Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – BNP brought out a torch procession in the city’s Elephant Road area on Tuesday evening demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Over a hundred leaders and activists of Dhanmondi thana unit BNP took out the procession, led by party Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, at Science Laboratory crossing after Magrib prayers and concluded it at Elephant Road’s Bata crossing.
In a brief address before the procession, Rizvi said they have brought out the procession seeking their chairperson’s release from jail. “The current illegal government has unfairly kept Khaleda Zia in jail. They not only imprisoned a leader, but also democracy.”
He said democracy and people’s rights will be ‘restored’ in the country with the release of Khaleda Zia. “We demand the government immediately free our leader (Khaleda) from jail.”
On October 14, the party brought out a similar procession in the city’s Nayapaltan area to press home their demand for the release of the BNP chief.
Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both the cases are ‘politically motivated’.
She has been receiving treatment at the BSMMU since April 1 last.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) - Jubo League chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury has been relieved of his duties.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader confirmed the development while talking to the media outside Ganobhaban on Sunday evening.
On October 3, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit asked all banks and financial institutions to send information related to the bank accounts of Faruk within three working days.
Before that, Bangladesh Bank froze the accounts of Faruk and some other top Jubo League leaders after a crackdown on casinos was launched.
Dhaka, Oct 19 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain wondered over the desire of Jagannath University VC Mijanur Rahman to take the charge of Jubo League, saying he wants to “do it to indulge in plundering”.
“I’ve seen in newspapers that Jagannath University VC Mijanur Rahman announced to quit his post if he is given the charge of Jubo League. I’ve got stunned seeing such news. Shame on him!” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “Why does he want to do it? It’s possible to run casinos and indulge in tender (manipulation), and there’s a scope to plunder thousands of crore taka after taking the charge of Jubo League. Just think about it… what has become the goal of a vice chancellor?”
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Khaleda Zia Mukti Parishad at the Jatiya Press Club, demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.
According to media reports, Mijanur Rahman on Friday said he is willing to resign from the post of Jagannath University's VC if he is given the charge of Jubo League to bring the ruling party youth wing back on the right track.
Mosharraf, also a former teacher of Dhaka University, said it is unfortunate that a university VC wants to be the head of a political parity’s associate body. “The VC wants to be the chief of a party’s associate body which has earned bad name for corruption and extortion, tender manipulation. What can be the more glaring example than it about the social degradation?”
He also said Jahangir Nagar University VC reportedly gave Chhatra League Tk 1.80 core as eid gift. “Does she (JU VC) have a ‘money tree’ or a ‘money-making machine’?"
The BNP leader said the country’s every sector started rotting as the country is run by a government which is not ‘elected’ by people.
He also said the government has no accountability to people as it has annihilated democracy to prolong its power.
Mosharraf said evil activities like extortion, corruption, repression and casino business cannot be stopped unless a pro-people government is established and democracy is restored. “Democracy won’t be restored if Khaleda Zia is not freed. So, we must take to the streets to free our leader (Khaleda).”
Stating that Buet student Abrar Fahad was killed for opposing the anti-sate deals with India, he warned those who supported his killers from behind must face trial someday.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Selima Rahman on Friday feared that the government has made a plan to ‘kill their seriously ill’ chairperson Khaleda Zia slowly in jail depriving her of proper medical treatment.
“Our leader Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail by convicting her in a false case. She’s not being granted bail,” she told a human-chain programme.
The BNP leader further said, “We’re afraid that there’s a plan to kill our leader (Khaleda) slowly. She’s very sick, but not getting proper treatment. The government is obstructing her release from jail.”
Jatiyatabadi Sangrami Dal arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding Khaleda’s release.
Selima, a BNP standing committee member, said the government is unwilling to free their chairperson from jail as it fears her immense popularity. “They (govt) know they won’t be able to cling to power if Khaleda is released from jail.”
The BNP leader urged their party leaders and activists to get ready for taking to the streets braving all the obstacles and repressive acts to have Khaleda freed from jail.
Speaking at another human-chain programme, BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said it will not be possible to have Khaleda freed from jail through the legal battle, expect a strong street movement.
He also said it will not be possible to restore democracy in the country keeping Khaleda Zia in prison.
Diploma Engineers’ Association organised the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of Khaleda.
The BNP leader alleged that the current ‘unelected’ government will not be able to free the country from corruption since it is surrounded by corrupt elements. “We would like to say corruption can’t be removed through 10-20 drives. Even it’s not possible to end corruption and criminalisation with one lkah drives as the top to bottom of the ruling party are involved in it.”
Stating that the government is not elected with people’s votes, Khosru said both governing the country and enacting laws in parliament by an unelected government is an illegal act. “The rule of law can’t remain in a country which is run by an illegal government.”
About the recent bilateral documents signed with India during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to the neighbouring country, the BNP leader said the government has sacrificed the country’s interests since it is neither elected by people nor it is accountable to them.
“There’s an elected government in India which realised from Bangladesh more than it deserves by properly playing the responsibility their voters bestowed upon them. As our government is not elected, it has no responsibility to people. So, it has fully protected its party interests, sacrificing Bangladesh’s ones,” he observed.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront Convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Friday laid emphasis on spreading the call for unity to every locality to free the country from ‘autocracy’ and establish 'effective' democracy.
“Those who want to continue autocratic rule, they create divisions among people and use the communalism for their parochial party interests. The autocratic rule can be removed if people remain united. We must spread the call for unity to all localities, districts and villages,” he said.
Dr Kamal further said, “We had got huge response to the call of unity and succeeded in the past. We’ll have to go to all localities and villages with the call for unity. We need to consolidate our unity so that people can play an effective role as the real owners of the country. That’s why we’re calling for the unity.”
He came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Muktijote, a political platform, at the Jatiya Press Club.
Dr Kamal also the president of Gonoforum, said democracy, the rule of law and constitutional rule will be restored while the nation’s desired goal can be achieved if people get back their ownership of the country and can play their due role.
“Let’s all the common people get united and gain the strength to become the real owners of the country. We’ll get effective democracy and we’ll be able to establish people’s governance at all levels, including district and local ones, if we only can get united,” he observed.
The Oikyafront chief said they are giving importance to the national unity to bring the country under the control of people. “As per the constitution, people are the owners of the country, not any temporary government. Even, a legal government is only the representative of the country’s owners. Those who grab power illegally, they are nothing, but the usurpers of power.”
He said the 'despotic regime' tries to cling to power by destroying power and weakening people in various ways. “They neither want to admit that people are the owners of the country nor want to empower them.”
Dr Kamal warned that no autocratic ruler could stay in power in the face of united resistance of people. “Though autocrats could remain in power for a temporary period, but they finally had to go. They never succeeded.”
Stating that the next election is very important, he said they will take steps for giving democracy an institutional shape and bringing dynamism into the economy for building a bright future of the country. “People are in favour of us, and this’s our big strength.”
Speaking at the programme, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) President ASM Abdur Rob said the current government does not allow people to hold meetings, rallies and express their opinions for ‘lack of’ the rule of law and democracy.
He said the country is now run as per the ‘whims of one person’ as the government has destroyed all the state institutions. “The country is now in a danger. Terrorism is going on in the name of development. It can’t continue for a long time.”
He said the nation was annihilated through the killing of Buet student Abrar for taking a stance in favour of the country. “Our future national existence has been put at stake through the killing of Abrar. The government will face the fall for the murder of Abrar.”
He said people want to get rid of ‘misrule’ and ‘vote robbery, through a qualitative change in the country’s political culture. “People must be made the owners of the country and the government must be accountable to people."
Gonoforum general secretary Dr Reza Kibria said the country’s people hate the current government for its ‘repressive acts and misrule’.
Describing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia as the most popular leader in the country, he said the government has kept her in jail ‘unfairly’. “We demand her unconditional release.”