Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB) - BNP on Sunday alleged that the current Awami League-led government has no foreign friend to get support for resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis.
“They (govt) are acting like slaves with their knee-jerk foreign policy. They’re sacrificing the rights and interests of Bangladesh and its people,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “The government couldn’t send a single Rohingya over the last two years as it has failed diplomatically. Now they’ve no friend. They used to say loudly their relation with China is as high as the Mount Everest and it is even higher with India. But what’s the outcome? What’s the position of China and India over the Rohingya issue?”
The BNP leader said the government could not convince India and China, and get their support to overcome the Rohingya crisis due to its diplomatic failure. “Rohingyas has become a kind of burden for Bangladesh’s economy and society. So, it’s necessary to send them back to their motherland on humanitarian ground, but the government couldn’t do it due to its week foreign policy.”
BNP arranged the discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, marking its 41st founding anniversary.
Fakhrul said the government is now accusing BNP of obstructing Rohingyas from going back to their homeland only to shift its failures onto others.
He said their party founder Ziaur Rahman could repatriate Rohingyas within a short time in 1978 through bilateral talks while Khaleda Zia sent back around 2.33 lakh Rohingyas in 1992 through the United Nations. “That’s why BNP’s role is now crucial in protecting the country as it’s a party which upholds people’s interests and their hopes and aspirations.”
The BNP leader said their Chairperson Khaleda Zia who freed the country from the grasp of autocratic ruler HM Ershad in the 90s through her nine years’ struggle has now been languishing in jail for her efforts to restore democracy in the country.
“We must get united putting aside all misunderstandings and divisions among us to free her from jail and restore democracy. There’s no alternative to forging a national unity through uniting all democratic parties and people of all walks of life to make our movement a success,” he added.
Fakhrul said it is regrettable that Awami League, which once had carried out a movement for caretaker government, abolished the system by amending the Constitution to cling to power. “It’s a deception with people.”
He demanded the government take steps to hold a fresh and fair election under a neutral administration and the Election Commission cancelling the results of the 11th parliamentary election.
“On this founding anniversary of our party, we’re taking a vow to consolidate our party further. Our acting chairman Tarique Rahman has already started reorganising the party with his outstanding organisational competency. We believe that our party will be revitalised within a short time to oust the current fascist regime, the BNP leader said.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the country is passing through a very bad time due to the misrule of the current government. “There’s no democracy, rule of law and justice. Now the government can resolve no problem of people.”
He urged their party leaders and activists and people from all walks of life to get united to free Khaleda Zia from jail and thus restore democracy and the rule of law in the country.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said opposition leaders and activists are now being subjected to judicial repression. “We now don’t get justice from courts as we belong to the opposition.”
He also said Khaleda Zia is not getting justice from the judiciary due to the government’s interference in courts,
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President ASM Abdur Rob said it will not be possible to free Khaleda by raising slogans at indoor programmes. “A national unity must be forged keeping the own party united. No single party will be able to ensure the fall of an autocratic regime without uniting people.”
“You need a stick to kill a snake, but you need a weapon to kill a tiger. A weapon is also necessary to oust an autocratic regime, and that weapon is people’s unity,” he observed.
Senior leaders of BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-Party Alliance addressed the programme.
Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB) – Awami League on Sunday asked its aspirants to collect nomination forms by September 4 to contest the by-election to Rangpur-3 constituency to be held on October 5.
The aspirants can collect the nomination form from 10am to 5pm on September 2-4 from AL president’s Dhanmondi political office in the city.
The aspirants can submit the nomination form at the same office by 5pm on September 5, said an AL release signed by its office secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, MP.
The Election Commission on Sunday announced the by-polls schedule for the Rangpur-3 that fell vacant following the death of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on July 14.
As per the schedule, the deadline for submission of nomination papers is September 9 while the date for scrutinising those is September 11 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is September 16.
The same release also said Awami League presidium members will sit in a meeting on Tuesday next (Sept 3).
The meeting will be held 5pm on the day at the AL president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office.
AL general secretary and also Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader urged all concerned to join the meeting in time.
Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB) – BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the government is conspiring to annihilate its opponents after “destroying democratic structures through repressive acts”.
“The government has continued all types of plots to wipe out opposition politics and disagreements. As part of it, our leader Khaleda Zia has been put behind bars unlawfully,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “There’s no democracy in the country as the democratic structures have been destroyed through repression and suppression. That’s why BNP must restore democracy and free our leader (Khaleda) through a united struggle together with people. We’ve taken such a vow on this day.”
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at the grave of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman together with party leaders and activists marking its 41st founding anniversary.
He said the birth of BNP is an important incident in Bangladesh’s political history as the party restored democracy in the country and introduced multiparty democracy.
The BNP leader regretted that the party which annihilated democracy by establishing one-party rule Baksal in 1975 is now again trying to destroy its opponents to abolish democracy.
“We’re now doing politics in a very adverse situation. Our founding anniversary programmes have been obstructed across the country. This manifests that the government doesn’t want to allow opposition to use the minimum democratic space,“ he observed.
Fakhrul said the government is against democracy as it wants to hang onto power by resorting to repressive acts.
He said their party now wants to focus on two demands -- release of Khaleda Zia and a credible fresh election under a neutral government cancelling the results of 11th parliamentary election. “We’ll intensify our movement to realise the two demands.”
Dhaka, Sep 1 (UNB) – The BNP on Sunday paid homage to its founder Ziaur Rahman marking its 41st founding anniversary.
Party leaders and activists, led by Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, placed the wreaths at Zia's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar grave around 10:15am and offered fateha there.
They also joined a special prayer (munajat) seeking salvation for Zia's departed soul and good health of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
BNP Standing Committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Vice-Chairmen Shahjahan Omar, Ahmed Azam Khan and AZM Zahid Hossain, Chairperson's Adviser Zainul Abedin Farroque, joint secretaries general Mahbubuddin Khokon, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Habibun Nabi Khan Sohel, and Khairul Kabir Khokon were, among others, present.
Talking to reporters after placing wreaths, Fakhrul said they have taken a vow on this day to ‘restore’ democracy and free Khaleda Zia from jail.
He said they will intensify their movement demanding the release of Khaleda and holding a fresh national election under a non-party administration.
Leaders and activists of different units and associate bodies of the party also laid wreaths at the late president’s grave. BNP and its associate bodies are celebrating the founding anniversary with various programmes across the country.
To mark the day, the party flag was kept hoisted atop the buildings of the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office and other offices across the country in the morning.
BNP is scheduled to arrange a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the afternoon.
The party will bring out colourful rallies all over the country, including in the capital on Monday, celebrating the anniversary.
Ziaur Rahman founded the party on September 1, 1978 with a 19-point programme to build a self-reliant Bangladesh. After his assassination on May 30, 1981, his widow Khaleda took over the party leadership.
BNP is celebrating its founding anniversary without Chairperson Khaleda for the second consecutive year as she has been in jail since February 8, 2018, after a lower court convicted her in a graft case.
The party had been in power for four times and played the role of opposition twice.
It has been out of power for over 12 years since the 1/11 political changeover in 2007.
Rangpur, Aug 31 (UNB) – Jatiya Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga on Saturday urged ruling Awami League not to field any candidate in the by-elections to Rangpur-3 seat showing respect to late HM Ershad.
“We demand joining the by-election to the constituency in alliance. We request Awami League not to nominate any candidate in the seat,” he said.
Ranga came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after offering fateha at the grave of party founder HM Ershad at Polli Nibash.
Rangpur-3 parliamentary seat fell vacant following Ershad’s death on July 14. Ershad had won all elections he took part from this seat since in 1991.
The Jatiya Party secretary general said their party together with Awami League and some other parties took part in the 11th parliamentary elections under the Grand Alliance. “Though we’re now playing the role of Opposition, we participated in the election together. So, Jatiya Party thinks Awami League won’t field any candidate in the seat showing respect for HM Ershad.”
Ranga said Ershad’s Rangpur-3 is a stronghold of Jatiya Party from where Ershad had been elected MP repeatedly with big margin.
He said their party has already formed a nomination board, headed by its chairman GM Quade, which will finalise the candidate for the by-polls after assessing the competence of the aspirants.