Dhaka – A senior BNP leader on Thursday alleged that the government is building relations with qaumi madrasha people to sail through the next elections.“The meeting with qaumi madrasha (people) proved that the Awami League started election campaign…The objective of the meeting is Allama Shafi (ameer of Hefazat-e-Islami). Now they joined hands with them,” alleged BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed.
He made this comments two days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with ulema of quami madrashas. Hefazat ameer Allama Shafi, among others, was present at the meeting.
Speaking at a discussion meeting at National Press Club on anti-militant national unity, he said the AL had signed a five-point agreements with Khelafat Majlish what he said a most conservative and right leaning party before the national election in 2006.
Moudud said the five points include recognition of Fatwa, declaring kadiani non-Muslim. “This is that party (AL) that it took that steps to win the polls,” he added.
He claimed that it is BNP government that decided giving equivalent to Dawra Degree, the highest degree of qaumi madrasha, to masters degree. A gazette in this regard was also published in this regard in 2006, he said.
Jatiyatabadi Manobadhiker Parisahd organized the meeting with its president Prof Rafiqul Islam in the chair.
Barrister Moudud accused the prime minister and other cabinet members of carrying out election campaign and seeking votes for party symbol boat by spending state fund.
On the other hand, he alleged that BNP is not allowed to hold any rally or public meeting.
He further alleged that the AL has left open all options to win the next elections and there is no room for creating a level playing filed.
Moudud held the Election Commission for its failure to maintain level playing field saying that it allows a particular party to carry out election campaign but another confined to house arrest.
He said there would be no militancy if the democracy and voting rights are restored. – Staff Reporter
HC stays trial proceedings of 4 cases against Khaleda
Dhaka – The High Court Division of the Supreme Court yesterday (Thursday) stayed the trial proceedings of four sabotage cases filed against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. The court also issued four separate rulings asking the government to explain as to why the proceedings of the cases against the BNP chief should not be scrapped.
A High Court bench of Justice Md Miftah Uddin Choudhury and Justice ANM Bashir Ullah passed the order after hearing on separate petitions filed by Khaleda Zia’s lawyers.
Of the four cases, three were filed with Darus Salam Police Station and the other with Jatrabari Police Station in 2015. The concerned officials of the government have been made respondent to the rule which is returnable in four weeks.
On Wednesday, Khaleda Zia filed separate appeal petitions seeking cancellation of the trial proceedings of the four cases.
Advocates Zainul Abedin and Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon stood for Khaleda Zia in the court while Deputy Attorney General Sheikh AKM Maniruzzaman Kabir represented the state. – Special Correspondent
HC stays mayor Mannan’s suspension for 2nd time
Dhaka – The High Court Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed a government order suspending Gazipur City Corporation Mayor MA Mannan for the second time.
A High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order yesterday. The bench also issued a rule asking the concerned authorities to explain why the suspension order would not be declared illegal.
The Local Government and Rural Development secretary and others concerned have been made respondents to the rule, which is returnable within four weeks. Mannan’s lawyer Masud Rana said now there is no legal bar for Mannan to take charge of the mayor again.
Earlier on August 19, 2015, the government suspended Gazipur City Corporation Mayor Mannan for the first time as he was charged for criminal offences. Later, on April 18, 2016, the mayor was suspended for the second time barely a week after the Appellate Division validated his position. – Special Correspondent