Dhaka, Aug 12 (UNB) - The BNP on Monday said the government’s failure on all fronts has robbed the people of their Eid joy.
“Most of the areas in the country have been hit hard by flood while dengue has turned epidemic. The people are not in a joyous mood on the occasion of Eid,” said senior leader Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain.
Mosharraf, along with their party leaders and activists, went to Zia’s grave around noon and also placed a wreath on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “We’d like to say that the people cannot celebrate Eid properly due to the government’s incompetence and failure to create a congenial atmosphere.”
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said an anarchic has been prevailing in the country as the incumbent government is neither elected by people nor accountable to them.
The BNP leader said there is no alternative to restoring democracy and establishing a democratic government to overcoming the current situation.
He criticised the government for its failure to ensure smooth Eid journey.
Mosharraf said people collapse of train schedules and long tailbacks on highways due to the government mismanagement inflicted immense suffering on the people.
He alleged that the government has incarcerated BNP chief Khaleda Zia in false cases. He said Khaleda must be freed to restore a democratic atmosphere in the country.
Thakurgaon, Aug 11 (UNB) - BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said dengue turned into an epidemic due the government’s indifference and lack of accountability.
He made the comment while talking to reporters at his residence in the district town in the morning.
Bangladesh is struggling to control the outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease. The situation is likely to worsen during this Eid holiday as millions of people have travelled to their village homes to celebrate the festival.
So far, the government has confirmed 40 dengue-related deaths so far as more than 8,000 people, including children, are currently being treated at hospitals.
Dhaka, Aug 10 (UNB) - BNP on Saturday alleged that eid holidaymakers are going through immense sufferings on their way home due to the “mismanagement” of the government authorities.
“There’re long tailbacks on the highways near the ferry terminals, including Dhaka-Aricha one. Trains are packed and their roofs are overcrowded as the government didn’t take proper steps to ensure the smooth journey of home-goers,” said party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He further said, “Trains schedules are collapsing while vehicles cannot ply smoothly for the poor condition of roads and mismanagement. People are suffering due to the government’s mismanagement.”
The BNP leader came up with the allegation while distributing leaflets of their party in the city’s Gulshan area to create awareness among people about dengue.
He criticised the government for its failure to maintain train schedules as passengers have to wait for long hours at Kamalapur Railway Station. “Why people are being forced to wait 12 hours to catch their trains when the government always talks about development?”
Rizvi also came down hard on the government for its failure to control the dengue outbreak. “They’re spraying ineffective insecticide to kill mosquitos. It’s the medicine to keep mosquito asleep for a while. When the mosquitos wake up after five minutes, they again bite people.”
He said people want to know who plundered crores of taka in the name of importing mosquito-killing insecticide from abroad.
The BNP leader said the government has kept their chairperson Khaleda Zia and many opposition leaders and activists in jail by obliterating justice and the rule of law.
He urged people to get ready for waging a movement to free Khaleda Zia from jail and restore democracy in the country.
Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Friday said it is not possible to force the government to free their leader Khaleda Zia from jail with soft and indoor political programmes.
“Social organisations usually stage human-chain and black-flag programmes to register their protest against misdeeds. Is it enough to form human chains with a demand for the release of a political leader? There’s no reason to keep the political party’s way of protest to it (human chain), he said.
Speaking at a discussion here, the BNP leader further said, “We won’t be able to free Khaleda Zia with only peaceful and indoor programmes. Sheikh Hasina won’t release Khaleda Zia until BNP can wage a strong movement using its capability.”
Aparajeyo Bangladesh arranged the programme on dengue situation at the Jatiya Press Club.
Gayeshwar Chandra, a BNP standing committee member, urged the leaders and activists of their party to get ready for waging movement to have Khaleda freed from jail.
“Our party will surely call a movement. We’ll have to take to the streets, even the party doesn’t come up with such a call,” he added.
The BNP leader said a fresh and credible election is a must for the restoration of a democratic governing system. “We must ensure the fall of the current regime to pave the way for a free and fair election.”
About the dengue outbreak, Gayeshwar said the government and the two city corporations have miserably failed to tackle the dengue situation.
“The dengue situation wouldn’t have worsened that much had the government taken proper actions in due time,” he added.
Dhaka, Aug 8 (UNB) - Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday urged people to cooperate with the government instead of criticising it unnecessarily to tackle the dengue prevalence.
He said this while speaking at a programme organised by AL Relief and Social Welfare sub-committee at Dhanmondi 32 in the city, marking the birthday of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib.
Referring to the Prime Minister’s directives to intensify the cleanliness drive, Quader, also the AL general secretary, said, “Now the only work is to check the life-threatening dengue.”
Urging all to keep their own homes and workplaces clean, Quader said the two city corporations of Dhaka and other organisations concerned are working in a coordinated manner to eliminate dengue.
Regarding BNP’s claim of the government’s failure in controlling dengue, Quader said, “BNP itself has failed to play its due role as a responsible opposition party.”
He suggested BNP to recognise its own failure first before talking about the government’s failure.