Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – BNP on Monday urged the government to ensure the release of its ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia on bail from jail before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.
“Though Begum Zia has been staying in jail, she’s still the most popular leader in the country. That’s why Awami League is hatching a new plot to eliminate her from earth,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “On behalf of BNP, I call upon the government to free Khaleda Zia from jail before the eid by not interfering in her bail process.”
Rizvi said Khaleda is not getting proper treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). “Her diabetes still couldn’t be controlled ….she’s unable to get up from bead, cannot move her hands and legs, and eat anything.”
He criticised Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud for his comment that Khaleda’s health problem is an old issue.
“The Information Minister has cruelly disparaged a former Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, with his reckless, medieval and impulsive comment about her health condition,” the BNP leader said.
He alleged that Hasan Mahmud’s remarks indicted that the government is conspiring to kill Khaleda Zia in jail without providing her treatment for her various diseases.
While talking to reporters during a views-exchange meeting at the Secretariat on Sunday, the Information Minister asked BNP leaders not to do politics over their Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s medical treatment as her illness is an old issue. “She (Khaleda) has been suffering from knee problem for the last 15 years and it sometimes gets worse.”
On February 8, 2018, Khaleda was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail as she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She has been receiving treatment at BSMMU since April 1.
Dhaka, May 26 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the government’s assertion over achieving 8.13 percent GDP growth in 2018-19 fiscal year is nothing but a trick of mathematics.
“The government used to talk about widespread development of the country. Are they (govt) really developing the country? Economists are saying the government’s statistics on the GDP growth rate are not correct,” he said.
Speaking at an iftar party, the BNP leader further said, “The government is showing the GDP growth with some inflated mathematical figures.”
Bangladesh Labour Party, one of the components of the BNP-led 20-Party Alliance, arranged the iftar event at a city hotel.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal at a recent programme said Bangladesh’s GDP growth is set to hit 8.13 percent in the current fiscal year.
Fakhrul said the current government usurped power using the guns and muscle power. “They imposed an undemocratic and fascist rule on the country’s people obliterating democracy and the election system.”
He said their party chairperson Khaleda Zia has unfairly been kept in jail by ‘influencing the judiciary’ as she did not make any compromise with unfairness and the current ‘despotic’ government.
The BNP leader alleged that homebound people are going through immense sufferings due to chaos and mismanagement on roads and highways before the upcoming eid. “There’s an anarchic situation on roads and railways ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.”
Fakhrul also alleged that the ruling party men are indulging in plundering in every sector as the government has no accountability to people.
Dhaka, May 26 (UNB) – Awami League presidium member Faruk Khan on Sunday joined an iftar party of BNP’s alliance partner Gonoforum on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain hosted the iftar at a city hotel in honour of political leaders and noted citizens.
Since the formation of Dr Kamal Hossain-led opposition alliance Jatiya Oikyafront comprising BNP, Awami League for the first time sent its any delegation to any Gonoforum event.
“I, on behalf of Bangabandhu’s daughter and Awami league President Sheikh Hasina, thanked Gonoforum for inviting Awami League to such a programme. Before coming here, the Prime Minister had phoned me and said she’s unable to join the programme on her personal health ground,” Faruk Khan said.
He further said, “She (PM) asked me to greet you, on her behalf, on the occasion of holy Ramadan. We’ll pray to Allah at his iftar event so that she can run the country in a better way, and work for the country’s people.”
Speaking at the programme noted economist Rehman Sobhan laid emphasis on interaction of leaders of both the ruling and opposition parties at social and religious programmes like iftar parties for bringing a positive change in political culture. “It’ll also help strengthen democracy.”
Dr Kamal thanked the guests for joining the event. He, however, didn’t make any political statement since it was an iftar party.
BNP standing committee member Dr Moyeen Khan, joint secretaries general Mahbubuddin Khokon, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party general secretary Saiful Hauqe, Gonoforum executive presidents Professor Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury, its general secretary Reza Kibria and Barrister Mainul Hosein, among others, joined the event.
Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday urged the government, the Election Commission and the ruling Awami League to take lessons from India’s Lok Sabha elections.
“People in India could cast their ballots in favour of the party of their choice in the Lok Sabha elections. I would like to urge the Bangladesh government, the Election Commission and the administrations at all levels to take lessons from it. Especially, Awami League needs it the most,” he said.
Mosharraf came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiyatabadi Nagorik Dal at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 38th death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.
The BNP leader congratulated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the second consecutive election victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I greet Indian people as they could exercise their right to franchise. I also greet Modi as he could hold a fair election staying in power.”
Mentioning that the government used to talk about many positive things of India as references, he urged the government to get inspired from the Lok Sabha polls to hold such unquestionable elections in Bangladesh.
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said India showed the world the strength of its democracy by holding a fair and credible election.
“There’s now no democracy in Bangladesh. We must restore it. But, we won’t be able to restore democracy if we fail to free ‘mother of democracy’ Khaleda Zia,” he said.
The BNP leader urged the democratic forces to get united to bring back people’s all the lost rights. “People are now ready to take to the streets. Now we’re working to unite our leaders and activists and reorganise our party to wage a movement.”
Dhaka, May 23 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Friday said democracy has become successful through the 17th Lok Sabha elections in India as people have been able to elect their representatives exercising their voting rights.
“The positive sign of India’s Lok Sabha elections is that the people of that country have been able to elect their representatives through voting. But the people of Bangladesh couldn’t do that in their polls,” he said.
Giving their party’s reaction to Indian election results at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, Khosru further said, “Democracy has become successful in India as the country could ensure the voting and constitutional rights of its people in the Lok Sabha polls.”
He also said democracy has got strengthened further in India through its recent election. “BJP, led by Narendra Modi, won the election with people’s votes. People have given BJP the mandate by casting their votes in favour of it.”
On behalf of BNP, Khosru said their acting chairman Tarique Rahman has already congratulated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the resounding election victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
He said their party’s congratulatory message to Modi will be sent through the Indian High Commission here very soon.
Khosru said they want the Indian new government to give importance to the interest of the people of the two countries in intensifying the bilateral relations with Bangladesh.
Narendra Modi secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory.
Official data from India's Election Commission showed BJP is set to win about 303 of the 543 seats in parliament.