Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – Stating that Andaleeve Rahman Partha’s Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) left the 20-party out of a huff, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday said it will be fixed soon to keep the coalition intact.
“As politics is now going through a bad time, some partners of the alliance may suffer from a sense of irritability. It’ll be over soon as the top leaders of BNP and its alliance partners will take an initiative to fix it,” he said.
Rizvi came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
He also said the 20-party alliance will remain united and continue to carry out different programmes together.
On Monday, Andaleeve Rahman Partha, chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), one of the key partners of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, said he quit the coalition for various reasons, including swearing in by seven MPs-elect of Jatiya Oikyafront.
Rizvi alleged the government is resorting to various tricks and games to split the 20-party alliance. “There’ll be no rift among those who have been working together and carrying out a movement for democracy for the last 10 years.”
He also said the unity of the 20-party partners will be cemented further in the days to come.
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday alleged that the market has become unstable with the skyrocketing prices of essentials at the beginning of Ramadan for lack of monitoring and control by the government.
“Those who influence the market are now controlling the government. That’s why the market has become unstable at the beginning of Ramadan,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he also said the government is barely bothered about public sufferings as it as has no responsibility for common people.
“They (govt) have got hostage to an unscrupulous and wicked syndicate which is now controlling the market,” the BNP leader said.
He alleged that meat traders are charging Tk 75 to 50 higher than the rates set by the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) for beef and mutton per kg during Ramadan.
Rizvi said the meat traders blamed the extortion by ruling party men at cattle markets for the high prices of beef and mutton. “The government high-ups are getting the share of the extorted money. The Awami syndicate is also plundering public money by raising the prices of the essentials.”
He said people are facing serious difficulties as the government has completely failed to control the prices of essentials at the beginning of the Ramadan. “The government is not monitoring the market as its eyes are on plundering.”
Though the Commerce Minister assured that the prices of essentials would not go up during Ramadan, the BNP leader said, the prices marked a sharp rise for no valid reason.
About the ongoing movement by the workers of jute mills at different parts of the country for having their outstanding wages cleared, he urged the government to take steps to accept their justified demands.
Dhaka, May 7 (UNB) – In the absence of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, BNP hosted an iftar party on her behalf for orphan students and alem-ulema (Islamic scholars) on Tuesday, the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The programme was held at the city’s Ladies Club with the participation of nearly 200 orphans and some alem-ulema.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and party standing committee members received the guests and exchanged pleasantries with them.
Khaleda used to take iftar with orphans and alem-ulema on the first day of Ramadan every year.
Khaleda was sent to jail on February 8, 2018 as she was convicted in a graft case. The BNP chief was shifted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on April 1 last due to her illness.
Prior to the iftar, a munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for Khaleda’s early recovery and her release from jail.
Apart from Fakhrul, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury joined the iftar party.
Dhaka, May 7 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday urged people to get united against autocracy and restore healthy politics in the country.
“In an autocratic system, the rule of law and freedom of speech are obliterated while the nation’s progress is hampered due to corruption, plundering and politicisation,” he said.
Speaking at Gonoforum standing committee’s meeting at its central office, Dr Kamal further said, “Autocracy also destroys economy, state institutions, and civilisation. So, we must unite people and forge a national unity against autocracy.”
He said it is impossible to establish good governance without healthy politics. “As people are the owners of the country, we must unite them to restore healthy politics and free the nation from an individual’s rule.”
Dr Kamal Hossain asked his party colleagues to strengthen their organisation at the grassroots level involving people and identifying their problems.
Gonoforum general secretary Dr Reza Kibria, executive presidents Prof Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury and party MP Mokabbir Khan, among others, spoke at the programme.
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday voiced deep concern over Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent reported remark in London about Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment, saying it will erode people’s confidence in the judiciary.
In a statement, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the Prime Minister, during her address to Awami League leaders and activists in London, expressed strong resentment over Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.
“I voice deep concern over what she said about our leader’s release. If Khaleda Zia’s release depends on Prime Minister’s will, then it’s not only a matter of worry but also an indication for a bad future of the country and its people,” he said.
On Friday last, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said, “The Prime Minister’s statement has gone viral on Facebook as she asked her party activists to tell Tarique (BNP acting chairman) that his mother won’t be able to come out of jail if he does excesses.”
Fakhrul said the Prime Minister’s statement has exposed there is no democracy in the country as a one-party rule has been established here.
“The Prime Minister’s such remark will create a deficit of trust in public about the judiciary, which is their last resort, and it’ll ultimately lead to anarchy in society,” he added.
The BNP leader alleged that the entire nation has got anxious with Sheik Hasina’s such comment. “I strongly protest and condemn it.”