Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNB) – BNP and its associate bodies will observe the 8th death anniversary of its former secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain on Saturday.
The party has taken various programmes, including placing wreaths at his grave, offering fateha there and holding a mild mahfil, in observance of the death anniversary.
Besides, Khandaker Delwar Hossain Smriti Parishad and Manikganj unit BNP will also mark the day amid various programmes.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir along with some other party’s central leaders will offer fateha and place wreaths at Delwar’s grave in Manikganj’s Pachuria on Saturday.
They will also join a mild mahfil at the late BNP leader’s Manikganj residence after Zonhr prayers.
A mild mahfil will also be held at the party’s Nayapaltan central office at 12pm.
Besides, Khandaker Delwar Hossain Smriti Parishad is scheduled to hold a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club on Monday on the occasion.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul issued a message on Friday recalling Delwar’s contributions to the party and his role after 1/11 political changeover in foiling various plots against BNP.
Born in Manikganj on February 1, 1933, Delwar was elected MP for four times and became Chief Whip of Jatiya Sangsad. A valiant freedom fighter, Delwar had been involved with BNP politics since its birth.
Moments before she was sent to jail, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had nominated Delwar the party secretary general expelling Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan in 2007 during the rule of army-backed caretaker government.
He was also elected party secretary general in the party’s 5th national council on December 8, 2009.
Delwar died of old-age complications at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on March 16, 2011.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) – BNP senior leader and former president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal Shamsuzzaman Dudu on Thursday said ex-student leaders are thinking to announce a programme like long march towards Dhaka University (DU) demanding reelection to Ducsu.
Speaking at a discussion, he, also expressed solidarity with the demonstrating DU students demanding cancellation of March 11 Ducsu polls.
“Dhaka University is our dream place. We won’t accept your (VC’s) any whimsical decision about the university. We the former student leaders, including ex-Ducsu VPs and GSs, are in consultation about announcing action programmes. If necessary, we’ll stage a long march towards the university,” Dudu said.
He said the Dhaka University VC must say as to why such a ‘questionable’ election was held in Ducsu, destroying the university’s dignity and reputation.
Elections to Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) and its hall unions were held on Monday, after long 28 years, with the participation of major student bodies.
All but Bangladesh Chhatra League rejected the election results bringing allegations of irregularities, and demanded reelection.
Dudu, a BNP vice chairman, said it will be tantamount to denial of truth if it is called election what happened on Monday at Dhaka University. “We were students and participated in Ducsu elections, but such irregularities did not happen. We extend our full support to those students observing hunger strike demanding reelections to Ducsu.”
He urged the DU authorities to accept the demands of the students for reelection.
Meanwhile, pro-BNP doctors’ body, Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB), formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding proper treatment of ailing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Speaking at the programme, the DAB leaders urged the government to free Khaleda Zia immediately and take steps for admitting her to United Hospital as her health condition is deteriorating every day.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) – Gono Forum on Thursday threatened to wage a movement if the government does not back off its move to hike gas tariffs.
In a statement, party President Dr Kamal Hossain and General Secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu also termed irrational the proposal for hiking the gas prices.
“Action programmes will be announced if the deception in the name of public hearing and the efforts to raise the gas tariffs in the interest of LNG businessmen are not stopped,” the statement said.
The Gono Forum leaders also said people’s cost of living will go up and people’s lives, production in factories and development of the country will be hampered if the gas prices are increased further.
The industries and factories and the transport system will be at stake if the gas tariffs are hiked. It will also have a bad impact on the prices of daily essentials and transportation cost, they observed.
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) held a four-day long public hearing on proposals for raising gas prices since Monday
During the hearing, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, Sundarban Gas Company Ltd, Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company, and Jalalabad Gas Distribution Company placed identical proposals for hiking the gas tariffs.
Dhaka, Mar 13 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Wednesday alleged that Awami League is trying to annihilate its opponents having failed to face them politically.
“Those who usurped power have now got unnerved losing self-confidence. They’re now trying to destroy their opponents without facing them politically,” he said.
Khosru, a BNP standing committee member, came up with the allegation while speaking at a discussion arranged by Bangladesh Jatiya Dal at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 13th imprisonment day of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman.
He alleged that Awami League has lost its capability to compete with BNP in politics as their party has now become stronger by facing political adversities. “Our leaders and activists have proved their dedication to the party by making huge sacrifices over the last 10 years.”
The BNP leader opposed the government’s move to increase the gas tariffs and said the public hearing on gas power hike is a big ‘deception’. “The gas tariffs are being raised in the name of public hearing. What can be more treacherous act than it?”
He said people are struggling to adjust the current prices of commodities and utility services as their purchasing capacity and real income have declined over the last 10 years.
Khosru said the government has taken the move to hike the gas tariffs without thinking the sufferings of people since it has no accountability.
Dhaka, Mar 13 (UNB) – BNP has expelled 16 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 Wednesday said 16 party leaders in six districts -- Narail, Rangpur, Chandpur, Moulvibazar, Kishoreganj and Chapainawabganj -- were also stripped off their primary memberships.
They are Narail BNP vice president Ashok Kumar Kunda, assistant organising secretary Saleha Begum, Lohagara upazila general secretary Asaduzzaman, Rangpur’s Pirgachha Upazila organising secretary Farhad Hossain Anu, Chandpur Mohila Dal assistant general secretary Rebeka Sultana, Moulvibazar’s Juri Upazila member Ajibun Khanam, Barlekha Upazila publicity affairs secretary Abdul Quddus Swapan, Mohila Dal member Amena Begum Dolly, Kishoreganj Mohila Dal assistant organising secretary Asma Begum, its member Kamrunnahar Luna, Tarail Upazila vice president Abul Kashem, Nikli Upazila women affairs secretary Rekha Akhter, Bhairab Upazila Jubo Dal general secretary Al Mamun, Chapainawabganj vice president Babar Ali Biswas, Bholahat Upazila Mohila Dal members Resmatul Araj Rekha and Shahnaj Khatun.
With these fresh ones, the party has so far expelled 125 grassroots leaders over the last one month for joining the upazila elections as independent candidates breaching the party’s decision.