Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Friday said though their chairperson Khaleda Zia has achieved immense successes in her political life, she has ‘failed’ to create honest advisers around her.
“Our leader has huge successes, but she has failure as well. I also told her it one day that you won many things, but couldn’t make a sincere and honest force around you to help you with proper advices,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “Taking a deep breath, she (Khaleda) said what else can I do without going with those who are around me…I would like to say it today that Khaleda Zia has failed to create sincere, honest and courageous associates.”
Gayeshwar, a BNP standing committee member, made the remarks while speaking at the launching ceremony of a book on the political life of the BNP chief at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium. Most party senior leaders, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, were present at the event.
Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case on February 8 last year.
Gayeshwar said the speculation about Khaleda Zia’s release on parole is nothing but a mockery.
He also came down hard on those BNP’s MPs-elect who expressed their desire to go to parliament. “We’ve heard they (MPs) talked about people’s desire. But we didn’t hear to tell them that they won’t go to parliament to legalise the illegal regime…we want them to tell we would not go to parliament if Khaleda Zia is not freed.”
The BNP leader recalled the role of a group of BNP leaders, led by Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, during the 1/11 political changeover, and described how they betrayed Khaleda.
He also observed that though their chairperson holds an uncompromising mentality, her many party leaders are opposite to her. “They don’t have the moral courage to tackle any incident.”
Gayeshwar urged BNP leaders and activists to follow the uncompromising ideal of Khaleda.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Nazrul Islam Khan, vice-chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury and Supreme Court Bar Association secretary Mahbubuddin Khokon, among others, spoke at the programme.
Shato Nagorik Committee arranged the lunching of the book titled ‘Khaleda Zia: Tritiyo Biswer Konthaswar’.
Former Vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Emajuddin Ahmed and poet Abdul Hye Sikder edited the 860-page book.
Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday urged the government to stop a ‘plot’ to eliminate its chairperson Khaleda Zia from politics through a ‘minus-formula’ in the name of parole.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said their chairperson wants to walk out of jail on bail as the cases in which she was convicted are bailable.
“A widespread propaganda is on over parole. The current regime is hatching a far-reaching plot to make a political gain after putting our leader’s (Khaleda’s) life at stake,” he said.
Rizvi said there is no point of hatching a conspiracy to remove Khaleda from politics. "Let the law take its own course without creating any obstacle to granting her (Khaleda) bail. Our leader will be freed on bail through a normal legal process if the illegal interference in court proceedings is stopped,” he said pointing at the Prime Minister.
Rizvi alleged that some pro-government newspapers are carrying out false campaign over Khaleda’s release on parole.
“Speculations are there that the intelligence agencies are involved with the media propaganda. The ruling party has resorted to cunning politics to make its mission on parole a success,” the BNP leader said.
He alleged that some media have been running news without any source about Khaleda Zia’s release on parole to go abroad. ”Even, they’re mentioning the specific date of her departure. But, BNP has no knowledge about it. Our leader wants to be freed on bail through a normal legal process.”
Rizvi claimed that their chairperson is seriously ill as she cannot move her hands and legs. “She has not been given proper treatment. Doctors said her diabetes is still not under control.”
He bemoaned that media outlets are playing a silent role over Khaleda's illness.
The BNP leader said their chairperson wants to receive treatment at a specialised hospital of her choice.
About Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case, Rizvi said the government has failed to take any visible action, except withdrawing Sonagazi Police Station OC Moazzem Hossain, to punish the killers though nine days have elapsed since her death.
He also alleged that no action is being taken against the OC for harassing Nusrat by taking her to the police station in the name of questioning her about the sexual harassment.
The BNP leader also questioned the transparency of the ongoing probe by police officials into the Nusrat murder when police are allegedly involved in it. “The government has completely surrendered to police, and lost its moral courage to take any measures against them.”
Rizvi also alleged that the government’s activities have given an impression that it is trying to hush up the barbaric murder incident.
He urged the government to take effective steps to stop injustice and massacre, and ensure exemplary punishment to the offenders.
Bogura, Apr 18 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said people are no longer safe anywhere in the country as the-law-and order situation has seriously deteriorated.
“There’s now no rule of law, justice and human rights in the country. The law-and-order situation has worsened so badly that no one is now safe anywhere in the country,” he said.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting the house of recently killed Bogura Sadar Upazila unit BNP general secretary Mahbub Alam Shaheen.
He said the murder of Shaheen has demonstrated once again that the government has lost control on the law-and-order situation.
On April 14, some miscreants attacked Shaheen with sharp weapons in the town’s Nishindara’s Housing Estate area when he was returning home around 11pm from a physical exercise centre, leaving him critically injured. Doctors declared him dead after he had been taken to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital.
The BNP secretary general went to Shaheen’s house around 11am and consoled the bereaved family members.
He assured the deceased’s family members that their party and its leaders and activists will always remain beside them and extend all-out cooperation to them.
“Shaheen’s family has now become helpless as he was killed for standing beside people and raising voice for their rights,” Fakhrul observed.
He urged the country’s people to get ready to put up a strong resistance against the ‘misdeeds’ of the current regime. “A strong unity of people of all walks of life is now necessary to restore people’s rights.”
The BNP leader also urged the people of Bogura to pray for their chairperson Khaleda Zia as she is very sick. “Now she can’t move without wheelchair.”
Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) – Though seven years have elapsed since the party leader M Ilias Ali disappeared, BNP is still hopeful about his return.
“We still expect Ilias Ali will be back among us and in his family, and his little girl will be able to call him papa,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He said their party also believes all the disappeared people will return to their families.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting the family members of former BNP organising secretary M Ilias Ali who went missing along with his driver, Ansar Ali, on the midnight of 17 April, 2012. Since then, BNP has been blaming security agencies for his mysterious disappearance, an allegation denied by the government.
The BNP secretary general went to Ilias Ali’s Banani house in the evening and talked to his wife Tahsin Rushdir Luna, elder son Abrar Ilias and daughter Saiara Nawal.
He accused Awami government of initiating the culture of enforced disappearance in the country in 2011-2012. “Later, our many leaders and activists and trade union leaders were made disappeared.”
Fakhrul said still many people remained traceless. “Their family members have long been waiting with a hope to get them back, but only getting disappointed with the passage of time.”
He said the government has created an unprecedented frightening situation in the country by making people disappeared.
The BNP secretary general also alleged that the government has been in power by resorting to repressive acts as it has got isolated from people.
“Awami League is inventing new techniques one after another to suppress its opponents. They annihilated a strong voice and brave person like Ilias Ali who never bowed down to anybody and thus created a culture of phobia,” he observed.
Fakhrul also said people want to get rid of such culture and the prevailing situation in the country. “We think the fall of such repressive regime can be ensured through a united movement of people.”
Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday regretted that the incidents of killing, rape and reprisal growing as politicians have failed to build a safe and beautiful Bangladesh.
“Why’re we indulging in such vengeance, mockery, repression and massacre? Why have our Rafi (Nusrat Jahan Rafi) been killed in such repression? Our politicians are supposed to give answers to the questions…we’ve failed to give you a beautiful Bangladesh and ensure your security,” he told children at a programme.
Speaking at the award-giving ceremony of 10th national child artiste competition, 'Shapla Kuri-2018', the BNP leader further said, “Even after that, I still dream of a prosperous and beautiful Bangladesh where our children will roam freely and they won’t be subjected to any attack and our daughters wont’ be burnt to death.”
Zia Shishu Academy organised the event at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh where 85 children were given award on music, dance, recitation and acting.
Recalling his childhood, Fakhrul bemoaned that people, even children, are now getting much interested in technology instead of getting involved in art and culture. “We’re getting defeated to technology.”
He also told the children the perspective of the country’s Liberation War. “Those who had led the Liberation War are very revered persons to us.”
Speaking at the programme, Dhaka University ex-VC Prof Emajuddin Ahmed said it cannot be acceptable in any way that people will not get the security of their lives even after so many years of the country’s independence.
He urged the children to be good human being and acquire proper knowledge to build a safe, prosperous and democratic Bangladesh as dreamt by the freedom fighters.