Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) - In the wake of crackdown on illegal casinos in the city, BNP senior leader Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan on Thursday alleged that the government has turned Dhaka into a city of casinos like that of Las Vegas, USA.
“We earlier heard that Bangladesh would be upgraded into a developed country like Singapore. I want to say the government has turned Dhaka city into a city like the United States ‘gambling and sin city of Las Vegas, one step above Singapore,” he said.
Dr Moyeen, a BNP standing committee member, came up with the remarks while speaking at a human-chain programme arranged by Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release.
On Wednesday, elite force Rab raided some clubs in the city and detained and sentenced at least 182 people in connection with running “casinos”, gambling, and drug abuse.
They also arrested Jubo League Dhaka South unit organising secretary Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan from his Gulshan home for running a “casino” at Youngmen's Club in the city’s Fakirerpool area.
Dr Moyeen said Dhaka was built 400 years back during the rule of Mughuls, and later it learned the name of a city of mosques, but that city now has become a city of casinos.
“The government says they’ve turned Bangladesh into a middle-income country. If Dhaka city becomes Las Vegas due to the push of a middle-income sample, I’ve no idea where the city will go when this country becomes a developed one,” the BNP leader quipped.
He alleged that the government has fooled people with its false and deceitful remarks about the country’s development. “They claim we’re on the crest of development where the ethics and morals of people are washing away with the tide of development?”
Stating that Bangladesh was liberated mainly for two reasons, establishing democracy and attaining economic emancipation of the people, Dr Moyeen said ‘one-party autocratic’ rule has been established instead of democracy while Dhaka has become Las Vegas instead of economic emancipation of people.
He alleged that the government has kept Khaleda in jail unfairly in ‘false’ cases as she raised her voice in favour of democracy.
Moyeen urged people to get united to oust the current ‘autocratic regime’ through a democratic movement and free Khaleda from jail. “Let’s take a vow to stay on the streets until Khaleda Zia is released.”
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said 12 sub-committees have been formed ahead of its next national council to be held in December.
Quader said this while briefing media after a meeting of the party’s presidium members at party chief Sheikh Hasina's political office at city's Dhanmondi area.
He said that they had formed 12 proposed sub-committees ahead of the council and will be revealing details after getting clearance from the AL president.
The Road Transport and Bridges Minister also said the district, upazila, municipality, union and ward units of Awami League have been directed to complete their councils before December 10 next.
Eight teams of the party will visit at the grassroots level between September 21 and October 15 to make the grassroots leaders and workers prepared for the national council, he added.
The party took the decision to hold the 21st national council on December 20 and 21 at a meeting of the party’s central working committee at Gono Bhaban.
The council will elect the party’s next leadership through this council while it was decided to hold the council in the next month( October).
AL took the decision took the decision to hold the council as their leaders were busy with Upazila election and Dengue awareness programmme.
The general secretary also informed that the council will be inaugurated in Dhaka's historic Suhrawardy Udyan around 3:00pm on December 20 and its session will continue till December 21, Quader said today.
The preparation of the national council will begin on Saturday through extended meetings in districts and division across the country, he said.
The Awami League holds its council every three years following its charter.
Hasina was re-elected president of the party for the eighth consecutive term in the last council held on Oct 23 in 2016.
Quader replaced Syed Ashraful Islam as general secretary at the time.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday warned his party colleagues that action will be taken if anyone gets involved in any wrongdoing and corruption.
He came up with the warning while speaking at a press conference at Awami League president's Dhanmondi political office after a meeting of the party’s presidium members.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said no-one of Awami League will be spared if found involved in corruption as the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been given the full freedom. “The ACC has taken action against many of our MPs and filed charge-sheets against them.”
He also said many approached them for requesting the attorney general for their bail but they outright rejected it.
Replying to a query, the ruling party leader said the schedule for elections to three city corporations might be announced in December next. “However, it completely depends on the Election Commission.”
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Wednesday voiced concern that the country’s situation is ‘deteriorating fast’ as the government has ‘lost control’ over state apparatuses.
“The country’s situation is getting worse gradually as the government has no control over Bangladesh’s all institutions. An anarchic situation has been prevailing for lack of democracy,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiyatabadi Nobin Dal at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU), demanding the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said the country is being pushed into darkness due to moral and social degradation everywhere in society.
He said the ruling party and the government has now started realising how they are getting defeated for staying in power by indulging in vote ‘robbery’. “They now can’t govern the country, and they’ve failed on all fronts.”
Mosharraf said government officials at every institution are indulging in corruption and male practices as the government are being failed to control them.
“The allegation of corruption has been brought against three judges of the High Court while DIG, SP, DC and OC of police are also being caught on charge of corruption. A deputy commissioner at the civil administration was withdrawn for misconduct. A director of the Anti-Corruption Commission and a DIG of police were sent to jail after they had committed corruption. The scenario is similar in every sector,” he said.
Stating that universities are meant for producing skilled and patriotic manpower, the BNP leader regretted that the universities in the country are grappling with irregularities, corruption and plundering by the ruling party leaders and activists.
“No one could even imagine that it is possible to get admitted at Dhaka University without any admission test. It‘s now happening. Chhatra League president and general secretary were removed on charge of demanding Tk 86 crore from the fund of a university. “It’s an unusual incident in the history of Bangladesh,” he observed.
Mosharraf said their party chairperson Khaleda Zia has been languishing in jail for lack of democracy in the country since the government has ‘restored’ one-party Baksal rule unofficially. “The government has kept her in jail out of its political vengeance.”
He demanded the government immediately release Khaleda Zia from jail and allow her receive proper treatment since her physical condition is gradually deteriorating.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday alleged that corruption has engulfed all spheres of Bangladesh society as there is no ‘elected’ government in the country.
Speaking at a human-chain programme, he said the current government has broken all the previous records in corruption index.
“It has now got exposed how Chhatra League and Jubo League repressed people and indulged in extortion and tender manipulation over the last 10 years. The situation has turned so worse that the government was forced to remove Chhatra League president and general secretary,” the BNP leader said.
He further said, “There’s no institution and place which is free from corruption, bribery and evil practices of making illegal money. Corruption has spread everywhere as there’s no elected government in the country.”
Association of Engineers, Bangladesh arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.
Referring to media reports, Moudud said the government has made a list of 500 Chhatra League leaders and activists who are involved in extortion. “Actually, their number is more than 5,000.”
He said it is now proved that Chhatra League and Jubo League are involved in extortion, tender manipulation, repression, grabbing people’s land and shops and taking money from people by repressing them.
The BNP leader said now no-one, not even a peon, gets job in any public or semi-government organisation and university without bribing. “Around Tk 3 lakh is required for the job of a peon post while Tk 5 lakh for that of a nurse. Even, a TIB report said brown envelopes of money are necessary for the appointment of lecturers to Dhaka University.”
He also said the ruling party leaders are making huge money through ‘plundering and corruption’ and siphoning off their ‘ill-gotten money’ aboard.
Moudud said though over 11 lakh Rohingyas have long been staying in Bangladesh, the government still could not send a single of them due to its diplomatic failure. “Bangladesh has been facing such a big crisis for the knee-jerk foreign policy of the current government.”
The BNP leader also voiced deep concern over remarks of Indian ruling party leaders that the people left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam would be pushed across the border.
“No-one of our citizen is there in Assam. Those who excluded from the NRC are the inhabitants of Assam and India. There’s no reason for Bangladeshis to go to Assam as our economy is better than them. A plot is being hatched to send some people to Bangladesh with false excuses. We strongly condemn and protest it,” he added.
The final NRC was made public recently excluding the names of about 19.07 lakh applicants, mostly Bengali-speaking people, as they failed to prove that they had come to India before March 24, 1971, just before Bangladesh’s Liberation began.
Moudud said they are putting in their best efforts to free Khaleda Zia from jail through a legal process, but it will not be possible to ensure her release without a strong street movement.