Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) - BNP on Sunday chalked out a seven-day programme, including staging a colourful rally in the capital, to celebrate the Independence Day.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programmes at the party’s Nayapaltan central office after a joint meeting of the leaders of BNP and its associate bodies.
As part of the programmes, he said, they will bring out an Independence Day rally from their Nayapaltan central office on March 27.
Besides, he said, their party’s district, upazila and municipality units across the country will also take out rallies at their convenient time.
Fakhrul said BNP senior leaders will place wreaths at the National Mausoleum in Savar in the morning on March 26. Later, they will place wreaths at the mazar of late BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Banglanagar in the capital, marking the day.
He said BNP will hoist national and party flags atop its offices, including the Nayapaltan central one, in the morning on the occasion. The party office will also be illuminated.
Fakhrul said their party will hold a discussion on March 25 either at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh or Mohanagar Natya Mancha on the occasion.
BNP vice chairmen Shamsuzzaman Dudu, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretaries general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Khairul Kabir Khokon and other leaders of the party and its associate bodies took part in the meeting held with Fakhrul in the chair.
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Saturday hailed the Bangladesh part of US State Department’s annual country report on human rights practices, saying it revealed what is there on people’s mind.
“The (US) report spoke people’s mind. It represented what Bangladeshi people are holding in their mind. The entire world has now realised what actually happened in Bangladesh,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with the newly-formed convening committee members of Agriculturists Association of Bangladesh.
The US 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released on March 13 said unlawful or political killings, forced disappearances, life-threatening prison conditions, freedom of speech limitations, negative government pressure on and fear of reprisal by press and media, and impunity for security force abuses were the most significant human rights problems in Bangladesh last year.
On elections and political participation, the report termed the December-30 parliamentary elections “lopsided” and said it was considered to be marred by irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.
Khosru, a BNP standing committee member, said the US report also manifested the deep worry of the global democratic countries about the Bangladesh’s current situation.
He said all the democratic countries are agreed with the US report’s observations about Bangladesh’s 11th parliamentary election.
The BNP leader also claimed that the international community wants the December-30 election to be annulled.
Khosru said the US report presented the true senior of Bangladesh’s human right situation, the rule of law, judiciary and culture of impunity.
He said Bangladesh’s image in the international arena is being dented seriously due to the prevailing situation of the country. “The entire nation must get united to overcome it.”
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) – BNP has expelled 18 more of its grassroots leaders for their move to contest the upcoming upazila elections violating the party's decision.
A BNP press release signed by its assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu on Saturday said 18 party leaders in three districts -- Chattogram, Pirojpur and Dinajpur -- were also stripped off their primary memberships.
They are Chattogram’s Hathazari upazila BNP leader Syed Mostafa Alam Masum, Pirojpur’s Indurkani upazila leader Faizul Kabir Talukder, Nazirpur upazila Mohila Dal general secretary Selina Begum, Nesarabad upazila Mohila Dal president Jahanara Begum, Dinajpur Mohila Dal joint general secretaries Firoza Begum, Akhtara Chowdhury, Parbatipur upazila Mohila Dla general secretary Sahida Khatun, Fulbari upazila Mohila Dal general secretary Hasna Begum, Birampur upazila joint general secretary Delwar Hossain, organising secretary Monjur Rashid Ratan, its Mohila Dal general secretary Umme Kulsum Banu, Municipality unit organising secretary Abdul Hye, Nawabganj upazila Mohila Dal president Lipi Begum, assistant Mohila Dal affairs secretary Shabana Begum, Kaharole upazila Jubo Dal joint secretary Habibur Rahman Habi, Khansama upazila BNP member ATM Sujauddin, Hakimpur upazila Mohila Dal president Parul Nahar and Municipality unit organising secretary Wahidur Rahman Ripon.
With these fresh ones, the party has so far expelled around 142 grassroots leaders over the last one month for joining the upazila elections as independent candidates breaching the party’s decision.
Manikganj, Mar 16 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said their party has been passing through a critical juncture due to the current government’s ‘misrule’.
“BNP has been going through a critical time since our chairperson Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail in false cases due to a plot by the government which imposed misrule on people by usurping power,” he said.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing a wreath at the grave of former BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain in the district’s Pachuria, marking the eight death anniversary of the late leader.
To overcome the current situation, the BNP leader said they are now working to reorganise their party.
He said their party will intensify their movement for ensuring the release of Khaleda Zia from jail and restoring people’s lost rights.
“We’ll dislodge the current fascist and autocratic regime through a movement together with people,” the BNP leader said.
Fakhrul said their party is proud of being the full member of Asia Pacific Democrat Union (APDU), and hoped that the organisation will play a positive role in ‘restoring’ democracy in Bangladesh.
BNP’s status was upgraded from associate to full membership at a meeting of the APDU Council in Colombo on Friday while Fakhrul was elected one of the three vice-chairmen of the organisation.
Fakhrul recalled Khandaker Delwar’s role in keeping the party organised during the 1/11 political changeover.
The BNP secretary general along with party’s joint secretaries general Khandaker Mahbubuddin Khokon and Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal reached Pachuria around 1:30 pm.
They together with local BNP leaders placed a wreath at Delwar’s grave and offered fateha there on the occasion.
Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been elected one of the three vice-chairmen of Asia Pacific Democrat Union (APDU) as the organisation gave BNP its full membership.
At a meeting of the APDU Council held in Colombo on Friday, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected chairman of the union while New Zealand National Party President Peter Goodfellow Deputy Chairman, Mirza Fakhrul told UNB.
Two other elected vice-chairmen of the organisation are Tenzin Khangsar (Canada) and Hassan Latheef (Maldives).
Teena McQueen (Australia) was elected APDU Treasurer while Bruce Edwards (Australia) Executive Secretary.
Fakhrul said the APDU member states elected the seven-member office-bearers through direct vote.
On behalf of BNP, its international affairs secretary Humayun Kabir joined the meeting.
“BNP applied for being a member of APDU nearly a year back as we were its associate member. The meeting of the APDU Council upgraded BNP’s status from associate to full membership,” Fakhrul said.
From Bangladesh, he said, only BNP was made the member of APDU, an international association of member parties close to the International Democratic Union.