BNP will stage rallies in the capital and other divisional cities across the country on December 10, marking the International Human Rights Day.
Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the announcement at a press briefing at its Nayapaltan central office on Monday.
“We’ve taken various programmes on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day expressing our solidarity with its spirit,” he said.
As part of the programmes, the BNP leader said they will bring out a rally in the capital at 11am on December 10.
He said their party’s all divisional city units will stage similar programme the same day on the occasion.
The Human Rights Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world marking the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10 in 1948.
Rizvi said their chairperson Khaleda Zia has long been deprived of her rights of getting bail from the court due to the government’s ‘foul play’.
He also alleged that the government is harassing Khaleda Zia in ‘false and fabricated’ cases by establishing its ‘control’ over the law enforcement agencies and the judiciary.
“People won’t accept any more the harassment of Khaleda Zia. “We call upon the government not to obstruct her bail process. Take steps to free her immediately and thus allow her to receive treatment at a hospital of her choice,” he added.
Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Sunday said though BNP is now talking much about political repression, it unleashed immense repression against Jatiya Party in the past.
“Those who now talk more about torture in politics were the ones who tortured Jatiya Party much,” he said.
GM Quader came up with the remarks while speaking at a meeting of Jatiya Party Presidium members at its chairman’s Gulshan office.
Since its foundation, he said, Jatiya Party was the biggest political party in the country till 1990. “But after 1990, inhuman torture was unleashed on Jatiya Party leaders and activists by attacking their processions, implicating them in cases and enforcing section 144 on their programmes.”
Quader said BNP could not weaken Jatiya Party through repression. “But Jatiya Party has been weakened due to the conspiracy and splits.”
He urged the party leaders and activists to remain alert so that no one can split Jatiya Party further by hatching any plot.
Stating that Jatiya Party is one of the three major parties in the country, Quader said the country’s people want it to get stronger further. “People want a change, and they think it’s Jatiya Party which can ensure the good governance.”
He said their party will do politics to fulfill the expectations of people and ensure their betterment.
As part of the party’s move to strengthen its organisational capacity, Jatiya Party has decided to hold its national council on December 28 next.
The council will be held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital.
Party presidium members finalised the decision at a meeting held at Jatiya Party Chairman’s Banani office on Sunday, said a press release.
Besides, they decided that Jatiya Party will participate in the by-election to Chattogram-8 constituency.
The meeting unanimously nominated party Presidium member Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu as its candidate to contest the by-election.
Chattogram-8 (Chandgaon-Boalkhali) seat fell vacant following the death of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader Moinuddin Khan Badal, MP.
Badal, also a freedom fighter, died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in India on November 7.
The by-election will be held on January 13 next as per the schedule announced by the Election Commission on Sunday.
Jatiya Party Presidium Member Salma Islam, MP (reserved seat) has been made the party’s Dhaka district unit president.
Party chairman GM Quader came up with the announcement at the council of the party’s unit on Saturday.
He asked Salma to constitute a full-fledged committee of the unit by the next 10 days.
Speaking at the programme, GM Quader said people want to see Jatiya Party as an alternative force. “Jatiya Party is now the most accepted party among the country's three major political parties.”
He also said people expect that Jatiya party will be strengthened further to take the country forward by returning to power.
Jatiya Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga, presidium members Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, Syed Abu Hossain Babla and SM Faisal Chisti were, among others, present at the programme.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that ministers are exposing their ‘lordship’ attitude by issuing threats to give a fitting reply if BNP holds any political programme.
Speaking at a discussion, he also said the government is making fun of people having failed to control the soaring prices of essentials.
“The ministers of Awami League have been saying for a few days that they won’t accept (BNP’s) programmes and give a befitting reply. You’ve been doing politics for a long time resorting to such threats. They can’t tolerate anyone. They hold a lordship mentality,” he said.
The BNP leader also said the ruling party leaders consider themselves as the masters of the country’s people out of their vanity of power.
National People’s Party (NPP) arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Fakhrul said their party and alliances never believe in terrorism as they do liberal democratic politics. “We want to do politics in political way and also want to change the government with the same path. This government is like a terrorist, and it’s creating barriers to democratic practices to hang onto power by suppressing people.”
He said though their party is not allowed to hold any rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, the ruling party and its associate bodies are doing so regularly at the venue. “Their month-long programme is being held at Suhrawardy Udyan spending crores of taka.”
The BNP leader urged the leaders of their party and the alliance partners to go to villages and localities across the country instead of doing indoor programmes to mobilise public support against the government. “It’s time for forging unity. We must unite the entire nation against the misrule of the current despotic and fascist government.”
He criticised the government for what he said its failure to rein in essential prices, including that of onion, salt and rice. “Our Food Minister said there’s a huge pressure on the rice market as people now used to eat fine rice. Such remark is nothing, but a mockery.”
As the Supreme Court sought report on Khaleda’s health condition, Fakhrul urged the medical board of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to submit an authentic report before the apex court on December 5. “We want the truth, nothing else.”
On Thursday, the Appellate Division deferred the hearing on Khaleda’s bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case till December 5.
The court also asked the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University to place Khaleda’s health reports before it by December 5.