Dhaka, Feb 3 (UNB) – The BNP apprehends a ‘vote robbery’ in the long-awaited Ducsu elections like the last parliamentary polls, unless ‘coexistence’ of different student bodies is ensured on the Dhaka University (DU) campus.
“The Dhaka University authorities announced to hold Ducsu polls after a national election of grand vote robbery. People are skeptical about whether the university authorities can ensure a fair election as democracy is in distress,” the party’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said on Sunday.
Speaking at a press conference at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “If the coexistence of all student organisations on the campus is not guaranteed, Ducsu polls will be a continuation of the elections of grand vote robbery.”
The DU authorities on January 23 announced that the elections to the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) and hall unions will be held on March 11.
With this, the long-pending Ducsu election is going to be held after 29 years as the last one was held on June 6, 1990.
Rizvi said though the freedom of learning and freedom of research with a goal to communicate the truth is the main academic tone of the universities, the students in Bangladesh are now kept away from it.
“The freedom of learning and freedom of research will not be ensured without coexistence of students, tolerance and freedom of debate,” he observed.
The BNP leader also lamented that educational excellence is not receiving the due importance in the country’s universities as all campuses are now under the strong influence of ‘one-party misrule’.
Dhaka, Feb 3 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday described Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘tea party’ at Ganobhaban as pleasure without conscience and said no democracy-loving party leader joined it.
“The tea party arrangement by a regretless government after a grand vote robbery reminds me a famous saying by Mahatma Gandhi ‘pleasure without conscience’. This pleasure is a social sin,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he also said the tea part by a ‘euphoric’ government formed through a ‘farcical’ election is tantamount to pleasure without conscience.
“No democracy-loving party and those who are in a democratic movement didn’t join the event of sin committed by the government which betrayed the nation and looted people’s votes. This is the victory of people,” Rizvi said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hosted the tea party at her official residence Ganobhaban on Saturday for the leaders of political parties who had joined dialogues with her before the 11th general election.
Leaders of all the political parties, except the Jatiya Oikyafront, including the BNP, and the Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), attended the tea party. Turning down the results of the December-30 election and bringing the allegation of vote robbery, Oikyafront and LDA demanded reelection.
Rizvi said now there is no democracy in Bangladesh as the state is now under the grip of an individual and a party. “The people of Bangladesh have now become the slaves of the sate due to demolition of democracy.”
He also alleged that the country’s ‘most popular’ leader Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail while thousands of BNP leaders and activists have been arrested in ‘false’ cases only to protect the one-party rule.
He alleged that the government not only demonstrated a bizarre attitude but also mocked people by filing ‘fictitious’ cases against dead persons, paralysed patients and expatriates leaving in different countries.
Dhaka, Feb 2 (UNB) – President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmed on Saturday urged the government to take steps for the formation of a national government comprising honest and experienced politicians of the country.
“Though we demanded reelection rejecting the election results, the President and the Prime Minister called for a nation unity. So, I would like to call for taking immediate steps to form a national government with the country’s honest and experienced politicians,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference at LDP’s East-Panthapath office, Oli also warned the government that it may not be possible for it to move forward much based on ‘lies’.
He alleged that a drama was staged in the name of election on December 30 as ballots were stuffed at night before the voting.
Oli, also the chief coordinator of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, alleged that nearly 80 percent ballots were stuffed without the signatures of the presiding officers. “Voters didn’t see ballot papers visiting 95 percent polling stations.”
He urged the MPs-elect of BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront not to take oath. “We hope they won’t betray the country’s 16 crore people. If they take oath they’ll be treated as traitors.”
The LDP chief also claimed to have obtained information that many from the opposition parties contested the election taking money from the government’s intelligence agencies after December 10 last.
He said the candidates of the 20-party alliance will not file any case with the High Court’s election tribunal as he thinks it will not bring any good results since the judiciary is under the government’s control.
Dhaka, Feb 2 (UNB) - Jatiya Party Chairman and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament HM Ershad returns home Monday from Singapore as his health condition has ‘substantially’ improved.
The Jatiya Party chairman is schedule to reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:30pm on Monday in a flight of Singapore Airlines, said a party press release on Saturday.
It said Ershad has already been released from National University Hospital, Singapore as his physical condition is now stable.
On Jan 20 last, Ershad went to Singapore for treatment as he was suffering from various health complications, including liver and knee problems.
On December 10 last, Ershad had gone to Singapore for receiving treatment and returned home on December 26, just three days before the national election.
Jatiya Party which joined the election as the key partner of the Grand Alliance bagged 22 seats.
Narayanganj, Feb 2 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said BNP’s efforts to make the December-30 election questionable by sending letters to different countries have failed.
“BNP is lonely trying to make the election questionable. They’ve written letters to different countries to brand the election as illegal and questionable one. But, such evil efforts have gone in vain,” he said.
The ruling party leader further said, “BNP is such a party which has completely failed in movement. Now there’s no atmosphere in the country to wage a movement. People also won’t respond to BNP’s call for taking to the streets.”
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting the construction work on the second Kanchpur Bridge here.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said BNP has lost the confidence of foreign friends and the country’s people by hatching a conspiracy against the country.
He criticised BNP for its decision to boycott the upcoming upazila polls, saying a political party loses its normal existence if it does not join elections.
The Awami League general secretary hoped that their party will not face any trouble with rebel candidates in the upazila polls like the national election.
The minister said the construction work on the second Kanchpur Bridge has almost completed and the Prime Minister will inaugurate it anytime next month.
Besides, he said, around 85 percent construction work on the two other new bridges --Meghna and Meghna-Gumti – has been completed and those will be opened by June or July next easing the sufferings of commuters on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway.