Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) – Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Sunday said the announcement of Jatiya Oikya Front to ‘restore’ democracy in the country joining hands with militant and communal forces, war criminals and the corrupt is a mockery with the nation.
He also termed the seven-point demand of the new alliance ‘unfortunate’ for the nation and the country’s politics. ”They’ve placed proposals for removing the Sheikh Hasina government and rehabilitating Razakars, BNP and militants in the politics. This is unfortunate for the nation and politics.”
While talking to reporters at the Secretariat, Inu also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been informed about the concerns of journalists over the Digital Security Act and they will sit with the Sampadak Parishad (Editors’ Council) after the Cabinet discusses the issue.
On Saturday, BNP, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya and a faction of Jukta Front launched a new opposition alliance, 'Jatiya Oikya Front', ahead of the national election without Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury.
The Information Minister described the seven-point demand and 11-point goal of the Jatiya Oikya Front as a scheme to bring the corrupt, militants and terrorists into the politics and a proposal to bring an abnormal government in power. “This is not an alliance, rather a plot.”
He criticised Dr Kamal Hossain for keeping mum over BNP’s alliance with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. “The crux of their demands is to bring an abnormal government by triggering instability before the election.”
About the new alliance’s demand for releasing political prisoners, Inu said there is no political prisoner in the country. “Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman are identified and recognised criminals. They’ve placed the seven demands for their release.”
Turning to journalists’ concerns over the Digital Security Act, he said they had a meeting with the Sampadak Parishad and leaders of BFUJ, DUJ and listened to their concerns. “Two cabinet meetings have been held by the time. We informed the Prime Minister of their concerns but there’s no atmosphere for discussion over the issue.”
Expressing the hope that there will be discussion on the issue anytime, the Information Minister said they will again sit with the Sampadak Parishad and the journalist leaders after the discussion.
He said although the President signed the Digital Security Bill into law, it can be amended anytime. “It’s his routine work.”
Asked about the Sampadak Parishad’s claim that three ministers did not keep their promise over the Digital Security Act, Inu termed it unfortunate.
The 'Digital Security Bill’ was passed in Parliament on September 19 and President Abdul Hamid assented to the Bill on October 8.
On September 30, Inu, Law Minister Anisul Huq and Posts, Telecommunications and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar and Prime Minister's Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury held a meeting with 13 editors of different newspapers over act.
After the meeting, Anisul had said Sampadak Parishad’s objections to nine sections of the ‘Digital Security Act’ and its demand for amending those would be placed before the Cabinet for discussions and sit with the editors again over the terms of reference to be given by the Cabinet.
However, there was no discussion the issue although two Cabinet meetings were held by the time.
On Saturday, the Sampadak Parishad announced to form a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on October 15, demanding amendment to the nine sections.
Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) - BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam has been admitted to a city hospital as fell sick seriously.
“My father [Tariqul] was admitted to Apollo Hospital on Saturday and kept in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital,” his son Aninda Islam Amit told UNB on Sunday.
Mentioning that Tariqul has been suffering from heart, kidney diseases, diabetic and old-age complications, he urged all to pry for the early recovery of his father.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir visited Tariqul, a former minister, on Saturday after he was taken to the hospital.
Meanwhile, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference today regretted that though Tariqul remained bedridden for a long-time, various ‘fictitious’ cases were filed against him with Paltan, Khilgaon and Motijheel police stations.
Madaripur, Oct 14 (UNB) – Taking a swipe at Dr Kamal Hossain, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the Gono Forum chief has joined hands with killers.
"He (Dr Kamal) has joined hands with them (killers), why not! Dr Kamal, Khaleda Zia and Tarique Zia had whitened black money," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing a public rally organised by local Awami League at Shibchar.
Talking about the recently launched unity of BNP, Dr Kamal Hossain, ASM Rob and Mahmudur Rahman Manna, she questioned, “What they can do and what they want to do!”
Sheikh Hasina, also the ruling Awami League chief, Dr Kamal Hossain forged the unity with those who are killers, corrupt, plunderers of orphans’ money. "With him some other small fry have gathered there—they all formed the unity."
She said Dr Kamal always talks about principles and dignity, and is always vocal against corruption, terrorism and militancy. "But, BNP and Jamaat are involved in terrorism… now he has forged a unity with them."
Questioning the leadership of the newly formed unity, Hasina said BNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman is a convicted criminal living abroad as he is convicted in money laundering, 10-truck arms smuggling and August-21 grenade attack cases.
"Dr Kamal Hossain and his gang have forged the unity under that chairperson."
She said the people of the country do not want the killers and they demonstrated this desire in the 2008 and 2014 elections, voting Awami League to power.
The AL chief said the development of Bangladesh is never visible to Dr Kamal Hossain and his gang but the world acclaimed Bangladesh as a role model of development. "To them, development means corruption, terrorism and money laundering."
The Prime Minister said Khaleda and Tarique were involved in the August-21 grenade attack. "They tried to kill me through the grenade attack to make Awami League leaderless."
Hasina mentioned that they destroyed the all clues and evidence of the gruesome attack and staged the ‘Goj Mia drama’. "This [Zia] family is a killer family. Zia was also involved in the August 15, 1975 carnage with Moshtaque Ahmed."
Seeking votes in favour of ‘Boat’, the election symbol of Awami League, in the next general election, Hasina urged all to help continue the development spree.
Chaired by Shibchar Awami League president Md Shamsuddin Khan, the rally was addressed, among others, by party leaders Sajeda Chowdhury, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury, Obaidul Quader, Faruk Khan, Dr Dipu Moni, Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury and Saifuzzaman Shikhor.
Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) - Left Democratic Alliance (LDA) on Sunday announced a two-day programme, including a sit-in and a memorandum to President Abdul Hamid, to press for holding the next polls under a non-party neutral administration.
As part of the programmes, the LDA will hold a ‘mass-sit-in’ programme across the country on October 23 and submit the memorandum to the President on October 29.
In the capital, the ‘mass-sit-in’ programme will be observed from 11am to 3pm in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
LDA coordinator and Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party general secretary Saiful Haque announced the programmes from their demonstration near the Secretariat.
He urged the government to come up with a specific announcement by this month to quit power and take steps for forming a non-party election-time government through talks with political parties.
The LDA coordinator threatened that they will announce harsher programmes like blockade if the government does not quit power, dissolve parliament, reconstitute the Election Commission and form the election-time neutral government for holding an acceptable general election.
He said the country’s people will no longer tolerate any unilateral election in the country. “We would like to say the government won’t be able to hold a 2014 like election this time as people are now united to restore their voting rights.”
Earlier, several hundred leaders and activists of LDA, a platform of eight left-leaning parties, held a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club protesting the government’s misrule, plundering and repressive acts, and demanding holding the next polls in a credible and acceptable manner under an impartial election-time government.
Saiful Haque, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) general secretary Md Shah Alam, and Ganasamhati Andolon chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, among others, spoke at the programme.
After the rally, the LDA leaders and activists brought out a procession towards the Secretariat, but police intercepted them near the Jatiya Press Club.
LDA leaders and activists the activists engaged in a scuffle with police as they tried to break the police barricade.
Later, they staged a demonstration near the secretariat and announced their action programmes.
Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) – Without mentioning the name of Dr Kamal Hossain, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim on Sunday said BNP has manifested its political bankruptcy through hiring a ‘thrown-out’ leader though its leader is still alive.
“You (BNP leaders) should’ve resigned as you’ve hired a ‘rejected’ leader when your leader is still alive and living in jail. You’re mentally ill and you should receive mental treatment for manifesting your bankruptcy,” he said.
While addressing a seminar organised by Bangladesh Association of Psychiatrists (BAP) as the chief guest at the National Institute of Mental Health and Hospital (NIMH) in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area, Nasim also alleged that the ‘conspirators’ have joined together in the name of ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’.
Chaired by BAP president Prof Dr Md Waziul Alam Chowdhury, the seminar was also addressed by Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad president Prof Dr M Iqbal Arsnal, its general secretary Prof Dr MA Aziz and NIMH director Prof Dr Faruque Alam.
Associate Professor Dr Mekhala Sarker presented the keynote paper at the seminar.
The ruling party leader asked the BNP leaders to come to power first winning the next general election and then form a caretaker government.
Branding BNP as a ‘master of conspiracy’, Nasim said no plot will work now. “The election is knocking on the door and get ready for the election.”
BNP, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya and a faction of Jukta Front on Saturday launched a new opposition alliance, ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’, ahead of the national election without Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury.
Dr Kamal Hossain came up with the announcement of the Jatiya Oikya Front at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club while Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna read out the demands and goals of the alliance.
The new alliance envisages realising seven demands, including the resignation of the government, dissolution of parliament, formation of an election-time neutral government and the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and meeting 11 goals.