Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – Jatiya Party senior cochairman Raushon Ershad on Tuesday said their party’s future leadership will be decided through its nation council.
“The date of the council will be fixed very soon through discussions. Jatiya Party’s future leadership will be decided through it,” she said.
Ten days after HM Ershad reinstated his younger brother GM Quader as Jatiya Party chairman in his absence, Raushon came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion at Gulshan community centre marking the 36th founding anniversary of Jatiya Party’s student body Jatiya Chhatra Samaj.
In a dramatic move, Jatiya Party Chairman Ershad on April 6 reinstated his younger brother GM Quader as party chairman in his absence.
He took the decision just two days after Quader was reinstated as the party's cochairman, fueling the party’s internal feud.
The eccentric former military ruler, known for frequently changing his decisions, relieved GM Quader of Jatiya Party's cochairman post and its organisational duty on March 22.
Raushon, however, claimed that there is no division in Jatiya Party as its leaders and activists are united under the leadership of party chairman HM Ershad.
She also said her husband Ershad’s health condition is now much better than earlier.
Raushon, also the deputy leader of the opposition in parliament, asked the leaders and activists of Chhatra Samaj to build them as worthy citizens of the country through acquiring proper knowledge and hard work.
She also urged the student leaders to strengthen their organisation at all educational institutions across the country, including Dhaka University.
Raushon asked the Chhatra Samaj leaders to concentrate on their studies instead of wasting time on Facebook so that they can contribute to the development of politics and the country.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday termed ‘baseless’ different media reports on their chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release on parole saying that there has been no decision yet in this regard.
“Several newspapers have been publishing news with different headlines on the issue (of parole) for a few days. I would like to clearly say Khaleda Zia didn’t give any decision to go (abroad) for treatment on parole,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at the annual general meeting of a faction of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) at the Jatiya Press Club.
About their meeting with Khaleda at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Sunday, he said as prisoners are allowed to meet their relatives and friends on the special occasions like New Year, they took the chance and met their chairperson. “But there’s nothing to invent from such a meeting.”
Reacting to a media report on Khaleda’s release on parole for going to the UK, Fakhrul said an English newspaper ran news with specific date and day of their chairperson’s release on parole. “It’s very unfair.”
“It’s also regrettable that they (the English daily) contacted me for comment, and I said it’s completely baseless and untrue. Even after that, they published it prominently. We urge all to refrain from exercising such yellow journalism and not to confuse people,” he said.
The BNP secretary general also called upon journalists to talk to responsible BNP leaders before running any news on important issues relating to their party.
He also observed that social media platforms are now being used for the character assassination of people, including the politicians. “It’s a social crisis, and the media people should think about it.”
The BNP leader alleged that a ruling party-backed quarter is controlling the media in a planned way and working to build society as per the government’s desire.
He said the media is being controlled in such a way by creating an appalling situation that many popular intellectuals now cannot join television talk shows. “Now, it has become difficult to provide authentic information.”
Fakhrul said many journalists who tried to present accurate information lost their jobs after the national election. “A section of journalists is now in a good position, but not majority ones while many are jobless.”
He called upon all to mobilise public support to change the current situation and protect press freedom and people’s rights.
The BNP leader alleged that the law-and-order situation has badly deteriorated in the country as the current government has no accountability to people. “The law enforcers have taken a position against people.”
Fakhrul also bemoaned that politics has now got polluted so badly that it is difficult for good people to survive in politics.
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Monday alleged that the Awami League is trying to hush up the Nusrat-murder case as its leaders are involved in it.
“Awami League men are behind the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi. Those arrested already have admitted that the Upazila Awami president was involved in it. Meanwhile, the local Awami League general secretary has been expelled from the party, but not arrested,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader also said the reluctance to arrest local Awami League leaders involved in such a sensational case has stunned the entire nation.
“Ministers are now making various remarks to divert the incident to a different direction and hush it up. They dare show such an audacity to hide the incident as the offenders belong to Awami League,” he observed.
Adarsha Nagorik Andolan, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking its founding anniversary.
Nusrat, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa in Sonagazi upazila of Feni, was set afire on April 6 for refusing to withdraw a case filed against her madrasa principal Sirajuddoula for sexually harassing her last month.
After fighting for life for five days, the madrasa girl died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on April 10.
Mosharraf criticised local Awami League leaders and activists for what he said staging demonstrations in favour of ‘rapist’ Sirajuddoula and seeking his release when Rafi was fighting for life at the DMCH.
He alleged that the entire society have got badly polluted with the degradation of people’s values as the ruling party used the state machinery and its party leaders and activists to indulge in serious misdeeds during the national election.
The BNP leader also accused the government of turning the country into a failed state by destroying all the democratic institutions and snatching people’s all the rights, including freedom of expression.
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said it is up to their chairperson Khaleda Zia and her family whether she will apply for parole or not.
“We didn’t have any conversation with her (Khaleda) over parole as it’s not an issue of our party. It’s a matter completely related to Khaleda Zia and her family. So, we didn’t talk to her over the matter,” he said.
Fakhrul, who along with two other party leaders, met Khaleda at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Sunday, came up with the remarks while replying to a question by journalists on the premises of party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave.
Earlier, the BNP secretary general together with the leaders of the newly formed convening committee of Jatiyatabadi Ulema Dal placed wreaths at Zia’s grave paying homage to him.
During their meeting with their chairperson, Fakhrul said they discussed the issues relating to her treatment and cases.
He said their chairperson urged the country’s people to remain united to ‘restore’ democracy in the country.
The BNP leader also said Khaleda focused on keeping intact people’s unity with BNP and some other parties.
Asked whether they have any discussion with their chairperson about swearing in by their party’s six MPs-elect, Fakhrul replied in the negative. “We don’t think the current parliament is an elected one. We also rejected the results of the so-called election.”
He said their party is now taking preparations to wage a movement to force the government to free Khaleda Zia from jail and ‘restore’ democracy.”
On Sunday, Fakhrul together with BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Nazrul Islam Khan met Khaleda at room-No 621 of BSMMU’s Cabin Block in the afternoon.
Talking to reporters after meeting Khaleda, Fakhrul said their chairperson’s health condition has not improved that much at BSMMU over the last two weeks as she still cannot properly eat and bend her legs. “There’s no improvement in her left hand as she can’t work with it, and she has been going through such a situation.”
He said it is imperative to ensure proper treatment to their chairperson by the doctors of specialised hospitals as per her choice.
The BNP chairperson has been in jail since a special court convicted her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last year.
Amid her falling health, Khaleda was shifted to BSMMU from Old Dhaka Central Jail on April 1 for her better medical treatment.
Dhaka, Apr 14 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday hoped that the incidents of killing, enforced disappearance and unnatural death will be stopped with ‘restoration’ of democracy in the Bangla New Year.
“Last year was the year of losing democracy when people couldn't express their opinions and exercise the right to franchise. It’s also a year of repression by the fascist regime as thousands of people were sent to jail in false cases and many people subjected to killings and enforced disappearances,” he said.
Speaking at a cultural programme arranged by Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas) in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, the BNP leader further said, “We expect no one will be made disappeared like our leader Ilias Ali and get killed like Sagar, Runi, Tanu and Nusrat, and subjected to unnatural deaths in the new year."
Mosharraf, also a BNP standing committee member, hoped that people will get rid of the undeclared ‘one-party Baksal’ rule while democracy will be restored in the New Year. “We also believe uncertainty, chaos, untruth and insecurity will be removed in the New Year.”
He also voiced the high hope that their chairperson Khaleda Zia will be freed in Bangla Year 1426 from jail and people’s all the rights will be restored through a movement under her leadership.
“We passed a very bad time last year, but the country’s people want to remain in peace and with security in this year. We believe people will be able to express their freedom of expression and take the country forward in this year,” the BNP leader said.
He regretted that Khaleda Zia was not freed though her lawyers carried out a legal battle over the last 14 months. “No autocratic regime wants to release its main opponent. So, we must force it to free her through a movement.”
Stating that BNP restored democracy after 1975 and in the 1991, Mosharraf said the party will have to do the same this time as well. “We must free our leader (Khaleda) and play a role again in restoring democracy in Bangladesh.”