Holding fair election is impossible without cooperation of the government, opines CEC Nurul Huda

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New Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said holding fair election is impossible without cooperation of the government. Talking to newsmen at his Uttara residence this morning he added that earning confidence of all political parties is also a big challenge. Refuting the BNP allegation KM Nurul Huda claimed that he was never connected with Janatar Mancha and termed the charge as baseless. The new CEC said if any attempt is made by the government to interfere in the activities of the Election Commission, it would be resisted strongly. He also urged BNP to participate in Gaibandha-1 constituency bye-election.

Awami League General Secretary and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said BNP has raised question about the neutrality of new Chief Election Commissioner for the sake of opposition. He made the comment at the agreement signing ceremony for construction of the third Shitolokkha Bridge at a city hotel this morning. The Minister also rejected BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s comment that appointment of the CEC is a reflection of Prime Minister’s choice.

Claiming the new CEC KM Nurul Huda as a controversial person, BNP leaders have said holding election acceptable to all under him is not possible. Speaking at a meeting at Photojournalists Association Auditorium, BNP Vice Chairman Abdullah Al Noman said there is no alternative to intensify the movement to establish right to vote by the people. Addressing at a human chain in front of National Press Club, party Vice Chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu urged President Abdul Hamid not to administer oath of office to KM Nurul Huda as CEC.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for discharging responsibilities from respective position so that no one can deter the progress of the country by terrorism and militancy. She was addressing at the graduation certificate distribution ceremony for DSCSC Course of Army Officers at Mirpur Cantonment in the capital. The Prime Minister said the armed forces are being further modernised through implementation of the Forces Goal-2030. Highlighting the development being carried out in the armed forces and the country, Sheikh Hasina called upon all to move across the world with dignity and honour as a victorious nation in the liberation war. 280 officers including 71 from 25 foreign countries and 14 women officers took part in the higher graduation course on Military Science from Defence Services Command and Staff College this year.

RAB have arrested eight members of ‘Disco Boys’ and ‘Big Boss Gang’ groups in connection with school student Adnan Kabir killing case. Briefing newsmen, Director of RAB Media Wing Mufti Mahmud Khan said about 30 such groups are active in Uttara area in the capital. Comprising mainly of adolescent youths, these gangs are engaged in various criminal activities including taking drugs and eve teasing. Incidents of murder centering establishment of supremacy among the groups have also been reported. Mufti Mahmud Khan said the arrested members of ‘Disco Boys’ and ‘Big Boss Gang’ have confessed to RAB that they were involved in the killing of Adnan.

Chief Investigation Officer of International Crimes Tribunal Abdul Hannan Khan has said there is progress in probing into crimes against humanity case against BNP leader and former Education Minister Osman Faruk. Speaking at a news conference at his office at Dhanmondi in the capital, he said investigation reports against four persons including Jamaat Amir Abdul Kader Mondol have been finalised. Three of the accused in the case excepting Abdul Kader Mondol are absconding.

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