Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Cochairman GM Quader on Wednesday said there is no division within their party as their leaders and activists are united under the leadership of HM Ershad.
“Jatiya Party is still run at the directive of our chairman HM Ershad. Our party is now united, and stronger,” he said.
GM Quader came up with the remarks while speaking at a press briefing at Jatiya Party Chairman’s Banani office.
He said their party will play the due role of the opposition to make parliament functional and vibrant one. “No other parties, except Jatiya Party, are now in a position to play an effective role of the opposition.”
GM Quader, also the deputy opposition leaders in parliament, said four women will be elected MPs from Jatiya Party in the reserved seats in the 11th parliament, and their party chairman will finalise the list of the four party nominees.
The 50 seats of parliament reserved for women are distributed among parties based on the number of their representation in Parliament.
Jatiya Party secured 22 seats and will act as the main opposition in parliament.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – Apparently giving a hint at not leaving Jamaat as per Gono Forum’s desire, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday advocated for strengthening the unity between Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-Party further to defeat the current regime.
“I would like to say it clearly that there’s no alternative to unity, no matter who thinks what…BNP has created a bridge between the Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-Party for the cause of a historical necessity. It’s still necessary to maintain, and we think now a greater unity is essential,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “We don’t accept the (December 30) election. As political parties, now it’s our duty to consciously cement the national unity, and remain alert so that frustration doesn’t grow among us.”
Jatiya Party (Zafar) arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club in memory of its acting chairman TIM Fazle Rabbi who died on December 27 last.
On January 12, Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain said it was a mistake of his party to join the recent 11th parliamentary election with Jamaat-e-Islami under the banner of Jatiya Oikyafront.
At a press conference at Gono Forum’s Arambagh central office, he also said they would mount pressure on BNP to drop Jamaat from its 20-party alliance to keep the Oikyafront intact and make it stronger.
Without mentioning any party’s name, Fakhrul warned that if any party thinks it will be possible to get a democratic victory fighting against a dangerous monster with lone efforts, it is not the right perception. ‘We must achieve the victory through people’s unity. This is the reality.”
He also said many questions can be raised about various political decisions and it is usual in politics. “But, we’ll asses our initiatives and find out our right and wrong actions at the right forums. We hope these issues will be discussed properly at those forums.”
The BNP leader urged the young generation to get organised and united to move ahead with patriotism instead of getting frustrated. “Don’t think nothing will happen. Something will surely happen. The sun of a democratic Bangladesh must rise.”
Fakhrul said the people of the country and the international community have already turned down the 11th parliamentary election. “The country’s people witnessed a cruel mockery in the name of election. People’s rights were snatched through it.”
He said a big damage has been done to Awami League through the election as the party has now become the opponent of people for depriving them of their voting rights. “Even, Awami League supporters are bemoaning that they couldn’t cast their votes,”
The BNP secretary general said it is Awami League’s inherent nature is to think that they are the owners of the country and people are their subjects. “That’s why this party never recognised people’s rights.”
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged that the ‘arrest business’ by law enforcers has now become a regular practice as a reign of terror has been established in the country.
“The evil tricks to arrest and harass opposition activists have now taken a serious turn. The Awami League government has continued inexpressible repressions on opposition leaders and activists after usurping power by force through stanching people’s voting rights,” he said.
In a statement, the BNP leader further said, “A reign of terror has been established in the country through repression on leaders and activists of BNP and other opposition parties after arresting them in false case. The arrest business by law enforcers has now become an order of the day.”
Fakhrul alleged that BNP leaders and workers are passing through miserable time in fear of arrest in ‘fabricated’ cases.
The statement was issued protesting and condemning the arrest of BNP national executive committee member Sheikh Mohammad Shamim.
The BNP secretary general said Shamim was subjected to the government’s political vengeance.
He demanded the government immediately release the BNP executive committee member after withdrawing ‘politically motivated’ cases filed against him.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir should resign from his party shouldering the responsibility for the failures both in the movement and the election.
“As a secretary general he couldn’t carry out a movement for 10 minutes over the last 10 years while his party couldn’t get even 10 seats in the election. BNP has failed both in the movement and the election. He (Fakhrul) should resign taking the responsibility for the failures if he has the minimum sense of shame,” he said.
A day after Fakhrul asked him to apologise publicly for committing the offence of “vote rigging” in the 11th parliamentary election, Quader hit back at his BNP counterpart while talking to reporters at Awami League’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office after an extended meeting of Dhaka south city unit Jubo League.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said those who turned down people’s outstanding victory should apologise to the nation.
He also said Fakhrul is now behaving like a ‘reckless driver’, and urged all to remain alert about him to avert any accident.
On Tuesday, Fakhrul said Awami League is now unable to handle such a major ‘rigging’ in the election. “Ask Mr Quader (AL general secretary) to go to a stadium and apologise to the nation for resorting to blatant lies and deceiving people.”
Mentioning that the December-30 national election was transparent and excellent one, Quader questioned whether any agent of the candidates of BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront raised any objection about the transparency of the election on the voting day.
7He also trashed the report of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on various election irregularities, including stamping ballot papers the night before the polls, terming those fictitious ones.
“TIB has now come up with the fairytale after so many days of the election. We know why they’ve cooked up so many imaginary and unbelievable stories. The country’s people will give a reply to it,” the minister added.
Dhaka, Jan 15 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday alleged that the government has completely failed to control the overheated rice market as the ruling party-backed syndicate is raising the prices of the staple through tricks.
“Rice prices have gone up frequently over the last few days. The prices have increased by Tk 6-8 per kg over the last one week. People, belonging to the ruling party-backed syndicate, are raising the prices through various tricks,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the allegation at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
The BNP leader said coarse rice is selling at Tk 50 while other varieties at Tk 70-80.
Rizvi said though the new food minister recently urged the traders to keep the rice market stable to protect his dignity, the traders raised the prices further.
“The syndicate members, who helped them (govt) in the election of vote robbery, have hiked the rice prices to make money. It’s now a big question whether the food minister has the power to take action against them,” he said.
The BNP leader said the syndicate of rice traders is making huge money putting people in serious troubles to cope with the exorbitant prices of the main food. “Even, low-income people are starving due to the unusual rise in the rice prices.”
He feared that the food crisis may hit the country in the days to come when the prices are rising during the paddy season. “We strongly condemn the government’s failure to control the price hike.”
About the recent unrest in readymade garment factories, Rizvi said the government is pushing the RMG sector towards destruction in a planned way.
He alleged that the government has put the owners and workers of the RMG factories against each other due to its failure to work out a justified wage structure and its implementation.