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Polls

BNP stresses talks on polls before AL tenure ends

BNP stresses talks on polls before AL tenure ends

The BNP-led 20-party alliance will force the Sheikh Hasina-led government to sit with it in a dialogue for holding a fresh election before the end of this administration’s tenure, a top BNP leader said today. The alliance will gradually take its ongoing anti-government movement to “top gear” to force the government for the dialogue...

Polls In 13 Upazilas

AL 7, BNP 5

AL 7, BNP 5

The ruling Awami League-backed chairman aspirants won in seven upazilas, while the BNP favourites came out victorious in five in yesterday's upazila polls. However, the chairman post in the other upazila went to an AL rebel, according to unofficial results declared by the returning officers. Stray incidents of violence, vote rigging, stuffing of ballots and...

12 upazilas go to polls today

Polls to 12 upazila parishads in eight districts will be held today in the sixth phase amid tight security measures to avert violence. Rebel candidates have again appeared as a big threat to both the ruling Awami League and the BNP-backed candidates. Meanwhile, the by-election for Tarakanda upazila in Mymensingh will also be held today, as its chairman became an MP in the January 5 national elections. As many as 182 candidates are contesting in 13 upazilas, 64 of them for the...

Polls in India

Exit polls forecast big win for BJP

Exit polls forecast big win for BJP

A record turnout yesterday marked the end of polling in the long-drawn Indian parliamentary election, with exit polls suggesting that the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi and its allies are on their way toward securing a majority. The final phase of voting in 41 constituencies ended and the first exit polls released soon afterwards pointed to a huge voters' swing towards the BJP. Official results of the elections will be declared on May 16 when the vote count is taken up for all the 543 Lok Sabha seats. The BJP was projected by exit polls to win 249 of the 543 seats in parliament while its allies in the National...

Editorial

Investment climate after polls

DESPITE banks having no liquidity crisis, credit to the private sector has all but stagnated. Indeed, going by central bank data, loans taken by the private sector is nearly six per cent lower than Bangladesh Bank's target of 16.5 per cent for the current fiscal. Reasons for such a gloomy picture are multifaceted. With foreign bank borrowings hitting the US$1.5billion mark, most Bangladeshi banks have ended up with excess monies on their books. The fact that most banks have...

Bengal polls to be cancelled if Mamta defies transfer orders

Bengal polls to be cancelled if Mamta defies transfer orders

The Indian Election Commission is likely to take action if West Bengal government does not comply with its order to transfer officials, Times Now, complemented by Times of India reports quoting EC sources. The commission may even cancel polls in the concerned districts if the Mamata government refuses to carry out the transfers, the...

Magura: Polls then and now

ON March 20, 1994, the by-polls to Magura-2 parliamentary constituency became a symbol of rigged election in the era of democracy restored after overthrow of the Ershad-led autocratic regime. There were sporadic clashes, capturing of polling centres, ousting of polling agents, stuffing and snatching of ballot boxes and intimidation of voters by the then ruling BNP men who were hell-bent on securing a win. This shattered the credibility of the then Election Commission (EC). An analysis of the political...

Ex-TV star to stand against Gandhi

Ex-TV star to stand against Gandhi

India's main opposition BJP has chosen actor-turned politician Smriti Irani to stand against Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi in the general elections. Irani, who was the leading actress in one of India's most popular TV soaps, will take on Gandhi in the Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Polling to elect a new lower house will...

Rigging marks upazila polls

Rigging marks upazila polls

Voting in 73 upazilas in the final phase of the elections ended amid clashes, vote rigging and boycotts in different places today. Starting at 8:00am, the election continued till 4:00pm without any break. Hours before staring polls, a local Jubo League leader was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Laxmipur Sadar upazila early today. A clash...

10 chairman aspirants boycott polls in 5 districts

10 chairman aspirants boycott polls in 5 districts

Ten chairman aspirants boycotted today’s upazila polls in Tangail, Patuakhali, Jamalpur, Narayanganj and Chuadanga alleging vote rigging by ruling Awami League men at different polling centres. Meanwhile, eight vice-chairman candidates in Tangail, Jamalpur and Narayanganj also boycotted the elections, report our district correspondents. In Ghatail upazila, the boycotting candidates alleged that ruling party activists stuffed...

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