Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday alleged that the government is pushing its chairperson Khaleda Zia towards death in a planned way as justice has disappeared from the country.
“I went to meet Khaleda Zia in court yesterday (Tuesday). I can’t summon words to make you understand her condition. I didn’t see her in such a state anytime in the past… she has been pushed towards death in a planned way,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a token-hunger-strike programme, he further said, “You (govt) have created such a condition in the country where there’s no justice and fairness. Justice has disappeared from the country. This is unfortunate that from the highest court to the lower one is now functioning at the behest of the government.”
South Keraniganj unit of BNP arranged the programme at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, demanding party chief Khaleda Zia’s immediate release from jail. The programme that began around 11am continued until 4pm.
Fakhrul said their chairperson is so sick that she cannot hold her head straight while she is enduring serious pain in her whole body. “She neither can eat anything nor can keep any food in her stomach.”
He alleged that the court is not giving Khaleda Zia bail in many cases though other accused in those cases are out on bail.
Under the circumstances, the BNP leader said their party leaders and activists have no option to sit idle. “We must move forward with action programmes.”
He called upon the leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies in every upazila and district to take programme like token-hunger strike to mount pressure on the government to free Khaleda from jail.
Fakhrul alleged that the government is unwilling to release Khaleda from jail to prevent her from leading the nation in the movement for ‘restoration’ of democracy in the country.”
He said the government has been staying in power by using state power, guns, intimidating people, filing ‘false and fictitious’ cases against thousands of opposition leaders and activists and sending them to jail.
The BNP leader warned the government that it will not be able to hang onto power for a long time by suppressing people. “You won’t be able to keep people suppressed for a long time as they’ll surely wake up to ensure your fall.”
He urged the government to free Khaleda for the sake of democracy. “She’ll be able to protect you (govt) and democracy if you free her.”
Fakhrul also called upon the people of all walks of life to get united to build a democratic society by removing the current ‘fascist and autocratic’ regime.
BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said Khaleda is so sick that her life is now at stake. “She has to appear before the court with her falling health. But the court is not ensuring justice to her.”
He alleged that the Prime Minister has kept Khaleda in jail as she fears her for her immense popularity. “The Prime Minister will get relief the day she will hear the news of Khaleda Zia’s death sitting in Ganobhaban.”
Gayeshwar urged the BNP leaders and activists to get ready for making the highest sacrifice in the movement for freeing Khaleda Zia and restoring democracy.
Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – BNP has announced a full-fledged committee of its Lalmonirhat district unit as part of the party’s move to overhaul its grassroots units.
Prof Asadul Habib Dulu has been made president of the unit while Hafizur Rahman Babla its general secretary, said a press release on Tuesday.
Besides, the party formed a 41-member convening committee of its Nilphamari district unit.
AKM Alamgir Sarker was made the convener while M Johurul Alam member secretary of the committee.
The convening committee has been asked to form a full-fledged committee within three months by holding a council.
On March 2, the party dissolved its Nilphamari district unit committee due to organisational disorder.
Khulna, Mar 19 (UNB) – At least 12 people were injured in a clash between the supporters of two chairman candidates at Chuknagar bazar in Dumuria upazila on Monday night centering the upcoming third-phase upazila election.
Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Dumuria Police Station said that, the clash ensued between the supporters of Awami League candidate Mostafa Sarwar and another candidate Gazi Ejaj around 10 pm.
A chase and counter-chase took place and they hurled brick chips at each other, leaving 12 people injured.
The injured were admitted to Khulna Medical College and Hospital.
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Monday said the current government cannot stay in power for a long time as an ‘unusual’ situation has been prevailing in the country.
“It’s an unusual incident that vote robbery took place on December 29 instead of an election on December 30. It’s also unusual that Sheikh Hasina formed the cabinet dropping all senior leaders,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader also said uneven incidents also took place in Ducsu elections. “Unusual incidents have long been happening one after another. I think no one can remain in power for long amid such unusual situation.”
Khandaker Delwar Hossain Smriti Foundation arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the eight death anniversary of ex-BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain.
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said their party leaders and activists have got wondered, not disappointed, witnessing vote ‘robbery’ in the 11th parliamentary election.
“We’ve initiated the process to revitalise our leaders and activists. We’re trying to minimise our organisational gap. BNP will surely restore democracy which was annihilated by Awami League,” he said.
The BNP leader urged their party colleagues to get ready for a democratic movement instead of getting disappointed.
Speaking at the programme, Dhaka University former-VC Prof Emajuddin Ahmed said the ruling party has ‘destroyed’ democracy by ‘snatching’ people’s voting rights in the national election.
About the recent Ducsu polls, he said it is unimaginable that Dhaka University teachers worked for ensuring the victory of a particular organisation. “It never happened in the past. It’s a serious stigma for the university.”
He asked the BNP leaders and activists to go to people, and take to the streets with them to ‘restore’ democracy in the country.
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) - Former Jatiya Party presidium member Muhammad Mohsen Rashid on Monday joined Dr Kamal Hossain’ Gono Forum.
Rashid, also the secretary general of South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation in Law (SAARCLAW), formally joined Gono Forum by presenting Dr Kamal a bouquet at a discussion at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium.
Gano Forum arranged programme marking the 99th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Dr Kamal also greeted Rashid by parenting a bouquet.
In his brief address, Rashid said, “I should’ve joined Gono Forum much earlier as the country is passing through a tough time.”
He regretted that his previous party, Jatiya Party, harmed the country and the nation in many ways.
Rashid hoped that he will be able to work for the people and the country under the leadership of Bangabandhu’s close associate Dr Kamal Hossain.
Earlier on March 6 last, Rashid resigned from Jatiya Party by sending a letter to its Chairman HM Ershad.