Dhaka, Sept 25 (UNB) – Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) on Tuesday demanded that BNP should not be included in the national unity process if it does not remove Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami from the 20-party alliance.
BDB Joint Secretary General Mahi B Chowdhury made the demand while talking to reporters after a joint meeting of BDB and its associate bodies.
“We want to forge the national unity with BNP as it’s a party founded by one of the great freedom fighters – Ziaur Rahman. But we have objection to including BNP in the national unity process if it keeps any anti-Liberation party or individual in its alliance,” he said.
Mahi said they urged the leaders of Jukta Front and Jatiya Oikya Prokriya not to include BNP in the national unity process until it severs ties with the anti-Liberation party and individuals. “We also urged the leaders involved with the national unity process not to share a stage with BNP leaders until they quit the anti-Liberation force,” he said.
He said they will present their associate bodies’ proposals before party president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury for taking decisions in this regard.
The meeting was held on the ground floor of B Chowdhury’s Baridhara residence.
Kishoreganj, Sept 25 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday urged all political parties to participate in the next national election for the betterment of the country and its people.
He was addressing a mass-reception accorded to him at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Government College playground in Itna on the second day of his five-day visit to his home district of Kishoreganj.
“I think political parties should take part in polls. They should go to people for votes and participate in the election,” he said.
Residents of Itna organised the reception programme as Abdul Hamid paid his first visit to Itna after taking oath of office as the country’s President for the second consecutive term on April 24 this year.
Referring to the next national election, the head of the state Hamid reiterated his request to all political parties of the country to nominate good candidates for the next general election in the greater interest of the country. He called upon the voters to elect a person having good character, ideology and strict principle.
“Justify the candidates and vote those who will help develop your locality. You have to choose the government which will help the country to advance in upcoming days.” Hamid added.
He repeatedly requested all voters to evaluate the previous governments and then take the right decision to choose their leaders.
The President, in his nearly 30-minute speech, highlighted different development activities of the haor regions including different infrastructural development of the government.
Recalling his election experience, President Hamid said, “I was elected a lawmaker 48 years back. And voters voted me eighth times for the Jatiya Sangsad. I have become the President twice. I’m really grateful to the people of this area.”
Urging all concerned to take responsibility for maintaining roads, he said he has been working to ensure overall development of the haor areas as well as for the country and its people.
Regarding setting up export processing zone (EPZ) in the haor area, the President laid emphasis on the development of communication with other parts of the country first. He sought further cooperation of all people to ensure more development in this haor area which was once neglected.
Members of parliament engineer Rejwan Ahammad Taufiq (Kishoreganj-4), Afzal Hossain (Kishoreganj-5), Dilara Begum Asma, Kishoreganj Zila Parishad Chairman Advocate Zillur Rahman, Itna upazila chairman Chowdhury Quamrul Hasan, district Awami League president Quamrul Ahsan Shahjahan, and general secretary of upazila unit of AL Advocate Khalilur Rahman, among others, also spoke on the occasion with freedom fighter M Ismail Hossain in the chair.
Earlier, the President inaugurated works of nine development projects of Itna Upazila shortly after arriving in the upazila at 3:50 pm.
Dhaka, Sept 25 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday called upon their party leaders and activists to take all-out preparations to take to the streets from October 1 to force the government to hold a credible election.
“We won’t give the government any chance this time to score in an empty field. We won’t’ allow this regime to go unchallenged,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “We’ll be there in the field together with people. So, get ready to take to the streets from October 1.”
Jatiyatabadi Projonmo 71 central committee arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release and a fair and natural election.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the entire nation must get united to remove the current ‘autocratic regime’. “We’ll have to make the national unity process stronger to create a mass wave.”
He said their party will take part in the next general election together with people after freeing their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. “We’ll oust the government through a peaceful voting without indulging in any violence.”
About Prime Minister’s comment that Dr Kamal Hossain and Badruddoza Chowdhury forged a unity with corrupt people, Moudud said Sheikh Hasina’s comment are indecent. “We don’t expect such comments from the Prime Minister. Her remarks have clearly exposed that the government has got frightened and worried in the progress of the national unity process. That’s why the Prime Minister and all others in the government are suffering from heartburn.”
The BNP leader urged the Prime Minister to withdraw her comments about the leaders involved in the national unity process for the sake of maintaining discipline in politics.
He also criticized the Prime Minister for calling BNP leaders corrupt and said no government in the last 15-16 years in such massive corruption like the current government.
Moudud said the national unity process is only intensified after such remarks by the Prime Minister as the entire nation is now united to ensure its fall.
Kishoreganj, Sept 25 (UNB) - President on Tuesday witnessed the progress of development works of Austagram-Nawga and Austagram-Kastul-Banshtala Roads in Kishoreganj.
The under-construction Autagram-Nawga road will connect Chatalpar of Brahmanbaria district through a bridge while Autagram-Kastul-Bhantshala road will connect Itna and Mithamain upazilas.
President’s press secretary Joynal Abedin told UNB that these road development works once completed would facilitate some parts of Kishoreganj’s connectivity with the capital Dhaka and other parts of the country.
He is also scheduled to attend a public gathering at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Government College Ground, Austagram in the afternoon and exchange views with local elites at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Auditorium at 7 pm today.
This is the second visit of Abdul Hamid to his village home in the remote area of Kishoreganj after he took oath of office as the country’s President for the second consecutive term on April 24.
The President on Monday opened seven development projects in the upazila and attended a mass reception accorded to him at Austagram upazila parishad playground. He also exchanged views with a cross section of people, including local political leaders and distinguished persons at President Abdul Hamid Auditorium-cum-Community Centre in Austagram upazila in the evening.
The President is scheduled to see Itna-Zila road at 11 am in Itna Upazila on Wednesday. He will address a public meeting at the Freedom Fighter Abdul Haque Government Degree College field at 3 pm on the third day of his visit. He will exchange views with distinguished people at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Auditorium in Itna.
On Thursday, he will visit some development works at Mithamain Upazila at 12 noon. In the afternoon, he will attend Golden Jubilee programme of Hazi Tayeb Uddin School at 3 pm. He will stay at his own home in the night.
On Friday, President Hamid will say Jumma prayers at the mosque adjoining his ancestral home at Kamalpur village in Mithamain Upazila. After the prayers, he will offer Fateha at the graves of his father Md Tayebuddin and mother Tomiza Khatun in front of the mosque.
The President is due to return to Dhaka on Friday afternoon.
Dhaka, Sep 24 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday differed till October 1 the hearing on a writ petition seeking its directive on the authorities concerned for providing better treatment to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail.
A bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel fixed the date.
One behalf of Khelada Zia, Barrister AJ Mohammad Ali, Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Barrister Kaiser Kamal took part in hearing.
Talking to UNB, Barrister Kaiser Kamal said the court differed the date for hearing it more in details.
Earlier on September 9, the writ petition was filed stating that Khaleda has been suffering from chronic diseases and so she needs to be taken to a specialized hospital for better treatment.
Six people, including home secretary, Inspector General of Prisons, Dhaka civil surgeon, deputy commissioner, were made respondents.
Meanwhile on September 16, a medical board, formed by the government, suggested admitting Khaleda to a hospital like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) where the treatment of all health problems is available though they have found 'no symptom of any serious disease' in her.
On February 8 last, a special court here sentenced Khaleda to five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Since then she has been kept in Old Dhaka Central Jail.