Dhaka, July 29 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Monday said the dengue situation has turned epidemic in the country for lack of preparedness of the government and the two city corporations.
“Flood and dengue are the two big problems the country is now facing. But the government has failed to tackle that. This government has become nervous. So, they’re calling dengue as a rumour to hide their failures,” he said.
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said dengue fever is nothing new as the country has been witnessing the problem for a long time. “The prevalence of dengue was during 2001-2006 when I was health minister. But we could check its outbreak and casualties as we had the proper preparedness.”
He also said the dengue situation could have been controlled this time as well had the government taken necessary preventive steps in due time. “The dengue situation has turned epidemic due to the failure and negligence of the health minister of the current government and the two city mayors.”
BNP's cultural wing Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas) organised the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU), demanding the release of Khaleda Zia from jail.
Mosharraf said though experts warned about the spread of dengue and Aedes mosquito as monsoon began early this year, the ministers concerned and the two mayors did not take it seriously.
He said many untoward incidents are now happening in Bangladesh for lack of a representative government. “The current government is an unusual one, and it won’t be able to stay in power for a long time.”
Mosharraf said the government is exposing its failure on all fronts, creating a social unrest. “A man was killed in a court in Cumilla in broad daylight. Such incidents never happened in Bangladesh in the past.”
The BNP leader said crimes like rape of children, beheading and mass beating marked a sharp rise as the law-and-order situation collapsed. “Social degradation is now everywhere. Big government officials are now being arrested... These are not good signs for society. A pro-people government must be established to overcome the situation.”
The BNP leader also criticised the government for not taking any step against Priya Saha for making a false allegations to the US President about disappearance of minority people from Bangladesh.
He said common people and Awami League leaders tried to file cases against Priya Saha, but the Prime Minister stopped them. “So, we can naturally say there’s a mystery behind it. The Prime Minister is trying to hush it up.”
Mosharraf alleged that the government has kept their party chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail to establish dictatorship in the country and annihilate democracy.
Mentioning that there is no other alternative to waging a movement to free Khaleda, he urged his party colleagues to get united and mobilise public support to take to the streets.
Dhaka, July 29 (UNB) – Jatiya Party chairman GM Quader on Monday said their party will remain active both in parliament and on the streets with the issues relating to people’s rights to fill the prevailing political vacuum.
“Now, many political parties aren’t there on the streets to talk about people’s rights. To fill such a political vacuum, Jatiya Party will earn people’s confidence through a systematic and peaceful struggle both in parliament and on the streets to ensure their rights,” he said.
Quader came up with the remarks while exchanging views with the leaders of the party’s Chattogram city unit at its chairman’s Banani office.
He said their party will also do politics to fulfill people’s hopes and aspirations so that it can be turned into a strong political force in the next general election.
The Jatiya Party chairman urged his party leaders and activists to work hard for making their grassroots stronger further.
He also called upon the Chattogram city unit Jatiya Party leaders and activists to work in unison to strengthen their organisational capacity ahead of city corporation polls.
Meanwhile, a five-member coordination committee has been formed to put forward recommendations for reinforcing the organisational activities of Jatiya Party’s district units under the Chattogram division.
GM Quader constituted the committee headed by Party presidium member Kazi Firoz Rashid.
The other members of the committee are Jatiya Party presidium members Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury, Solaiman Alam Shet, Rezaul Islam Bhuiyan and vice chairman Mahjabin Morshed.
The committee will visit all the districts under the division and hold meetings with local leaders to formulate its recommendations for bringing dynamism in the activities of the party and ensure cordial relations among its leaders.
Thakurgaon, July 28 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said dengue has turned into a serious problem due to the negligence of the government and city corporations in eliminating mosquitoes.
“The way dengue has spread it has now become a national issue, but the ruling party and the ministers have taken it lightly. That’s why we haven’t seen any effective steps to free Dhaka city from dengue,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “They (mayors) are saying the insecticide being used is ineffective to kill mosquitoes. We think it’s a serious negligence of the government and the city corporations.”
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at his Thakurgaon residence.
Fakhrul also criticised Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon for calling dengue outbreak rumours when several hundred people are getting affected with the disease every day.
He urged the government and the city corporation authorities to stand by the dengue-affected people and take immediate steps to check the mosquito menace.
About the recent spate of killing of people in mob beating, the BNP leader said people are taking law into their own hands for lack of the rule of law and the government’s accountability.
He also voiced concern over the deteriorating health condition of their chairperson Khaleda Zia and urged the government to immediately free her from jail.
Dhaka, July 28 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday alleged that the government is trying to establish the dengue outbreak as a rumour having failed to control the wrath of Aedes mosquito.
“Government authorities are making unguarded remarks out of fear of losing power. They’re now calling dengue as a rumour like the child-lifting one since they’ve failed to check the spread of the disease,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “People, including doctors, students and children, are dying of dengue. But the ruling party leaders and mayors are threatening people with legal action (for spreading rumour of dengue).”
On July 25, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon said the media reporting on the number of people affected by dengue is nothing but rumour.
He also said the rumour is being spread through social media the way child-kidnapping rumours were propagated.
Rizvi came down hard on Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader for calling BNP central office as a rumour mill, saying their party is speaking in favour of democracy and raising voice against the government’s corruption, failures and repressive acts from their office.
He said their party will continue to raise its voice in fabour of people braving all the odds and repressive acts.
The BNP leader claimed that the health condition of their imprisoned chairperson Khaleda Zia has deteriorated alarmingly. “She (Khaleda) can’t straighten her neck and head. She’s also badly suffering for knee pain and eye ache.”
He demanded the government immediately free Khaleda Zia from jail so that she can receive treatment at any specialised hospital as per her desire.
“Her physical condition is deteriorating fast. Let her stay alive by releasing her from jail and shunning the political vengeance,” Rizvi added.
Dhaka, July 28 (UNB) – The High Court is scheduled to hear the bail petition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman fixed the date on Sunday after hearing a petition by the former prime minister’s lawyers.
Moudud Ahmed, Khandker Mahbub Hossain, Joynul Abedin, and Kayser Kamal, among others, stood for Khaleda.
Kayser said the case documents arrived from the subordinate court. “We applied for holding a hearing on the bail plea and the court fixed Tuesday,” he said.
A special court sentenced Khaleda to seven years in jail in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case on October 29 last year. Three others, including her former political secretary Harris Chowdhury, were also convicted.
The BNP chief moved the High Court against the verdict.
Justice Obaidul Hassan-led bench then ordered the subordinate court to send documents within two months. The court said the bail petition would be heard when the documents arrive. The documents reached the High Court on June 20.
Former prime minister Khaleda has been in jail since February last year after she was jailed for corruption in the Zia Orphanage Trust case. Her jail term was later doubled.
She has moved the Appellate Division, challenging her conviction.
Her party, the BNP, claims that the cases against her are politically motivated and aimed at keeping her out of politics. The government denies the allegation.