Dhaka, Jun 11 (UNB) - The leaders of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate bodies on Tuesday greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of her release from prison.
They greeted the prime minister by presenting her with bouquets at her official residence Ganobhaban.
The Awami League chief was arrested from her Sudha Sadan residence at Dhanmondi on July 16, 2007 during the military-backed caretaker government.
On this day in 2008, conceding to the people’s spontaneous and repeated demands and pressure from different quarters, the caretaker government was compelled to release Sheikh Hasina from the special sub-jail set up on the premises of the Jatiya Sangsad Building.
Senior Awami League leaders first greeted Sheikh Hasina by handing over a bouquet to her followed by the leaders of associate organisations of the party.
The senior AL leaders included Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Begum Matia Chowdhury, Obaidul Quader, Advocate Sahara Khatun and Abdul Matin Khashru.
Besides, Dr Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Dr Hasan Mahmud, BM Mozammel Haque, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Barrister Mohibul Haque Chowdhury Nowfel, SM Rezaul Karim, Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Habibur Rahman Siraj, Mirza Azam, Advocate Quamrul Islam, Barrister Biplab Barua and Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokan were present.
Later, leaders of Dhaka North City AL, Dhaka South City AL, Awami Jubo League, Chhatra League, Sechchasebak League, Jatiya Sramik League, Krishak League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League and Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad greeted the prime minister by presenting her with bouquets separately.
Dhaka, June 11 (UNB) – A group of leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) unlocked the main gate of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office after an 11-hour demonstration on Tuesday demanding cancellation of the party’s directives about age limit in forming its new committee.
The demonstrators reopened the BNP office around 10pm.
“We’ve postponed our protest programme for a day. We hope the party will accept our demands,” said JCD leader Asaduzzaman who was leading the demonstrators.
Earlier in the day, several hundred leaders and activists of the recently-dissolved JCD central committee gathered in front of the party office around 11am and started demonstration there. At one stage, they locked the main gate and continued their protest programme.
The protesters chanted slogans in favour of their demand for cancellation of the age limit.
The demonstrators of JCD, BNP’s student body, also demanded the cancellation of the announcement about dissolving their central committee.
They said they want BNP to form a short-term JCD committee without keeping any age ceiling.
The protestors also snapped the power connection to the BNP office around 12:50pm.
As some ex-JCD leaders, including Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Amanullah Aman, Fazlul Haq Milon, Shaheeduddin Chowdhury Anne, ABM Mosharraf Hossain, Shafiul Bari Babu came to the spot, the protestors engaged in argument with them and barred them from entering the office.
Ailing BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and some other party leaders were staying inside the office.
A group of demonstrators entered the BNP office around 3:55 pm and drove out some BNP and JCD leaders from there, and restored power connection to the office.
They also beat up a JCD leader, Rabiul Islam Nayan.
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was receiving treatment inside the office at that time as he fell sick.
Two BNP standing committee members--Mirza Abbas and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy-- came to the BNP office in the evening to visit Rizvi.
The protesters allowed them entering the office.
Coming out of the office, Abbas said the JCD men are staging demonstration out of their huff, and the problem will be resolved soon.
Meanwhile, some ex-JCD leaders contacted party acting chairman Tarique Rahman through videoconferencing at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office seeking his directives to resolve the problem.
Later in the evening, a delegation of the demonstrators went to the Gulshan office to contact Tarique.
They came out of the BNP chief’s office around 9:30pm and reopened the BNP central office upon Torque’s assurance of resolving the problem.
The protesters also visited ailing Rizvi at the office.
On June 3, the central committee of BNP’s student body Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was dissolved.
A BNP press release, signed by Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, said a new JCD committee will be formed within the next 45 days based on the opinions of its councillors.
It said those who will contest election for different posts of JCD will have to be primary members, students of any educational institution of Bangladesh and must pass SSC and equivalent examination after 2000.
On October 14, 2014, JCD’s last committee was formed making Rajib Ahsan its president and Akramul Hasan its general secretary.
Dhaka, Jun 10 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront will forge a greater unity with all the pro-liberation and anti-government political parties to wage a strong movement for the ‘restoration’ of democracy.
“We’ll forge a greater unity. We’ll continue our movement for the restoration of democracy and free people from the hands of autocrat by creating a greater unity of all the pro-liberation and anti-government political parties,” said Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of Oikyafront’s steering committee on Monday evening at his Uttara residence.
Rob said they will hold their next meeting under the leadership of their convener Dr Kamal Hossain to take a political decision for launching a strong and united anti-government movement.
“We’ve adjourned our meeting as our top leader Dr Kamal Hossain is sick. We’ll work out their next course of action and strategy in the next meeting to be held with Kamal Hossain in the chair,” the JSD president said.
He said their meeting voiced concern over the life and security of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia as a bomb was recovered from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University where she has been undergoing treatment since April 1 last.
The Oikyafront leader said several thousand opposition leaders and activists are still in jail while lakhs of others are facing ‘false’ cases. “Our movement will continue until Khaleda Zia and our leaders and activists are not freed.”
Asked about Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) president Abdul Kader Siddiqui’s ultimatum to quit Oikyafront, Rob said their unity is not of any party or individual. “This is the unity of people and the nation and it’ll remain intact.”
Kader Siddiqui said he gave Oikyafront until June 8 to remove the inconsistencies from the alliance, but he still did not get any reply.
“We discussed many things for a long time in a cordial manner today. But our meeting has been dissolved without taking any decision as our veteran leader (Kamal) is sick,” he said.
The KSJL president said he will give the alliance further time to give him a reply and remove the inconsistencies from the alliance. “If the problems are resolved, we’ll sincerely carry out our struggle. We also want a greater national unity. But the foundation of the national unity is not yet become strong.”
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Gonoforum executive presidents Prof Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury, general secretary Reza Kibria, JSD general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury were, among others, present at the meeting.
Dhaka, Jun 9 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark about its acting chairman Tarique Rahman is ‘devoid of political etiquette’.
“What the Prime Minister said at her press conference about Tarique Rahman is devoid of political norms. She has exposed her political vengeance with her comments,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Talking to reporters after the Prime Minister’s press conference, he also denounced Sheikh Hasina’s comments on Tarique.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister reaffirmed that the punishment BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman was given by court in different cases will surely be executed.
Sheikh Hasina came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at her official residence Ganobhaban about the outcome of her recent tri-nation visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland.
Replying to a question by a journalist about the update over government efforts to bring Tarique back home, the Prime Minister said, “I hate to take this name.”
The PM also came down hard on a section of people who shed crocodile tears for Tarique forgetting the misdeeds he committed when BNP was in power.
Reacting to the PM’s comment comments, Fakhrul said in healthy politics no one should make such remarks against a political opponent. “The Prime Minister should refrain from making such remarks.”
Tarique, who was declared a fugitive by Bangladesh courts, has been sentenced up to life in jail in several cases, including that of money laundering, corruption and August-21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally.
On September 11, 2008, Tarique Rahman went to London for treatment, and he has been living with his family there since then.
He was arrested on March 7, 2007 during the army-backed caretaker government and later released on parole on September 3, 2008.
Dhaka, June 9 (UNB) – Voicing deep concern over the rise in the incidents of ‘killing and rape’, BNP on Sunday said the country is now passing through an ‘awful and dangerous’ situation.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also criticised Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud for what he said giving ‘false’ statement involving BNP with a patrol bomb-like object found at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib University (BSMMU).
“People at home and abroad know Bangladesh is now going through a dark phase of democracy where fair election and freedom of expression have got disappeared. The country is now seeing widespread incidents of killing, rape and extrajudicial killing,” he said.
Referring to media reports, the BNP leader said 41 children were raped in the first eight days of May while five people are being subjected to extrajudicial killing every day on average.
He alleged that though the growing incidents of killing and rape created an outcry on the social media, the government is hardly bothered about it. “Rather, the ruling party offenders are getting spared. The country is now passing through a dangerous and dreadful situation.”
Rizvi said though no one can enter the BSMMU’s administrative building without the government’s permission, the Information Minister is finding out BNP’s link with the recovery of the petrol bomb-like object from there. “Awami League leaders are very experts in hiding their plot resorting to blatant lies.”
According to media reports, a petrol bomb-like object was found in front of the registrar's room at BSMMU administrative building on Thursday. Khaleda Zia has been receiving treatment at BSMMU’s Cabin Block since April 1 last.
Talking to reporters at his Chattogram residence on Saturday, the information minister said it should be investigate whether BNP has any connection with bomb like object found at the BSMMU since the party activists are very familiar with patrol bomb.
In a counter attack, Rizvi said it is Awami League which has introduced the petrol bomb culture in the country. “The Information Minister’s comment over the issue is regrettable. His remarks have only exposed the government’s conspiracy against Khaleda Zia.”