Dhaka, May 17 (UNB) – President of Liberal Democratic Party LDP Oli Ahmed on Friday alleged that some people do not want BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to be freed from jail to gain their personal interests.
“Plots are on by various quarters about the BNP chairperson’s release. Some people don’t want Khaleda Zia’s release. Because, they’ll be in trouble if she walks out of jail,” he said.
Oli, a close associate of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and former BNP minister, came up with the remarks at an Iftar party at the city's Ladies Club hosted by his party.
He also voiced frustration over the inaction of the BNP-led 20-party alliance to free Khaleda Zia and several thousand opposition leaders and activists.
“Will we sit idle when the country is in trouble? The 20-party partners are speaking against each other though Khaleda Zia is still in jail. Not only that, we’re not thinking about thousands of leaders and activists who’re staying in jail. The entire country has turned into a jail,” Oli bemoaned.
Under the circumstances, the LDP chief said, they have started mobilising public opinion to free Khaleda Zia and restore people’s voting and other rights.
“We’ll go to every part of the country to unite people in a peaceful manner, but we won’t indulge in anti-government activities. We’ll put in our best efforts to save people, not to harm them and the development,” he added.
Oli alleged that the incidents of repression on women have marked a sharp rise in the country due to slide in law and order.
He also said farmers are passing through very tough time as they are not getting fair prices of their produce.
The former minister also warned that the country’s economy may collapse in the coming days if the current situation continues.
Dhaka, May 17 (UNB) – Senior BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Friday claimed that wrong government policies are denying farmers fair prices of their products.
“Why is the government not procuring paddy directly from farmers with fair prices?” the BNP standing committee member asked at a reception programme arranged by BNP at its chairperson’s Gulshan office on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.
Mosharraf noted that the recent incident of a farmer setting fire to his crop because he is frustrated with falling prices is not a small matter.
Farmers are counting about Tk 300 loss per maund of rice in the current Boro season with the fall in prices.
“It’s an ominous sign for our country. But the government is sidetracking the issue,” he said. “Had the farmers gotten fair prices, they wouldn’t have had to set fire to their paddy fields.”
Mosharraf also accused the government of providing pro-ruling party businessmen opportunities to siphon off money abroad through rice import although the country has a huge stock of paddy.
Dhaka, May 17 (UNB) - The 39th Homecoming Day of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is being observed on Friday.
On May 17, 1981, Sheikh Hasina returned home from India after nearly six years in exile following the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman and most of his family members by a cabal of army officers on August 15, 1975.
However, both the daughters of Bangabandhu - Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana - survived as they were in Germany at the time. Hasina was elected president of Awami League in her absence in the party's national council held on February 14-16, 1981.
Awami League and its associate bodies have chalked out various programmes, including milad, doamahfil and discussions, to mark the day.
President Abdul Hamid issued a message on the occasion.
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) – Post-deprived leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Thursday demanded that newly elected central leaders, including president and general secretary, undergo dope tests.
They made the demand at a press conference at Madhur Canteen of Dhaka University (DU) around 2pm.
On behalf of those failed to find their names in the newly announced committee, former BCL programme and planning affairs secretary Rakib Hossain said they are sure that most of the leaders who got posts in the new committee are ‘drug addicts’. “That’s why, we demand conducting dope tests on the BCL central leadership.”
At the press conference, BCL former publicity and publication secretary Saif Babu read out a written statement.
In the statement, he expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina for directing to reconstitute the BCL committee dropping the controversial ones.
He also said they were ready to give ‘befitting replies’ if Sheikh Hasina’s directive is ignored in the name of reconstitution.
Shahed Khan, general secretary of Kabi Jasimuddin Hall BCL unit, claimed that their demand for reconstituting the BCL committee is logical as the President and General Secretary were compelled to make a list of 17 controversial ones.
At the press conference, the post-deprived leaders also revealed the names of '99 controversial leaders’ who are either involved in different types of crimes like drug trading and question paper leakage or are non-students and married.
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Thursday urged their party leaders and activists to take to the streets with courage to have their chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail.
“We’re saying many things about the release of our chairperson Khaleda Zia, but we’re not doing what actually we need to do. Someone here said self-immolation is necessary to free her. Anyone can do it as no permission is necessary for sacrificing own life,” he told a discussion.
The BNP leader further said, “But we don’t want you to die as we only want to free Khaleda Zia from jail. No one deeds not die for her release. Just take to the streets with bravery to ensure her release.”
Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the Historic ‘Farakka Long March Day’.
On May 16 in 1976, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani led a massive long march from Rajshahi towards India's Farakka Barrage, demanding demolition of the barrage constructed by the Indian government to divert the flow of Ganges water inside its territory.
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, said the government has kept Khaleda Zia in jail unfairly out of its political vengeance.
He warned the government that people are getting united to free Khaleda from jail with a strong street agitation.
The BNP leader said people in 1971 liberated the country for establishing democracy, but the current government obliterated democracy to hang onto power. “We must free Khaleda Zia first to restore democracy in the country.”
Nazrul said Maulana Bhasani had registered a massive protest against the construction of India's Farakka Barrage through the Long March in 1976 as he was a true patriotic leader.
He said India constructed the Farakka dam on an experimental basis, but it is regrettable that the experiment is not over yet.