Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday alleged that the date for delivering verdict in Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and others was fixed “illegally at the behest of the government”.
“The date of the verdict was announced absolutely on the government’s instructions. They’ve been trying from the very beginning to convict our leader (Khaleda) without any trail and justice,” he said.
The BNP leader also alleged that the government is trying to deprive Khaleda of justice through the court. “It’s exposed that the judiciary has totally collapsed in Bangladesh as the government has established its control over it.”
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after the maiden meeting of the Jatiya Oikya Front at JSD president ASM Abdur Rob’s Uttara residence.
He said holding the trial in Zia Charitable Trust case in absence of Khaleda Zia is illegal. “Announcing the verdict date in her (Khaleda’s) absence is also totally illegal.”
The trial process in the cases was not completed as the accused could not give self-defence statements and lawyers could not end their arguments. “We think it’s contrary to justice. We protest it.”
Earlier in the day, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 in Dhaka fixed October 29 for pronouncing verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
On February 8 last, Khaleda was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by the same court.
Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) -Three days after formation of a new alliance involving BNP, the party-led 20-party alliance suffered a split as two of its components announced to leave it accusing BNP of making a coalition with the actors of the 1/11 changeover.
National Awami Party (NAP) and National Democratic Party (NDP) announced to sever ties with the alliance as they think BNP has deviated from its moral position by forging the Jatiya Oikya Front with the actors of the 1/11 political changeover and ‘minus-two formula’.
NAP chairman Jebel Rahman Gani came up with the announcement at a Convention Centre in the city’s Gulshan area. NDP chairman Khandaker Golam Mortuza was also present at the press conference.
On October 13, BNP, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagorik Oikya launched a new opposition alliance, ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’, ahead of the 11th national election.
“National Awami Party (NAP) and National Democratic Party (NDP) are going to sever ties with the alliance (20-Party) from this moment for the sake of constitutional and systematic politics,” he said.
Jebel also alleged that those who filed Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against Khaleda are now with BNP.
He said they are shocked that the 20-party could not hold any programme after Khaleda was sent to jail.
The NAP chairman also alleged that BNP kept its alliance partners in dark about joining the new alliance.
He also said though the national election is approaching fast, BNP is not clearing its stance on it to the alliance partners as the party leaders used to tactfully avoid the issue.
Jebel said they did not quit the 20-party even after getting various lucrative offers during the 2014 polls. “BNP didn’t properly evaluate this sacrifice.”
He also said they have got frustrated over the attitude of Dr Kamal, ASM Rob and BNP leaders towards former President Badruddoza Chowdhury over formation of the Jatiya Oikya Front.
Replying to a question, Jebel said they still did not get any offer from any other alliance to join. “We’ll observe the political situation. We want to start a fresh journey. We want a unity with real patriotic, democratic and pro-Liberation War forces.”
He, however, said they can again forge alliance with BNP if the party corrects its mistakes.
NAP and NDP joined the BNP-led alliance in 2012 to intensify the movement for holding the national election under a non-party neutral administration.
Contacted, 20-party coordinator and BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan expressed wonder over the decision of NAP and NDP.
He said they took the decision to join the Jatiya Oikya Front in consultation with the 20-party leaders, not keeping them in the dark.
Nazrul thinks the two parties quit the alliance for not being evaluated, but for other reasons which will be exposed in the days to come.
Talking to UNB, some other alliance leaders said a strong resentment has created among many alliance partners as BNP formed a new alliance ignoring old one.
They said they are now worried over the fate and existence of the 20-party as BNP leaders are overenthusiastic about the new alliance.
Four alliance leaders, wishing anonymity, said they will closely observe the situation and may quit the alliance if BNP fails to keep the 20-party vibrant and evaluate them properly.
BNP insiders said party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir held meetings with Liberal Democratic Party chairman Oli Ahmed and Kalyan Party chief Syed Mohammad Ibrahim as they were deadly against the new alliance.
Fakhrul could convince the two leaders assuring them of keeping in the new alliance as well.
A BNP leader said four to six parties of the 20-party alliance will be invited to join the Jatiya Oikya Front, which may create further trouble in the 20-party.
A 20-party leader said their alliance may face another split if BNP does not properly evaluate its partners regarding the sharing of seats during the national election. “Most alliance partners want BNP to come with a clear proposal about seat sharing, but the party is unwilling to do it. “We’ll wait for a certain period of time, and then finalise our decision as we’ve offer from other alliances.”
The alliance leader said it will be difficult for BNP to keep the two alliances in its grip at the same time, unless the party makes huge sacrifices.
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – Leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance on Monday welcomed the new opposition alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front.
BNP standing committee member and 20-party coordinator Nazrul Islam Khan came up with the remark while briefing reporters after a meeting of the alliance’s top leaders at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
“Our meeting discussed the demands and targets of the Jatiya Oikya Front. We reached a consensus that the formation of the new alliance is a progress towards restoration of democracy by removing the autocratic regime,” he said.
“That’s why we, on behalf of the 20-party, welcomed the new front,” Nazrul added.
He said the 20-party leaders hoped that people’s movement for forcing the government to accept their justified demands for holding the next election under a non-party administration will be intensified in the days to come with the formation of the Jatiya Oikya Front.
The 20-party coordinator also said the alliance leaders thanked the Oikya Front for including Khaleda Zia’s release from jail in their 7-point demand.
On Saturday, BNP together with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Rob) and Nagorik Oikya started the journey of Jatiya Oikya Front through a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club.
Top leaders of the 20-party, including BJP chairman Andalib Rahman Partha, Kalyan Party chairman Syed Mohammad Ibrahim, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Abdul Halim, Islami Oikya Jote’s AMA Rakib, Khelafat Majlish’s Ahmad Abdul Kader and LDP’s Redwan Ahmed were present at the meeting chaired by BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Talking to UNB, a 20-party leader, wishing anonymity, said some 20-party leaders wanted to know from the BNP leaders about how the 20-party alliance’s future course of action after the party’s involvement with another alliance.
They also seek an explanation from the BNP leaders about what would be their role in the next election and different programmes to be announced by the Jatiya Oikya Front.
He said Fakhrul assured the alliance leaders that the importance of the 20-party will not diminish due to the formation of the Oikya Front.
“Our future programmes can be separate or simultaneous ones. The 20-party will work together with the Oikya front based on same demands and goals. The role and importance of the 20-party will remain same as it was in the past,” the 20-party leader quoted Fakhrul as telling the meeting.
National People’s Party (NPP) chairman Fariduzzaman Farhad said the meeting could not reach any conclusion whether the 20-party will observe same programmes with the Oikya Front simultaneously. “We’ll hold another meeting very soon to decide it.”
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – BNP on Monday alleged that people are now suffering from ‘digital phobia’ as the government enacted various ‘black laws’ like Digital Security Act to ‘restrict’ the freedom of expression.
“You (govt) have formulated various black laws, including the Digital Security Act, to lock up democracy, gag people’s voice and suppress the freedom of expression,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he also alleged that people now cannot say anything openly out of fear of reprisal. “People are now suffering from digital phobia.”
Referring to a media report on the procurement of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the BNP leader said the cat has now come out of the bag as the EVMs were purchased at 11 time higher prices than India.
Rizvi alleged the main motive behind procuring the EVMs is to plunder huge amount of public money ahead of the national election. “There’s a question in public mind whether the huge amount of money was given to some particular persons at the Election Commission as a gift ahead of the polls.”
About the boycott of the Commission’s today’s meeting by Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder, the BNP leader said it was a right decision against the snatching of freedom of expression. “The Chief Election Commissioner doesn’t listen to any one as he only works on the messages come from the Prime Minister’s Office.”
Reacting to Prime Minister’s various remarks about BNP at her Sunday’s Madaripur rally, Rizvi said Sheikh Hasina’s comments were ‘weird and self-contradictory’ which made people stunned.
He said the Prime Minister tried to shift the blame of her party’s various misdeeds onto others through her comments at the rally.
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Monday said Jatiya Oikya Front was formed with the leaders who had contributions to the Liberation War to defeat the evil forces.
“Bangladesh’s distinguished and accepted leaders who had contributions to the Liberation War have now got united reflecting people’s aspirations. The evil forces got defeated during the Language Movement, the Liberation War and anti-autocracy movement as the nation became united,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “The evil forces will surely be defeated this time as the nation has now got united with the formation of the Jatiya Jukta Front.”
Nagorik Odhikar Andolon, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding cancellation of convictions of Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman and the release of all political prisoners.
On Saturday, BNP, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya and a faction of Jukta Front launched a new opposition alliance, ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’, ahead of the 11th national election.
Khosru, also a BNP standing committee member, said people have now got united to restore their ownership of the country and voting rights by ensuring the rule of law, freedom of expression and press freedom.
He called upon all to wage a united movement under the Jatiya Oikya Front platform to realise people’s all demands and restore their rights. “I urge all to join the movement with courage.”
“The national unity will destroy the reign of terror established by the government across the country with intimidation and repressive acts. We shouldn’t now sit idle as we’ll have to wage a movement urgently by completing all the tasks of the national unity,” the BNP leader added.
Amir Khosru alleged that the government has taken an ‘election project’ to annihilate democracy by holding the next polls keeping people out of the election process.
As part of the project, he said, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail in a ‘false’ case, and the verdicts in the August-21 grenade attack cases were given convicting party acting Chairman Tarique Rahman.
He said the government’s dream of implementing its ‘election project’ has already got shattered as the journey of the Jatiya Jukta Front began three days after the August-21 cases verdicts.