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Rohingya return will be in ‘voluntary, dignified and safe’ manner: BangladeshAwami League chooses businessman Atiqul Islam to run for Dhaka North mayor

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The Awami League has named businessman Atiqul Islam to contest in the by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation mayor's office.


General Secretary Obaidul Quader made the announcement after a meeting of its local government election nomination board chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Ganabhaban on Tuesday.


If elected, RMG entrepreneur Atiqul will succeed Annisul Huq, who was also a leader of the businesses in the sector.

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BNP contests PM’s claim on Jan 5 polls

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BNP contests PM’s claim on Jan 5 polls 

BNP on Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made an ‘untrue’ statement on January 5, 2014 general election to mislead people.


Speaking at a protest programme, party senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, also said BNP will join the next polls realising its demand for installing an election-time non-party neutral government.

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BNP threatens of mass upsurge to 'restore' democracy

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Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today said their party will create a mass upsurge in the country to 'restore' democracy.

"We now must awake and get united to restore democracy by creating a mass upsurge. It is possible to restore democracy together with people," he said.

 

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Hasina regime can’t shut BNP out of general election, Khaleda says

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Khaleda Zia has warned the government no matter how hard it tries, it will not be able to hold the 11th parliamentary elections by keeping the BNP out of the mix.


“We are an election-oriented party. We must take part in elections. No one can keep us out of the polls even if they want to. We will join the election,” she told a gathering of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal in Dhaka on Tuesday.

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Awami League feeling public pulse on Dhaka North mayor aspirants

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The Awami League is feeling the public pulse before naming its candidate for the Dhaka North mayoral by-polls, the party’s general secretary has said.


Obaidul Quader told a programme in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi on Tuesday that they would make an announcement on Dhaka North candidacy once the polls schedule is out.

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People want change in power, says Ershad

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People want change in power, says Ershad

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Saturday said the Rangpur city polls result manifested that people wants to get rid of killing, enforced disappearance and corruption.


“I believe the results of the future election will also be like that of Rangpur one as people want to protect themselves from repressive acts,” he said.


Ershad, also the special envoy to the Prime Minister, came up with the remarks while speaking at a programme marking the joining of Pirojpur-3 MP Dr Rustam Ali Farazi to Jatiya Party at its Banani office.

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Rangpur vote won’t affect national election: Muhith

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Finance Minister AMA Muhith is confident that the outcome of Rangpur City Corporation election will not affect the upcoming parliamentary polls.

“This election established the neutrality of the election process,” the minister, also a leader of ruling Awami League, told reporters in Sylhet today.

 

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Graft case against Khaleda: Prosecution concludes argument

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Graft case against Khaleda: Prosecution concludes argument

The prosecution on Tuesday concluded its argument in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case filed against six people including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.


Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajal demanded highest punishment for the accused after placing testimony of 32 witnesses.


Mosharraf after placing his argument claimed that the charges brought against Khaleda Zia and others were proven.

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AL, JP candidates violating polls code in Rangpur, but EC silent: BNP

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The BNP has alleged the mayoral candidates of the Awami League and its ally Jatiya Party in Rangpur city polls are breaching the electoral code of conduct, but the Election Commission is taking no action against them.


Speaking at a programme in Dhaka on Friday, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also claimed a conspiracy was afoot to keep the BNP candidate away from the election.


Swadhinata Forum organised the programme to celebrate the 85th birthday of pro-BNP professionals’ leader and former Dhaka University vice-chancellor Prof Emajuddin Ahamed at his house in Elephant Road.

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AL will get more votes in next election than it did in 2008, says Joy

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said the Awami League will secure more votes in the 11th parliamentary elections than it did in the 9th general elections.

 

 

"I sat with the Awami League leaders to convey a good news. The news is that the AL will get more votes in the next election than it did in 2008 general election," he told the media quoting the Gallup poll he conducted.

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Khaleda sits with BNP policymakers

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Khaleda sits with BNP policymakers

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia sat in a meeting with her party's standing committee members tonight (Sunday night) to discuss the country's latest political situation and by-polls to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).

 

The meeting began at the BNP chief's Gulshan office around 9:10 pm.

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Khaleda calls BNP standing committee meeting tomorrow

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has called the party’s standing committee meeting tomorrow to discuss the country’s latest political situation.

 

The meeting of the highest policy making body of the party will be held at 8:30pm on Sunday at her Gulshan office in Dhaka, Syrul Kabir Khan an official of Khaleda’s press wing told The Daily Star this morning.

 

The meeting is likely to discuss the upcoming Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) election and also the prime minister’s recent statement on next election, he said.

 

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Govt to be forced to hold participatory polls: BNP

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Govt to be forced to hold participatory polls: BNP

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said their party will not go to polls by giving an undertaking; rather the government will be forced to hold the next general election with the participation of all parties.

 

“It’s a right of a political party to decide whether it’ll go to polls or not. Under the country’s current context, there’s no reason for BNP to go to the polls giving an undertaking,” he said.

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Country being run by ‘ruler’s law’, alleges Amir Khasru

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Country being run by ‘ruler’s law’, alleges Amir Khasru

BNP senior leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury on Monday claimed that Bangladesh is now being run by ‘ruler’s law, not by the rule of law’.

 

“Now, there’s no rule of law in Bangladesh. The country is now being run by the ruler’s law as what the government is now saying is law,” he said.

 

Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “The ruler now makes laws as per its whim and use those for its gain as the rule of law is obliterated.”

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BNP has nothing to do except lying for vote: Quader

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BNP has nothing to do except lying for vote: Quader 

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said BNP has nothing to do except lying while seeking vote from people for the next general election.

 

Quader, also Awami League general secretary, came up with the remarks while  inaugurating district Awami League’s fresh member collection drive at Harimohan Government High School field in the town.

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BNP asks activists to join polls thru’ movement

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BNP asks activists to join polls thru’ movement

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday asked his party colleagues to get united, organised and disciplined to join the next polls under a neutral government through waging a street movement.

 

“We’ll have to first get united and make our organisation stronger. We must join the election waging a movement and ensure our victory in it,” he said.

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BNP ‘upset, sceptic’ over Rohingya repatriation deal with Myanmar over lack of details

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Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir (File Photo)The BNP is frustrated and full of doubts over the ‘agreement’ Bangladesh has signed with Myanmar to send back the Rohingyas as the government has not released the details of the deal.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has also warned that sending the Rohingyas back to Myanmar before the situation improves there will be like ‘pushing them into the hell’.
“We are very much upset. We don’t know the key features of the agreement. Those haven’t been revealed,” he said, speaking to reporters on Friday.
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