Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB) – Accusing the government of politicising the judiciary and administration, BNP on Saturday said now people have nowhere to go to seek justice.
“They (govt) have taken the judiciary under their control. The way the administration has been reshaped with Chhatra League and Jubo League people, the same way they’re being recruited there (judiciary),” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the allegation while speaking at a rally brought by Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The BNP leader said the entire nation has got frustrated as the High Court rejected Khaleda’s bail petition in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. “The High Court is a place of people’s hopes and aspirations. But it turned down the bail petition. Where will we go? Where is our place of shelter?
He urged people, including freedom fighters, to get united to get rid of the current situation and restore democracy in the country.
About the dengue outbreak, Rizvi alleged that the situation is gradually worsening due to the government’s failure to tackle it with effective measures. “People are saying the Prime Minister is staying in London so that she is not affected with dengue. The Health Minister also took his wife to Malaysia as they’re only thinking of saving themselves.”
He also said the government has no concern for people, no matter whether they die of dengue or they are washed away by flood, as it was not elected with people’s votes. “The government which is formed through a nighttime election can’t have any responsibility for people.”
The BNP leader said the government is pushing people towards a death trap as it has no accountability. “People are getting killed in the incidents of flood, fire, road accidents, mass beating and crossfire. People are also being stabbed to death in broad daylight and killed after rape,” he added.
Kurigram, Aug 3 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Saturday said the government has utterly failed to tackle dengue, the mosquito-borne disease which has spread across the country.
He said this while distributing relief goods among flood victims at Pachgachi College in Kurigram Sadar Upazila.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Friday said 1,687 new patients were hospitalised across the country in the last 24 hours until that morning. Of them, 996 cases were reported from Dhaka alone.
Thirty-eight patients were admitted to hospitals in Rangpur Division.
Official data showed that 21,235 people were hospitalised with dengue since January 1. Of them, 18,842 patients were admitted to hospitals since July 2. So far, 14,639 people were discharged from hospitals.
Quader, who became the party chairman after the death of his brother and former military dictator HM Ershad last month, said: “There’s competition but no conflict in the Jatiya Party.”
Jatiya Party Secretary General Mashiur Rahman Ranga, adviser AKM Mostafizur Rahman Mostak, major (retd) Asafudullah, Vice-Chairman Adelur Rahman Adel, Ponir Uddin Ahmed, MA Razzak Khan, among others were present.
Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB)- BNP on Friday suggested the government to declare a state of emergency to tackle the deteriorating dengue situation in the country.
“Dengue has spread all over the country. Experts are saying the situation will continue to worsen. We think the government should declare a state of emergency to face the situation with united efforts,” BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said after visiting dengue patients at Labaid Hospital.
He recommended taking immediate steps to save the people instead of making it a political issue.
Fakhrul criticised the government for not taking prompt steps to procure effective insecticide to kill mosquitoes.
“The government has failed to deliver on all fronts including preventing dengue,” he said. “It acts whenever the court gives an order.”
Fakhrul said the government should now take urgent steps in consultation with doctors and relevant experts to control dengue.
In 24 hours until Friday morning, 1,687 new dengue patients were hospitalised, mostly in Dhaka. An official of the Directorate General of Health Services told UNB in the evening that the mosquito-borne disease has spread across Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB) – Jatiya Mukti Mancha chief Oli Ahmed on Friday urged the Supreme Court to grant bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia considering her age and contributions to the country.
“I request the judges of the Supreme Court to immediately release Khaleda Zia (on bail) for treatment considering her age, contributions and her husband Ziaur Rahman’s contributions to the country,” the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief said at a press conference at his party’s Karwan Bazar office.
On June 27, Oli floated a new political platform, ‘Jatiya Mukti Mancha’, in a bid to free Khaleda and ‘restore’ democracy. LDP, Kalyan Party, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party (Jagpa), Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish and Democratic National Movement are in the new platform to realise their 18-point demand.
Oli called upon the leaders and activists of BNP and Jatiya Multi Mancha to get organised and be vocal to have Khaleda freed.
He urged the people to take to the streets with peaceful programmes like rallies and processions to mount pressure on the government to release Khaleda and hold fresh and fair national election.
Oli said they will arrange a workshop in the city on August 6 on the country’s overall situation.
Senior leaders of Kalyan Party, Jagpa and NDP were present at the press conference.
Dhaka, Aug 1 (UNB) - Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Thursday said their party will give various programmes based on public issues as people are in search of a political party to protect their interests.
“A political vacuum has created now in the country, and people are looking for a political force in favour of them. So, we’ll fulfill people’s hopes and aspirations by taking programmes in people’s interests,” he said.
Quader came up with the remarks while speaking at a meeting in memory of Jatiya Party founder HM Ershad at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh.
He urged Jatiya Party leaders and activists to get united and work for strengthening their organisational capacity as the party has a scope to turn out to be a strong political force.
Describing various activities carried out for the development and welfare of the country by his late brother during his nine-year rule, the Jatiya Party chief said, “Dead Ershad is much stronger than the living Ershad.”
Jatiya Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga said their party is united under the leadership of GM Quader. “We won’t spare those who want to create a division between GM Quader and Raushon Ershad.”