Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Monday said people are searching for a political force that will work in favour of them, as a serious political vacuum has been prevailing in the country.
“Common people are looking for a political force that will understand their demands and eye movements,” he said.
Quader made the remarks at a programme at the party Chairman’s Banani office marking the joining of two Cumilla BNP leaders to Jatiya Party.
He said Jatiya Party will do politics to fulfill people’s expectations by strengthening its organisational capacity with united efforts.
The Jatiya Party chairman urged his party colleagues to work for earning people’s confidence to get their mandate for governing the country in the days to come.
He said their party has been active in politics as an effective opposition party to show the government its mistakes and wrongdoings. “We’ll do positive politics in favour of the country and its people.”
Mentioning that it is nearly impossible to force any government to quit in Bangladesh, Quader said political parties should allow any elected government to complete its five-year tenure and get organised for the next election.
BNP Cumilla (south) Sadar upazila unit vice-president Abdus Sattar Poddar and its joint general secretary Sakhawat Hossain joined Jatiya Party at the programme by presenting a bouquet to Quader.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – BNP on Monday said there is no reason for Bangladesh to provide its land to India in Brahmanbaria to expand Agartala airport.
“There’ve been media reports about it (India’s desire to use Bangladeshi land in Brahmanbaria). We’re closely observing the matter,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He further said, “Bangladesh government hasn’t agreed yet, and there’s no question about providing any land. There’s no reason to give our land to any other country.”
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave along with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal, marking its 39th founding anniversary.
Media reports said India wants a piece of Bangladesh’s land in Brahmanbaria to expand the Agartala airport, but the country is yet to make any proposal in this regard.
Fakhrul said their party is not ‘optimistic’ about getting any positive outcome to resolve the outstanding problems with India from the visit of its External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
“We’ve been hearing for 10-12 years that the Awami League government’s relation with India reached the highest level, but we still didn’t get the fair share of water from the Teesta River. Border killing could not be stopped as no step has been taken to remove the trade deficit with India,” he said.
The BNP leader said Bangladesh’s no pending issue with India has so far been resolved. “But India solved its own problems with us. That's why we can't be optimistic and we also don’t expect much from this visit."
S Jaishankar is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Monday night to discuss bilateral issues and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's upcoming visit to India.
Fakhrul protested Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark involving Zia with the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in August 15, 1975, saying the ruling party is trying to distort history.
“It’s historical fact that Ziaur Rahman in no way was involved with the assassination. Their people (AL leaders) were involved with it (the murder of Bangabandhu). Those who formed the government and parliament after the assassination were involved with it,” he observed.
Fakhrul criticised Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun for his accusing BNP of involving in rawhide disaster, and said the minister made such an imprudent comment to hide his failure.
He said the current government has failed to run the country as it lacks people’s mandate. “There’s no representative of people both in the government and parliament. The unelected ministers have nothing to do except making unguarded remarks.”
The BNP leader alleged that the government is trying to be the ‘master’ of people by eliminating politics and political parties. “They want the country to be run by a single party, but people won’t let it happen.”
He warned that people will surely restore democracy in the country through a movement as they did in the past.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) - BNP on Monday chalked out a two-day programme to celebrate its 41st founding anniversary on September 1.
The programmes include rallies, discussions, hoisting party flag, placing wreaths at the grave of party founder Ziaur Rahman.
The programmes were worked out at a joint meeting of the party and its associate bodies at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office with its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair.
After the meeting, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes.
As per the founding anniversary programmes, the party flag will be hoisted atop its Nayapaltan central office and all other offices of BNP across the country at 6am on September 1.
Besides, the party leaders and activists will place wreaths and offer fateha at the grave of its founder Ziaur Rahman at 10 am on the day.
Speaking at the programme, Mirza Fakhrul said they want toke out rallies across the country, including in the capital, the same day.
He said they will not take out the rallies only to mark their founding anniversary, but also to push for their demand for the ‘restoration’ of democracy.
Fakhrul said their party will also arrange a discussion in the city on September 2.
He said they will highlight the issue of keeping their chairperson in jail ‘unfairly through the programmes of their founding anniversary.
In the 40 years’ journey of their party, the BNP leader claimed it has played outstanding contributions to establishing democracy in the country.
He also recalled their party’s various steps for socioeconomic development of the country.
On September 1, 1978, Ziaur Rahman formed BNP with a 19-point programme to build a self-reliant Bangladesh. BNP ruled the country for several terms.
BNP’s associate all units across the country will mark the day with holding various programmes, including discussion meetings and rallies.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain’s Gonoforum will hold a discussion in the city marking the National Mourning Day and the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s presidium members at Dr Kamal’s Motijheel chamber on Sunday afternoon.
The discussion is scheduled to be held on August 24 at the Jatiya Press Club, said a party press release.
It said the meeting discussed the country’s latest political situation and celebration of the party’s 25th founding anniversary and the plight of Mirpur fire victims.
The meeting demanded the government provide the fire victims with compensation and rehabilitate them.
It also worked out different programmes, including discussion across the country, to mark the founding anniversary Gonoforum on August 29.
The party will centrally celebrate its founding anniversary on September 7 at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the capital.
Gonoforum general secretary Dr Reza Kibria, executive presidents Dr Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury, presidium members Mokabbir Khan, MP, Jaglul Haider Afrik, AMSA Amin, Advocate Mohsin Khan and joint general secretary Amin Ahmed Afsari were, among others, present at the meeting held with Dr Kamal in the chair.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – A total of 108 leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal have bought nomination papers to vie for its president and general secretary posts in the council slated for September 14 next.
Of them, 42 leaders collected the nomination forms to fight for the president post while 66 others for the general secretary post of the BNP’s student body, said JCD’s ex-office secretary Abdus Sattar Patwari.
The sale of nomination form began on Saturday and ended at 4pm on Sunday.
As per the schedule announced by JCD election steering committee, 580 councillors of the student body’s 117 organisational units will elect their president and general secretary through direct balloting on September 14.
Three female JCD leaders-- Nadia Pathan Pabon of Begum Badrunnesa Govt Women College, Mansura Alam of Dhaka University and Dalia Rahman of private university--collected nomination forms to vie for the secretary post. However, no female leader showed interest to be a candidate for the post of JCD president.
As per the schedule, Sattar said, the nomination papers can be submitted on Monday and Tuesday. “The nomination papers will be scrutinised on August 22-26 while the final list of candidates will be published on September 7.”
Earlier, BNP had announced to hold the council of JCD on July 15, but the party was forced to reschedule it amid a movement by a group of leaders of the student body’s dissolved committee demanding the withdrawal of a specific age limit in forming the new committee.
JCD's last committee was formed on October 14, 2014, with Rajib Ahsan as its president and Akramul Hasan as general secretary, and it was dissolved on June 3 last.