Thakurgaon, Aug 14 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday urged the government to quit immediately considering the country’s current situation.
Talking to reporters at his local residence before starting his journey for the capital, he also said the leather industry suffered a setback during this Eid-ul-Azha due to the foul play of a syndicate and for lack of a good leather policy.
“This government is harming the country as it’s not elected by people. The state, the social system and the economy have collapsed. Irregularities in the banking sector now have become all pervasive,” Fakhrul said.
He alleged that influential ruling party leaders and their advisers are not repaying the loans of different banks. “Some people having political link are destroying the banking sector and the economy. That’s why we’ve repeatedly been saying this government has no connection with people.”
The BNP leader alleged that the government is deceiving people by inflating the GDP growth and people’s per capita income. “They’re talking about huge development resorting to tricks to fool people. Many economists have already proved that the government’s assertion over the development is not right.”
Under the current circumstances of the country, he said, the government should step down immediately and hold a fresh election under a neutral administration.
About the throwaway prices of rawhides, he said many people buried the rawhides of their sacrificial animals being deprived of reasonable prices. “The rawhides of the sacrificial animals are usually supplied to the leather industry, but the leather traders got affected badly this time due to the negative role of a syndicate.”
He said a crisis has been created in the lather industry for lack of a government policy and necessary steps to ensure discipline in it.
The BNP leader also said the government is not at all concerned about people’s interests since it has no relation with them.
He said it is now imperative to free BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail to save the country and its people from ‘misrule’.
About the ruling party leader Mahbubul Alam Hanif’s remark about seeking presidential clemency by Khaleda, Fakhrul said their chairperson did not commit any such crime for which she needs to seek clemency.
Dhaka, Aug 12 (UNB) – Jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia passed around two hours with her relatives, including her two granddaughters, and took homemade food they brought for her at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on the Eid day on Monday.
Party sources said six relatives of the BNP chief with some cooked food, new clothes and flowers entered BSMMU cabin-621, where she is receiving treatment, around 1:30pm.
Sharmila Rahman Sithi, wife of Khaleda’s late son Arafat Rahman Koko, Sithi’s two daughters Zahia Rahman and Zaifa Rahman, Khaleda’s brother Shamim Iskandar, his wife Kaniz Fatema and son Ovik Iskandar met her.
They came out of the cabin around 3:30pm.
Coming out of the hospital, Khaleda’s relatives said she was very happy to see her two granddaughters -- Zahia and Zaifa.
She adored them and embraced them after they took her blessings touching her feet, they said.
The BNP chief’s physical condition is not good as she cannot walk without the help of anyone else, they said.
Khaleda was taken to the BSMMU from jail on April 1 last for treatment.
On February 8, 2018, Khaleda was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years' rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Khaleda has been staying at the jail with her domestic help Fatema Begum.
With this, the BNP chairperson has spent six Eids in jail.
The BNP chief earlier had celebrated Eid twice in jail after her arrest by the army-backed caretaker government after the 1/11 political changeover in 2007.
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.