Denouncing the nasty attack on Ghoraghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Wahida Khanam, BNP on Friday said it is an ominous sign for the country.
In a statement, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also questioned how the public life and property are safe in the country when a UNO has to fight for life after getting seriously injured by terrorists.
UNO Wahida Khanam was seriously injured in an attack by miscreants at her home on the Ghoraghat Upazila Parishad premises early Thursday. Her father Omar Ali was also injured in the gruesome attack.
She was airlifted from Rangpur to Dhaka, and admitted to the National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka.
"The brutal and demonic terrorist attack on a upazila level top government official like Wahida Khanam has exposed once again the current government has turned the country into a failed state. It has no moral ground to run the state,” Fakhrul said.
The BNP leader alleged that the government wants to prolong its power by resorting to terrorism. “The opposition parties and their opinions are being suppressed in a gory way. Now government officials are also being subjected to their (ruling party’s) brutality.”
He said the miscreants are getting encouraged to indulge in crimes with the way the current government has been carrying out extrajudicial killings, including that of retired army officer Major Sinha, ever since it has come to power.
“Ghoraghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer would not have been attacked had the miscreants, no matter who they are, been brought under the law and punished earlier,” Fakhrul observed.
Stating that the law-and-order situation in the country has now deteriorated badly, he said the government vicious agenda is on with the pampering of criminals all over the country to cover up the unfair and nefarious activities like murder, attack, money laundering, human trafficking, looting, tender manipulation and grabbing. “Ghoraghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer Wahida Khanam is the latest victim of such acts.”
The BNP leader said terrorism is now widespread as the government is running the country in the ‘Nazi’ style by ‘abolishing’ the rule of law and ‘burying’ democracy. “Inspired by the ideology of corruption and terrorism, this government is spreading the venomous stem of unrest all over the country.”
“We don’t know any language to condemn the brutal attack on UNO Wahida Khanam and her father. The incident of seriously injuring Wahida Khanam through a vicious attack is undoubtedly an ominous sign for the state,” Fakhrul said.
He demanded the immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.
The BNP leader conveyed his profound sympathy to the family members and relatives of Wahida Khanam. “I wish Wahida Khanam and her father Omar Ali a speedy recovery."
BNP on Wednesday alleged that the current Awami League government is 'implementing the agenda of imperialists as it has become their puppet'.
“The current government has turned into a puppet of hegemony. They’re only implementing the agenda of the imperialists here,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He said, “It’s our goal to establish a truly public representative government removing the current puppet one by organising people. Let's all work together to achieve this goal.”
BNP arranged the programme marking the imprisonment day of party chairperson Khaleda Zia by the army-led caretaker government in 2007.
Fakhrul said Khaleda Zia has still huge popularity among people due to her immense contributions to democracy. “We’ve seen how people greeted her standing beside roads on her way to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar (before her jailing). People are still with her. I believe that if we can organise people and take to the streets with them, we will be able to unset the undemocratic regime.”
He said a vested quarter with the help of some foreign diplomats hatched a plot against BNP in 2007 to remove it from power.
The BNP leader said the army-led caretaker government came to power during the 1/11 in 2007 as part of that plot and ruled the country unlawfully for two years before bringing Awami League to power through a ‘conspiratorial’ election.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was arrested on September 2, 2007 after the 1/11 political changeover. BNP has been observing the day of her imprisonment since then.
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Speaking at the programme, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the 1/11 government has come to depoliticise the country. “They had also an aim to destroy democracy in the country and remove Khaleda Zia from politics.”
He said the way ‘Moyeenuddin-Fakhruddin’ government was in power unconstitutionally by force, the current government is also in power the same way. “It is depriving people of their rights, obliterating democracy and throwing the country into a dark hole.”
The BNP leader said they must take to the streets revitalising the party rank and file to get rid of the current situation of the country.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said the foundation of the Awami League government was laid during the unlawful regime of Moyeenuddin-Fakhruddin. “The current government now ruling the country as the continuation of the undemocratic governance of Moyeenuddin-Fakhruddin regime”
He said their party must free Khaleda fully from jail to lead people in the movement for the ‘restoration’ of democracy and their rights.
BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, standing committee members, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Selima Rahman and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, among others, spoke at the programme.
BNP on Wednesday alleged that people are facing a very tough time now as a 'silent famine' has been prevailing in the country due to the fallouts of coronavirus and floods.
“People are going through a very difficult and suffocating situation now due to misrule. On one hand, people are being oppressed and exploited by the despotic regime, the coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on them on the other,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He said, “A silent famine has been prevailing in the country amid the screams of people who have lost their all belongings due to floods in different districts. But the prices of daily essentials, including rice, pulses, flour, oil and green chilly, are increasing uncontrollably, putting the country into a terrible danger.”
The BNP leader made the remarks at a virtual press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
He said the government is least bothered about the public sufferings as it is busy ‘eliminating’ its opponents through a ‘repressive and vindictive’ policy.
Rizvi alleged that the ruling party has launched false propaganda against Zia family to mislead the new generation and make a narrow political gain.
He urged the government to try to gain the confidence of the people coming out of the politics of lies, vengeance and deception.
Rizvi said the ruling party leaders used to spread lies against their political opponents as they have no success to project before people.
Meanwhile, BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy urged their party leaders and activists to get ready to unseat the current government at any cost to save the nation from ‘misrule’ and repressive acts.
"We’re being repressed, and we won’t get rid of it as long as this regime remains in power. Those who are in office by force will have to be removed from power by force. This is a historical fact,” he told a discussion.
Dhaka district unit BNP arranged the programme at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, marking the party’s 42nd founding anniversary.
Gayeshwar warned their party leaders that they will not get success in the movement against the current government unless they change their escaping attitude.
“Change your mentality and take a strong resolve that you won’t hesitate even to die for resorting democracy. If we can do it, we'll be able to get success and free Khaleda Zia,” he added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday stressed the need for constituting all the committees of Awami League at the grassroots level where their councils were held before the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to make the party stronger.
"We’ve to make our party stronger…many committees couldn’t be constituted due to COVID-19, but their councils were held and steps should be taken to make the committees," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing the Secretaries' meeting of the ruling Awami League at the party’s central office at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue. She joined the meeting virtually from Ganobhaban.
She asked the secretaries of the central committee to discharge their specific duties with sincerity and requested them to go through the election manifesto, economic policy of the party and discuss those.
Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of the ruling Awami League, asked them to find out how many pledges of the party have been implemented and how many can be fulfilled in the coming days.
"If you go through your own subjects, we’ll be able to go a longer way."
Talking about the government-declared Tk 1.03 trillion stimulus packages for various sectors to offset the COVID-19 shock, she said trade and commerce along with development programmes in the country have been able to operate properly due this.
Hasina said the government is constructing 100 economic zones across the country for creating scopes for investment.
The AL chief asked her party central leaders to take care of the economic planning of the government and development programmes across the country so that these could be implemented properly.
"We’ve to do what Bangladesh needs for its betterment and how the people of the country will be in good shape. Because, our works and thinking are pro-people. I hope that all will perform their respective duties with sincerity," she said.
Talking about some by-elections to be held in the coming days, Hasina said as per surveys trust and belief still there in Awmi League as votes for the party in all areas are much higher.
She laid emphasis on remaining united in the coming days so that the party-nominated candidates can win the elections.
About former president of India Pranab Mukherjee’s demise, she said he was a great friend of Bangladesh and the country has lost a trusted friend at his death.
Hasina said Bangladesh is observing a one-day mourning showing respect to this great politician.
Praising the leaders and workers of her party, she said they stood beside the common people in this corona crisis as it is the culture of Awami League to work for humanity.
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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday urged their party leaders to take a vow to overcome the challenge of ‘restoring’ democracy at any cost adopting a time-befitting political strategy.
“The world politics is now changing. The situation is not the same as it’s in 1971 and in 1975. We must work out a time-worthy right strategy realising the global political context in 2020 and move forward in a democratic way to establish democratic politics,” he said.
The BNP leader said, “It’s true that there’s no alternative to a movement. But we’ve to find out the ways of making it a success through discussions. Let’s take a vow on the day of our founding anniversary that we’ll face the challenge of restoring democracy and freeing Khaleda Zia at any cost.”
He made the remarks at a virtual discussion arranged by BNP marking its 42nd founding anniversary.
As their party remains out of power for nearly 13 years, Fakhrul urged BNP leaders and activists not to get frustrated. “There’s no scope for us to become disappointed. The entire nation has entrusted BNP with the responsibility for restoring democracy and people’s lost rights. We’ll have to do it.”
The BNP leader said their party must free Khaleda Zia from jail to get back democracy. "For the sake of democracy, she is now under house arrest. She has undoubtedly made immense sacrifices for democracy, people and the country’s independence and sovereignty.”
Referring to Prime Minister’s remarks involving Zia with the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, he said the ruling party is trying to malign their party founder before the new generation by bringing such ‘false’ allegations. “Maligning Ziaur Rahman means undermining the country’s Liberation War, and there’s no scope to take the matter lightly.”
He said the government is trying to divert people’s attention to a different direction from its failures to deliver on all fronts and tackle coronavirus by involving Zia with the August 15.
BNP Standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said Bangladesh is now facing two disasters--coronavirus and 'Awami corruption'.
He said the ruling party leaders have indulged in serious corruption amid the coronavirus in the name of procuring kits and tackling the situation as there is no democracy and accountability in the country. “It can’t be continued in a country which was liberated based on the spirit of democracy.”
Mosharraf said BNP has to take the major responsibility of bringing back democracy. “The country must be freed from the hands of this government by uniting all the nationalist and democratic forces and uniting people.”
BNP standing committee member Moudud said Awami League has established an authoritarian one-party rule based on lies. “They’re continuously spreading lies against BNP as they don’t find anything to criticise BNP unless they resort to lies.”
He said the Prime Minister and her party leaders are trying to involve Zia with the August-15 only to misguide people and give the new generation a false impression about BNP.
Describing the current Health Ministry as a ‘worthless one, he said it is hiding the information of corona infections and fatalities having failed to tackle the situation.
Moudud said there is no alternative to waging a strong movement uniting people to remove the current ‘despotic’ regime and restore healthy politics in the country.
BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, standing committee members Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Selima Rahman and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, among others, spoke at the programme.