Chattogram, Jan 22 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal leader from GEC intersection in the city on Monday night over posting ‘provocative remarks against the state and law enforcement agencies’ on her facebook.
The arrestee is Dewan Mahmuda Akhter Lita, 30, publicity secretary Chattogram City unit Jatiyabadi Mahila Dal.
Assistant superintendent of Police MdMashkur Rahman of Rab-7, said that a team of Rab arrested Lita from the area around 10:45 pm.
She was also accused in several cases, he said.
However, local BNP leaders claimed that Lita was arrested from a bus in Lalpur area of Feni while she was going to Dhaka.
Lalmonirhat, Jan 21 (UNB) – Claiming that Awami League has turned into a ‘mass enemy’ for ‘looting democracy’, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said their movement will continue until a people’s government is installed through a fresh election under a nonparty caretaker government.
“People no longer trust Awami League for looting democracy, led by Sheikh Hasina. They’ve now turned into a mass enemy,” he said while addressing a protest rally.
The rally was organised protesting the killing of Tozammel Hossain, environment affairs secretary of Rajpur union unit BNP in Sadar upazila who was killed reportedly by AL men on the voting day.
Fakhrul, also the spokesperson of Jatiya Oikyafront, expressed sorrow for the ruling party saying, “The party which fought for democracy and under the leadership of which the Liberation War took place has now looted democracy under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.”
He also said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia who had fought for democracy has been kept in jail in ‘fabricated’ cases.
The BNP leader alleged that Awami League put seals on the ballot papers the night before the election day with the help of the ‘state machinery’, including police, Rab, BGB, UNOs and DCs while Awami League ‘cadres’ resorted to vote robbery in public on the voting day.
He said the Jatiya Oikyafront together with people will overthrow the ‘demonic’ government.
Addressing the programme, Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) President Kader Siddiqui alleged that a stigmatised history of best vote robbery in the world was created through the December-30 election. “Had we not joined the election, it could not have been proved that Hasina is the world’s best vote robber.”
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President ASM Abdur Rob claimed that if any award is given for vote robbery, it will go to Sheikh Hasina.
Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury also spoke at the rally.
Dhaka, Jan 21 (UNB) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday claimed that the BNP leaders are now talking incoherently as they have lost their ‘senses’ following the drubbing in the December-30 election.
“Actually, BNP leaders have lost their senses after the party’s debacle in the election. That’s why, they’re now talking incoherently. It’s evident in the remarks of its secretary general (Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir) and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi,” he said.
The minister was talking to reporters at the secretariat.
He claimed that BNP candidates did not conduct electioneering properly before the polls. “In most constituencies, they didn’t take the field sensing their defeat beforehand. Their main aim was to make the election questionable. So, they’re now talking many things about the election to make it questionable,” he said.
Pointing to Rizvi, Hasan Mahmud suggested that they go for soul-searching to know the reasons behind their election defeat instead of exposing their political ‘bankruptcy’ holding a press conference every day. “You should analyse why your candidates did not go for electioneering, take action against those involved in the nomination trade and reorganise the party.”
He also claimed that no election was held so peacefully as the recent one was held.
Responding to a query about the wage board for journalists, the minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formed a seven-member committee at the first meeting of the new cabinet on Monday which will work to speedily implement the wage board.
Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – Strongly condemning the gang-rape of a woman ‘by Jubo League men’ in Noakhali, BNP on Sunday alleged that the activists of ruling Awami League have turned reckless with ‘diabolic joy’ after their ‘false victory’ in the 11th parliamentary election through ‘fake vote’.
“Awami League and its front organisations have become reckless with diabolic joy after winning the election through false votes. They’re now engaged in many ugly misdeeds,” said senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan Central Office.
Referring to the gang-rape incident in Kabirhat upazila in Noakhali, the BNP leader said, “It’s not only a heartbreaking incident but also a terrible example of brutality.”
Rizvi demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of those involved in the incident.
On Friday, a woman was gang-raped by some people after holding her three children hostages at Nabogram village in Kabirhat upazila of Noakhali district. Her husband was in jail in a political case.
The BNP leader said Bangladesh has entered the ‘dark age’ with the brutalities unleashed by ruling party men.
Terming the Awami League rally at Suhrawardi Udyan a ‘festival ofdemocracy killing’ the BNP leader said the colourful rally at Suhrawardy Uddyan spending public money was another joke with the people of the country.”
Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark that people exercised their franchise through casting votes spontaneously, Rizvi said, “Such statement is nothing but a brutal joke when people are shocked, worried and speechless being deprived of exercising their voting right due to vote robbery.”
Dhaka, Jan 19 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the people of the country spontaneously gave their verdict in favour of Awami League's manifesto in the December-30 election to free the country from terrorism, militancy, drugs, corruption, hunger and poverty, and ensure peace and development.
She also said her government will devote itself to the overall balanced development of the country keeping in mind that the people of the country gave them a great honour in the election.
"The people of the country gave their ultimate verdict in favour of our election manifesto. To keep the honour of this spontaneous mandate, we’ll always develop the country in a balanced way for the welfare of the people," she said.
The Prime Minister made the remarks while speaking at a victory rally at historical Suhrawardy Udyan.
The ruling Awami League organised the rally to celebrate the party’s landslide victory in the general election.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that the verdict that the people gave in favour of Awami League is against terrorism, militancy, narcotics and corruption. "I’ll ask the public representatives who have been elected to keep in mind that fulfilling the expectations of the people is our responsibility," she said.
Mentioning that it is hard to achieve the victory but much harder to serve the people keeping that victory intact, she said, "We’ve been entrusted with that harder task. We’ve to perform that responsibility wholeheartedly. I want to remind you all," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also ruling AL chief, said the people of the country gave their mandate in favour of peace and development as they want so. "They want Bangladesh to advance towards prosperity. The verdict is for making Bangladesh a hunger -and poverty -free country," she said, adding that the people gave their mandate to continue the journey towards the light from the darkness.
"They gave their verdict to build a modern and knowledge-based Bangladesh," she said.
The Prime Minister noted that the people want to build the country with the Liberation War spirit. "There’ll be no room on the soil of Bangladesh for the anti-liberation forces, war criminals, corrupt elements, militants and drug addicts. Bangladesh will be built with the Liberation War spirit.”
Extending thanks to all the political parties that participated in the general election, she said win and defeat are very much normal in any election.
Hasina said, "I want to make it clear that Awami League achieved the victory getting votes in favour of its electoral symbol Boat. This is true, but when we assumed the state power and when we got the responsibility to serve people and work for them, I can tell you one thing without any hesitation that our government will work for all the people irrespective of their party affiliation and opinions."
She mentioned that the government will work for the socioeconomic uplift of all. "We’ll ensure the political rights and improve the living standard of all. We won’t look into any party and opinion as each and every citizen of the country is very much important to us," she said.
The Prime Minister said the country’s people gave the responsibility to Awami League to serve them. "So, I’ll thank you all and tell you that we’ll work for all, no matter who voted for and who didn’t."
She also vowed to make the country a developed and prosperous one. "We’ll implement the pledges we made line by line," she said.
Mentioning that building a Golden Bangladesh is the main aim of the present government, Hasina said corruption, drugs and terrorism have to be rooted out from the country alongside establishing good governance to materialise this.
She also put emphasis on ensuring peace and security of people and sought cooperation of all. "I seek all-out cooperation from the people of the country. Let’s get united to build Bangladesh, let’s sacrifice our present for the future generation so that they could get a beautiful society and developed life, and move in the world arena keeping their heads high. We’ll do whatever necessary for this," she said.
Noting that the people cast their valuable votes for Awami League keeping faith in the party, the Prime Minister said she will keep the honour of it at any cost. "If needed, I’m ready to sacrifice my blood to keep the honour of the votes of the people. Let me promise to you- I’ll give the honour to the trust and dignity that have been given to us by the people of the country," she said.
Hasina also said she is ready to make any sacrifice to build Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
AL advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu, MP, and Tofail Ahmed, MP, AL presidium members Matia Chowdhury, MP, and Mohammad Nasim, MP, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, AL joint secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, AL organising secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Awami League central working committee member Mirza Azam, MP, Dhaka North City AL general secretary Sadek Khan, MP, Dhaka South City unit general secretary Shahe Alam Murad and Jubo League chairman Omar Faruq Chowdhury also spoke at the rally.
The AL general secretary read out a citation for Sheikh Hasina at the rally.
From around 10am, people in their thousands with banners, festoons and placards gathered at the rally venue chanting slogans and singing songs.
Law enforcers were deployed in large numbers in and around the venue as heightened security measures.