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Is Politics Heating Up as National Elections Approach?


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Over the past two years, political parties have been managing virtual political activities instead of marching on the streets. Despite the halt in field politics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all major political parties are now back in action, gearing up for the upcoming twelfth national elections, bringing their campaigns to the forefront of the internet.

Especially, the two major parties, Awami League and BNP, have revved up their political activities. Starting from the formation of the Election Commission, they are now positioning themselves for another term in power. Awami League, in particular, has begun mobilizing its base, focusing on the upcoming national elections.

In 2023, Awami League is taking the upcoming national elections very seriously, with no alternative but to maintain its power for the fourth consecutive time. The party is already taking various steps to ensure this, especially by opposing rebel candidates vigorously in union council elections. The party's high command has made it clear that they won't tolerate any disunity or factions within the party, and those who go against the party's interests or field rebel candidates will face severe consequences.

On the other hand, the BNP has been busy organizing gatherings and meetings across the country, rallying for the release of Khaleda Zia and her medical treatment abroad. While their politics used to be confined to the National Press Club's seminar rooms, the streets in front of the Press Club, and the offices in New Paltan, this time, the BNP's political activities are expanding to different districts and upazilas. However, despite their efforts, BNP supporters have not shown much interest in their initiatives.

Awami League aims to express its presence even without Awami League's chairperson, Sheikh Hasina, taking an active role. They are making various moves to assert their influence in the political landscape. Nurul Haque Nur, a former VP of DUCSU and a key figure in the 2018 quota reform movement, has recently announced his affiliation with the party, creating a buzz. Additionally, former Finance A M S Minister Kibria's son Reza Kibria, who has shown more interest in academics than politics, is now actively involved in the political field. He has joined forces with Dr. Kamal Hossain and is working closely with the youth. The BNP and its allies have also announced various programs and campaigns. However, the extent of their influence in the political arena remains to be seen until the national elections.

Political analysts suggest that the election season has begun, and each party will try to gather strength and assert its power. They will endeavor to make their presence known on the streets and demonstrate their capabilities. Opposition parties, in particular, will seek to generate excitement on the streets. This effort could potentially lead to unrest, so law enforcement agencies must remain vigilant to prevent any form of violence.

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Quader suggests BNP make preparations for next election instead of next movement

Publish: 04:24 PM, 16 Feb, 2024


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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday advised BNP to prepare for the next general election instead of thinking about the next movement.

He made the suggestion at a joint meeting of the party held at the Awami League central office in the capital this morning.

Regarding BNP's movement until victory, Quader said Mirza Fakhrul has become overwhelmed with daydreams after getting out of jail.

At the time, the AL leader stated that, “BNP should recognise that the issue of issue-based movement in the country cannot be found while the people's administration is in power.”

In his introductory speech at the joint meeting, Quader said, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu, has brought great honour to the country by participating in the Security Conference in Germany. Today, the democratic world has unhesitatingly accepted the importance of Bangladesh.”

"The geopolitical position of Bangladesh is fertile ground for many of our enemies. Many falcons have eyes on the Bay of Bengal and St. Martin. However, Sheikh Hasina's government has led to the success of balanced diplomacy", he added.

At this time, Quader said that the party president instructed the divisional in-charge to resolve the internal disputes of the party, including the formation of the expired committee.


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2024 election was the fairest since 1975: PM

Publish: 10:45 AM, 08 Feb, 2024


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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said this year's January 7 polls were the freest, fairest and most credible in Bangladesh after 1975.

"I think the election that was held in Bangladesh on January 7 this year was the freest, fairest and most neutral since 1975," she told a view exchange meeting with Tungipara Awami League leaders and activists at her official Ganabhaban residence.

Sheikh Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat wanted to foil the January 7 polls by doing various misdeeds. But the most important thing of the election is that the people spontaneously went to the polling stations and cast their vote, she said.

Mentioning that the journey ahead is not so easy, the Prime Minister said "Many obstacles have to be overcome. Many conspiracies surround this Bangladesh."

The people of Bangladesh have become financially secure today, she said, adding, people of Bangladesh are getting food today and are receiving treatment easily.

She went on saying, over 30 types of medicines are given free of charge through community clinics and today there is no need to bring old clothes from abroad.

Sheikh Hasina said that they have arranged rice and clothes as well as ensured medical treatment and education for the country's people. "In this way we are working for the welfare of people."

Regarding the commodity prices, she said that global food prices have increased, and that is why the government has to pay a huge amount of money to buy fertilisers, seeds, wheat, fuel oil, edible oil and gas.

"We have to buy many things from abroad. As the price of everything has gone up, the cost of transportation has gone up because of the Ukraine-Russia war," she added.

The head of government noted that there is a little difficulty for those who have a fixed income, saying "if we all cultivate the uncultivated lands, then there will be no shortage of this food. Moreover, we can make more surplus, we can also give to the people."

Laying emphasis on brining uncultivated land under cultivation, she said "wherever there is fallow land, we should bring it under cultivation. We will do whatever we can to help. At the same time, we will make arrangement for marketing through cooperatives."

 Sheikh Hasina said, "We have a plan to store food grains in every district; When there is a surplus. We have already made arrangements to this end."

She urged everyone to be frugal in the use of electricity and water.

Addressing the chairmen and members of Union Parishads, the Prime Minister said that the government gives many projects and works, and those should be implemented properly.

"People should not be ticked off (seeing the bad work), rather they can bring confidence by seeing the work, and this trust is most needed," she added.

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PM for patience regarding war-like situation in Myanmar: Law Minister

Publish: 10:01 AM, 06 Feb, 2024


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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed the armed forces and paramilitary border guards of Bangladesh to have patience regarding the recent war-like situation in Myanmar between their government forces and insurgents.

Law Minister Anisul Huq, in absence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, on Monday said this while responding to a supplementary question from Opposition Chief Whip Mujibul Huq Chunnu in the parliament.

“Bangladesh is observing the situation closely and steps will be taken,” he said.

He said that today (Monday) some 78 Myanmar Border Police members entered Bangladesh, some of them with injuries.

He mentioned that these personnel have been kept in a school there and the injured persons were given treatment.

The law minister said that Instructions have been given to initiate dialogue with Myanmar through foreign ministry and send them back.

“If they are not able to send them back the next course will be taken,” he said.

The minister said that government is aware of this matter in Myanmar and steps have been taken to close down schools in areas close to Myanmar frontier.


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BCCT will give top priority to research in its funding: Saber

Publish: 10:55 AM, 04 Feb, 2024


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Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury today said Bangladesh Climate Change Trust (BCCT), a subsidiary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, will give top priority to research in its funding.

 He said research needs to be increased in the country to solve various problems, and it is not possible to depend on research from other countries.

 For this reason, he said, all-out assistance will be provided to researchers and scientists for their research work in the development of science and technology.

The environment minister made the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at a programme organised by the Bangladesh Foundation for Development Research (BFDR) of the University of Skill Enrichment and Technology (USET) at the National Press Club in the capital.

The function was arranged to felicitate Dr. Mohammad Mazharul Islam, a senior researcher in the Department of Chemistry at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, for receiving the prestigious 'IChemE Global Award 2023' in Chemistry.

Saber Hossain said Dr. Mohammad Mazharul Islam's achievement is a testament to the growing interest of the global community in the contributions of Bangladeshi scientists to the field of knowledge and science.

He said Dr. Mazharul Islam's research work will not only enrich the knowledge of chemistry but also play an important role in the development of our country.

The minister also called upon everyone to work together to improve the environment of the country.

Chaired by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Patron of the University of Skill Enrichment and Technology, the meeting was also addressed by Professor Dr. Md. Fazlul Haque, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of USET; Dr. M. Asaduzzaman, former Research Director and Economist of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)n and columnist Dr. Monayem Sarkar, among others.

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BNP-Jamaat patronizing militants: Anisul

Publish: 10:20 AM, 04 Feb, 2024


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Urging the countrymen to remain alert, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq today said BNP-Jamaat are patronizing militant organizations.

Everyone should remain cautious against the militant groups as BNP and Jamaat are patronizing the outfits till now, he said replying to a query of reporters after inaugurating PC Guarder Bridge on Akhaura Boro Bazar Dharkhar Road in Akhaura upazila of the district.

About the upcoming upazila election, the law minister said the Awami League (AL) president and policy makers will take decision in this regard.

AL Akhaura upazila unit president Mohammad Ali Chowdhury and general secretary and municipality mayor Takzil Khalifa Kazal, among others, were present.

Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) constructed the 96.10 meter long bridge worth about Taka 5.77 crore.

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