. The announcement was made by BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on February 28 last year. After that the party did not take part in any other election. First they first announced a boycott of the election under the Huda commission. Later, the BNP decided to boycott the elections under the party government. Since then, the party has been adamant in its decision. Going beyond the decision and taking part in the Narayanganj City Corporation election, Taimur Alam Khandaker was expelled from all the posts of advisor to the chairperson and BNP.

A reliable BNP source told Barta24.com that the BNP is no longer going to the polls under the party government. That's for sure; this decision will not change. The decision came at a series of standing committee meetings held last September. This decision was taken on the basis of everyone's opinion. Now only the demand of the BNP is a non-partisan government. Not thinking anything out of it.

The BNP boycotted the process of forming the Election Commission out of adherence to the demands of the caretaker government. They did not respond to the President's call for dialogue. The BNP secretary general commented that the dialogue was meaningless. BNP has barred the parties from participating in the dialogue.

BNP organizing secretary Emran Saleh Prince told Barta24.com that the BNP would not participate in any election without a non-partisan neutral caretaker government. No election under the present government can be participatory and reflect the free will of the people. People's representatives will not be elected or a change of power will be reflected in the independent opinion of the people. That is the constant truth today. That is why we have rejected the President's dialogue. At the same time, we have rejected the call of the search committee.

"We will build a movement with the people to establish a caretaker government," he said we will force this government to resign. A non-partisan neutral caretaker government will be formed and a new election commission will be formed through them.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said it was not possible to hold a neutral, fair and acceptable election under any circumstances under the present government. This fact has been proved in the 2014 and 2018 parliamentary elections and local government elections. So we think this illegitimate government should resign and power should be handed over to a neutral government. The only way to overcome the current crisis is to establish a people's representative parliament and government through a participatory election, which is acceptable to all under the auspices of a neutral election commission under a neutral government.

The main opposition party in the field did not seat idle demanding a caretaker government. Various activities are being carried out to realize the demand. New plans are being drawn up although no action has been taken in the field of corona restrictions, various preparations are being made. They are trying to convince development partners to put pressure on the government. Letters have already been sent to several friendly countries. At the same time, the process of a greater unity with the opposition is moving forward. The BNP has already held meetings with several parties. It will also interact with civil society step by step. They are trying to bring everyone to a consensus on a common issue.

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BNP also snatches Taimur’s primary membership



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Defeated Narayanganj mayoral candidate Taimur Alam Khandaker has been expelled from all posts of BNP for allegedly violating party discipline. The primary membership of the BNP has also been canceled.

The expulsion order was issued in a letter signed by BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

According to the letter sent to Timur, you were expelled from all the posts including the primary membership post of the party in accordance with the constitution of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, BNP in view of the clear allegation of being involved in anti-party activities. This decision will take effect immediately.

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Awami League proposes framing law to constitute EC



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Awami League has proposed to the President to make a law in accordance with the provisions of the constitution for the formation of the Election Commission (EC).

Obaidul Quader, general secretary of the party, said this at a press conference after leaving the dialogue at Bangabhaban on Monday (January 17). The press conference was held at the party's central office.

He said that the process of formation of Election Commission has to follow that system. Asked whether the law would be passed in this session, he said the present parliament would make every effort to get the law passed since it is people's demand. Every effort will be made. There is no problem to try.

In a written statement, Obaidul Quader said the Awami League respects the constitution and law of the country. Bangladesh Awami League has full confidence and trust in the deep knowledge, wisdom and discretion of the President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in his long political life. We have full confidence in any just initiative taken by the President. The Election Commission is a constitutional body. The main provisions related to the Election Commission are mentioned in the Constitution of the highest law of the country (Articles 118-126).

In today's meeting we have raised a number of proposals regarding the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners.

The proposals are: The President shall appoint the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners in accordance with the provisions of Article 118 of the Constitution.

>> In the process of appointing the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners as the President deems fit, in the process he will appoint the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners.

>> Appropriate law may be enacted subject to the provisions of Article 118 of the Constitution for the purpose of appointing the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners. As there is no such law at present, according to the provisions of Article 118 of the Constitution, the President has no obligation to abide by any law other than the Constitution in appointing the Chief Election Commissioner and the Election Commissioners. However, in order to uphold the constitutional spirit, the law is required to determine the qualifications and disqualifications of the Chief Election Commissioner and other election commissioners and their appointment process. Any law regarding the formation of the Election Commission will be a special kind of law according to the constitutional provisions. There was no specific example in our political culture for this particular type of legislation. The Awami League is the only party to establish a political consensus on the formation of the Election Commission.

This constitutional practice is the formation of the Election Commission on the basis of the views and participation of all through the formation of the Search Committee / Inquiry Committee. This system has been practiced twice so far (2012 and 2017) and the Election Commission has been formed accordingly. Twice the representatives of all the political parties and civil society of the country participated in this exercise. In this case, a law may be enacted in the light of this practice and in light of Article 118 of the Constitution from this procedural experience.

>> In the interest of fair, free, neutral and transparent elections, it is necessary to ensure the use of more information technology in all elections.

A 10-member Awami League delegation led by party president Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina entered Bangabhaban at 3:56 pm.

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Due to peace, CHT is having harmony, prosperity and development



Shah Iskandar Ali Sawpan, Contributing Correspondent, Barta24.com
Due to peace, CHT is having harmony, prosperity and development

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Dhaka: Just as the fratricidal conflict has stopped in the two eras of the Peace Treaty, so the peace has brought about harmony, prosperity and development in the CHT. This was stated by the experts at a roundtable discussion titled 'Harmony, Prosperity and Development: Chattogram Hill Tracts in the 21st Century' at Hotel Amari in the capital on Sunday (January 16) morning.

Planning Minister MA Mannan, who was the chief guest at the event, said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been making every effort to plan and implement the development work. Her position is clear in the role that the Prime Minister has been playing since the signing of the peace agreement. She (the Prime Minister) has also instructed us to take up more and more projects in the hilly areas. We are also making various plans, whenever the project comes to us, we pass it quickly. '

The Planning Minister further said, “The per capita expenditure on development of Chattogram Hill Tracts is much higher than other parts of the country. The government is determined to continue this trend of development in the future.

"Soon Chattogram Hill Tracts will be a symbol of wealth, peace and prosperity of the country," said Chattogram Hill Tracts Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushaising. "To achieve peace and prosperity, we must all work together, openly and in the public interest," he said.

Bir Bahadur Ushaisingh said, “After the independence of the country, Bangabandhu visited the Chattogram Hill Tracts and took initiative to bring the backward people forward. As part of it, he formed the Chattogram Hill Tracts Development Board. The present government is working considering this region as important for the country, which is benefiting all the hill people.

The panelists at the roundtable discussion jointly organized by Bhorer Kagoj and ICLDS were Aroma Dutta MP from reserved women's seat, Naba Vikram Kishore Tripura, former chairman of Chattogram Hill Tracts Development Board, ICLDS chairman Ambassador Mohammad Zamir, ICLDS executive director Major General (Rtd) Md. Abdur Rashid, Former Chairman of University Grants Commission Prof. Abdul Mannan, Chairman of Chattogram Hill Tracts Development Board Nikhil Kumar Chakma, Former Ambassador Major General M Ashab Uddin NDC and Professor of Political Science Department of Chattagram University Dr. Mahfuz Parvez.

Shyamal Dutta, editor of Bhorer Kagoj, moderated the round table discussion.

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