Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Saturday voiced resentment against the party MPs recent activities as he thinks they apparently tried to erase Khaleda Zia’s image an ‘uncompromising’ leader in the name of freeing her from jail.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said. “They (MPs) tried to demonstrate before people that they’re very sincere about madam’s release…but they’ve got caught while making efforts to remove Khaleda Zia’s tittle of uncompromising leader.”
Zia Shishu Kishore Mela Kendriya Sangsad arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Gayeshwar, a BNP standing committee member, said Khaleda Zia will not comprise with the government. “She won’t receive anybody’s compassion or want to be freed on parole. She’s an uncompromising leader,” he added.
The BNP leader said Khaleda Zia will be freed through a movement, and their party will continue its agitation in this regard.
Gayeshwar also said though their jailed chairperson is physically week, her moral is very strong and, she will not bow down to anybody.
On Wednesday last, four BNP MPs met Khaleda at BSMMU and urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to see their ailing chairperson for herself and take steps for her release on bail.
On Tuesday, three other BNP MPs also met Khaleda at the BSMMU and they said she is willing to go abroad for treatment if she is granted bail.
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.
About the government’s current anti-graft purge, Gayeshwar said this is nothing, but a drama to divert people’s attention to a different direction from the country’s problems.
“I think the government has arranged a performance of monkey (through the drive) to mislead people and continue its misdeeds,” he said.
The BNP leader said the country’s economy has become bankrupt while banks have got depleted. “That’s what they (Govt) are staging mini dramas to divert people’s attention from such bankruptcy to another direction.”
He said the government can give people a surprise by arresting a few ‘small fry’ in a dramatic move, but it will not help free the country from corruption.
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said their party chairperson Khaleda Zia will not compromise with the government over her release from jail.
“Khaleda Zia won’t bow down to anybody as she’s the leader of the country’s 16-17 crore people. She would be released either though the legal process or a street movement, in no other way,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “In fact, it’s not possible to free her without a spontaneous mass upsurge of people as she won’t reach any understanding with anybody. If necessary, she’ll endure more sufferings in jail, but she won’t make any compromise with the current regime.”
Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding Khaleda Zia’s release.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said Khaleda was convicted in the cases that were not filed ‘lawfully’. “The cases were filed as per the political will of the government out of its political vengeance.”
As per the Code of Criminal Procedure, he said, the High Court can grant bail to a sick, female and elderly convicted person under any stage of the case proceedings, but a 74-year-old sick Khaleda Zia is not getting bail. “Even, condemned convicts and those who got life term imprisonment are granted bail. But, Khaleda Zia is not given it.”
The BNP leader said their chairperson is not getting bail as the government does not want it. “Courts are now regulated with political influence. Judges now can’t work freely applying their conscience as an appalling situation has been prevailing.”
About the current anti-graft drive, he said it has exposed that the government is bogged down in corruption. “Those arrested in the last two weeks belong to the ruling party.”
“But such a drive after 10 years is nothing but eyewash. I don’t find it’s any significance. Evan after that, I welcome it. I urge you (PM) to make public the wealth statements of your current and former ministers and MPs. If you do that, we’ll understand you’re serious about the drive,” Moudud said.
He also said the current drive will be successful if those abetted the small fry like Jubo League leaders Shamim, Khaled and Samrat in indulging misdeeds and corruption from behind the scene can be arrested. “We know you won’t do it, and the issue will be hushed up within a short time, and then newspapers will focus on other issues.”
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB)- A day after a call by the party MPs to the Prime Minister for taking steps for releasing their chairperson on bail, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said Khaleda Zia will be freed through the legal process, not by anybody’s compassion.
“Khaleda Zia won’t be freed by the mercy of anybody. She’ll surely be released on bail as it’s her fair right to get bail,” he said.
Speaking at a human-chain programme, the BNP leader also said the government will not be able to keep Khaleda in jail for a long time as people will free her through a movement.
He called upon the people of all walks of life and all the democratic political parties to get united to ‘restore democracy in the country and force the government to free Khaleda from jail through a movement.
Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad organised the human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding release of Khaleda Zia.
On Wednesday, BNP MPs urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to see their ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia for herself and take steps for her release on bail.
“We the seven MPs call upon the Leader of the House and the honourable Prime Minister please see for yourself Khaleda Zia, our three-time PM. We’re sure if you see her, it’ll evoke your humanitarian feeling and you’ll feel the compassion for her, ”said BNP MP GM Siraj.
Siraj along with BNP MP Md Zahidur Rahman, Md Mosharof Hosen and Rumeen Farhana met Khaleda at the BSMMU and had nearly an hour-long meeting with her.
On Tuesday, there other BNP MPs -- Harunur Rashid Advocate Abdus Sattar and Amimul Islam -- met Khaleda at the SMMU and they said their jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia is willing to go abroad for treatment if she is granted bail.
Khaleda has been receiving treatment at the BSDMMU since April 1 last.
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’.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) – BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday aired doubt that the ongoing anti-corruption drive may be a sign of the government’s plan for commuting any big ‘misdeed’.
“Awami League is a patron of corruption-centric politics. So, the government is not getting any response from people to its efforts to involve BNP with the arrested small fry of Awami League and Jubo League,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference, the BNP leader further said, “This drive is a forecast of any major misdeeds and it is also a manifestation of the complex equation of politics of vengeance, jealousy, extortion and nepotism.”
Referring to media reports about the law enforcers’ ‘hesitation’ to arrest Dhaka south unit Jubo League president Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, Rizvi questioned why law enforcers are writing for a green signal from government high-ups to take action against a ‘wrongdoer’ when the Prime Minister says law will take its own course.
He said the government is facing a dilemma over carrying out the drive and arrest the ‘big corrupt’ elements in the ruling party. “That’s why it’s now trying to mislead people by blaming BNP and Tarique Rahman. The so-called anti-corruption drive is completely politically motivated.”
The BNP leader said the ruling party leaders bought homes in different countries and siphoned off huge money abroad as the government has ‘institutionalised’ corruption in the country.
He criticised some newspapers for what he said carrying out ‘false propaganda’ involving Tarique Rahman with casino business.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina not to accept any Indian proposal that may harm people and their interests during her visit to the neighbouring country.
“This is good that you’re going to India, but we want you not to agree to any proposal of India that may hamper the interests of Bangladesh and its people,” he said.
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, also urged the Prime Minister not to do anything which may create any commotion in the subcontinent. “Don’t do anything for which the people of our country can be affected.”
He made the remarks while speaking at a human-chain programme arranged by Jatiyatabadi Textile Engineers Association of Bangladesh in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to embark on a four-day visit to Delhi on Thursday at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF) as the chief guest on Friday.
She will also meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
Mosharraf said Sheikh Hasina admitted that her government has been carrying out the current drive against corruption, extortion and casinos to prevent the recurrence of the 11/11 episode. “We want to ask her why you have created a situation which is inviting the 1/11 like incident in the country. This government is responsible for the current situation and the spread of corruption in the country.”
Earlier at a press conference in New York on Sunday, Sheikh Hasina firmly said there is no chance of the recurrence of any 1/11-like incident in Bangladesh as her government is taking punitive actions against every sort of corruption mercilessly.
Mosharraf alleged that the government has so far arrested only some ‘small fry’ insisted of ‘big corrupts’ in the recent drive. “The wrongdoers could not indulge in such acts without the backing of the government and the administration.”
He alleged that the government is turning the country into a failed state by destroying its all institutions in a planned way.
The BNP leader said the financial institutions have been ruined during the rule of the current government through plundering while huge money has been siphoned off abroad by the ruling party men.
Under the circumstances, he urged the country’s people to get united to save the country, ‘restore’ democracy and free Khaleda Zia from jail.