Dhaka, Aug 10 (UNB) - BNP on Saturday alleged that eid holidaymakers are going through immense sufferings on their way home due to the “mismanagement” of the government authorities.
“There’re long tailbacks on the highways near the ferry terminals, including Dhaka-Aricha one. Trains are packed and their roofs are overcrowded as the government didn’t take proper steps to ensure the smooth journey of home-goers,” said party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He further said, “Trains schedules are collapsing while vehicles cannot ply smoothly for the poor condition of roads and mismanagement. People are suffering due to the government’s mismanagement.”
The BNP leader came up with the allegation while distributing leaflets of their party in the city’s Gulshan area to create awareness among people about dengue.
He criticised the government for its failure to maintain train schedules as passengers have to wait for long hours at Kamalapur Railway Station. “Why people are being forced to wait 12 hours to catch their trains when the government always talks about development?”
Rizvi also came down hard on the government for its failure to control the dengue outbreak. “They’re spraying ineffective insecticide to kill mosquitos. It’s the medicine to keep mosquito asleep for a while. When the mosquitos wake up after five minutes, they again bite people.”
He said people want to know who plundered crores of taka in the name of importing mosquito-killing insecticide from abroad.
The BNP leader said the government has kept their chairperson Khaleda Zia and many opposition leaders and activists in jail by obliterating justice and the rule of law.
He urged people to get ready for waging a movement to free Khaleda Zia from jail and restore democracy in the country.
Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Friday said it is not possible to force the government to free their leader Khaleda Zia from jail with soft and indoor political programmes.
“Social organisations usually stage human-chain and black-flag programmes to register their protest against misdeeds. Is it enough to form human chains with a demand for the release of a political leader? There’s no reason to keep the political party’s way of protest to it (human chain), he said.
Speaking at a discussion here, the BNP leader further said, “We won’t be able to free Khaleda Zia with only peaceful and indoor programmes. Sheikh Hasina won’t release Khaleda Zia until BNP can wage a strong movement using its capability.”
Aparajeyo Bangladesh arranged the programme on dengue situation at the Jatiya Press Club.
Gayeshwar Chandra, a BNP standing committee member, urged the leaders and activists of their party to get ready for waging movement to have Khaleda freed from jail.
“Our party will surely call a movement. We’ll have to take to the streets, even the party doesn’t come up with such a call,” he added.
The BNP leader said a fresh and credible election is a must for the restoration of a democratic governing system. “We must ensure the fall of the current regime to pave the way for a free and fair election.”
About the dengue outbreak, Gayeshwar said the government and the two city corporations have miserably failed to tackle the dengue situation.
“The dengue situation wouldn’t have worsened that much had the government taken proper actions in due time,” he added.
Dhaka, Aug 8 (UNB) - Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday urged people to cooperate with the government instead of criticising it unnecessarily to tackle the dengue prevalence.
He said this while speaking at a programme organised by AL Relief and Social Welfare sub-committee at Dhanmondi 32 in the city, marking the birthday of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib.
Referring to the Prime Minister’s directives to intensify the cleanliness drive, Quader, also the AL general secretary, said, “Now the only work is to check the life-threatening dengue.”
Urging all to keep their own homes and workplaces clean, Quader said the two city corporations of Dhaka and other organisations concerned are working in a coordinated manner to eliminate dengue.
Regarding BNP’s claim of the government’s failure in controlling dengue, Quader said, “BNP itself has failed to play its due role as a responsible opposition party.”
He suggested BNP to recognise its own failure first before talking about the government’s failure.
Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir blamed the government for the worst-ever dengue outbreak in the country since it downplayed the problem at the initial stage calling it as “just a rumour”.
Talking to reporters at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he also opposed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark that excessive media reports created panic among people about dengue, saying journalists made people aware of the deadly disease and exposed the actual situation.
“They (govt) have always tried to avoid the problem as they didn’t dare admit the fact. The dengue problem has come to light as media focused on it. Otherwise, people can’t understand the severity of the disease,” the BNP leader said.
He further said, “The mayors and the officials of Dhaka city corporations didn’t give importance to dengue at the initial stage. They ruled out the dengue prevalence calling it a rumour. But now the situation has taken such a serious turn that it has spread all over the country.”
Fakhrul said they had advised the government to take emergency steps to check dengue, but the government failed to do so. “We also called for working together raising above party politics to prevent dengue outbreak, but Awami League is unwilling to involve other party in facing the national problem.”
He criticised the ministers for taking to the streets with brooms as part of a programme to make people aware of dengue. “Dramas and photo sessions are being staged over the dengue issue. We’ve seen Mr Obaidul Quader himself swept roads though he was asking others not to do photo sessions. It’s very interesting.”
Fakhrul alleged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment that her government does not support torture in custody is not true.
In an interview with BBC World Service on Tuesday, the PM said, “To tell you the truth, our government is never led by any intention to torture people in custody and it [government] also doesn’t do it (either).”
He said the rights bodies are regularly making reports on extrajudicial killings and custodial deaths. “About 400-700 people are killed in custody every year in the name of crossfire here while torture in custody is a common affair. So, the Prime Minister’s comment is contrary to facts.”
The BNP leader expressed wonder as a lower court issued arrest warrant against him and their party’s other senior leaders in a case filed against them on charge of issuing a death threat to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“We can’t imagine such a court order. It’s completely a false and fabricated case. We think such cases are filed with a motive to create pressure on us and keep us away from political and democratic activities,” he observed.
Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday expressed deep shock at the death of former External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj.
In a condolence message, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir recalled Sushma’s cordial relation with BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
He prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Sushma Swaraj passed away in Delhi following a cardiac arrest on Tuesday night at the age of 67.