Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) – Accusing the ruling party of taking the country to the brink of ruination, Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront on Saturday demanded that a national government be formed to protect the nation.
In a joint statement signed by Gonoforum general secretary Dr Reza Kibria, the alliance said, “The scenario of the wounds the State suffered, unlawful activities, plundering of public resources and defiance to the rule of law that got exposed through the police drives over the last few days is awful.
Oikyafront said such misdeeds and irregularities in the state system are possible only when there is government pampering and patronage. “It has proved that the current undemocratic government has taken the country towards the destruction with its bid to grab power.”
Under the circumstances, the alliance made three demands, including resignation of the government and formation of a national one to revive the ‘shattered’ administrative system, ‘restore’ constitutional and democratic method of governance and thus save the country’s independence and sovereignty.
The other demands include release of all the state prisoners, including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, working out ways to resolve the political and governance crisis through the national talks with demonstrating political parties and professional bodies, and formation of an acceptable national commission to investigate the incidents of enforced disappearances, killing, vote robbery at the dark of night and corruption and plundering by the current government.
Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) - Claiming that the government has bogged into corruption, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday demanded the ministers and ruling party MPs make their wealth statements public.
“Corruption has spread to every organ of the government. We want to see the wealth statements of all the ministers and MPs. The statements must be presented before people,” he said.
Speaking at a human-chain programme here, the BNP leader also said it is necessary to know how much wealth the ministers and former ministers have so far amassed and how much wealth they had before assuming office.
“If they don’t accept our demand, we’ll understand the allegation of corruption can be brought against all the ministers and MPs of the current parliament,” he said.
Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Justifying his demand, Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said a recent global report said Bangladesh is the number one country where it is easy to become the rich very quickly.
“This means those who are indulging in gambling, casino business, and making imports in favour of the government through over-invoicing and earning black money are getting richer. The banking system has now collapsed. That’s why we’re making the demand (for submission of wealth statements),” he added.
The BNP leader said the current drive of the government against the casino business and wrongdoers will not be successful as long as the MPs and ruling party influential leaders who are behind the misdeeds are tracked down.
He also said the government will not be able to eliminate corruption as it has plunged into graft. “So, they should step down immediately and take steps for holding a credible election under a non-party neutral administration creating a scope for people to establish a true representative government.”
Moudud said the country’s people have lost their confidence in the government due to its ‘misrule and corruption’. “The government will collapse due to its widespread corruption.”
He alleged that their party chief Khaleda Zia has been in jail for nearly 17 months in ‘false cases, and she is not getting bail due to the government’s influence on the court.
The BNP leader said they will continue to put in their efforts to free Khaleda through the legal process. “But it won’t be enough as the street movement is the only path to have her released from jail.”
He called upon BNP leaders and activists to get ready to take to the streets as their party will come up with action programmes in the coming days to force the government free Khaleda.
BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman, joint secretary general Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel, Swechchasebak Dal president Shafiul Bari Babu and general secretary Abdul Quader Bhuiyan Jewel, among others, spoke at the programme.
Satkhira, Sept 27 (UNB) – A leader of Awami League’s district unit was suspended from his post on Friday for allegedly patronising gamblers.
Haydar Ali Tota was the information and research secretary of the ruling party’s Satkhira unit.
Md Nazrul Islam, secretary of the unit, said the decision was made at an emergency meeting on Thursday night. Tota was asked to explain why he should not be suspended permanently.
Police detained nine people along with Tk 49,000 when they were gambling at Tota’s place in the district town on September 25.
Sylhet, Sept 27 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said no one of those who got the share of casino money will be spared.
“Investigation is going on to catch not only the small fry, but also the big fish involved in the misdeeds. Those who got the share of the casino money, no matter whether they belong to Awami League, other parties, or the police administration, won’t be spared,” he said.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after laying the foundation stone of Sylhet Road Zone building.
Stating that the government started the drive against casino business from its own party, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed not to spare anyone involved in it.
Asked whether the action will be taken against Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Samrat, he said, “Not only Samrat, many names are surfacing…the investigation has already begun. “We’ll take steps against all based on the probe findings.”
Quader said they are working to stop the plying of three-wheelers, including Nasiman and Kariman, on highways. “We’ve sent several letters to the Commerce Ministry requesting to stop the import of such vehicles. “
The minister said he is sincere to elevate the Sylhet-Dhaka Highway into a four-lane one, but the work on it could not be started in due time for lack of fund.
On Thursday, Quader came to Sylhet and attended a meeting arranged by local Awami League at Poet Nazrul Auditorium in the city in memory of former party leader Shafiqul Haque who died on August 14 last.
Dhaka, Sept 27 (UNB) – Claiming that the government has lost control over the ruling party leaders and activists, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday alleged that influential Awami League leaders and ministers are helping the corrupt from behind the scene.
“Now, every sector has collapsed as there’s no representative government in the country. Now, the government can’t control its own people who are indulging in widespread corruption,” he told a human-chain programme.
The BNP leader further said, “What happened over the last two weeks have exposed that the government has no more control over its party leaders and activists. Apart from Shamim, Khaled and Samrat, there’re hundreds of ruling party leaders who are involved in extortion, casino operation and gambling. Nothing will happen to them due to the influence of the MPs and ministers as they’re involved with them from behind the scene.”
Agriculturist Association of Bangladesh arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said newspapers are now publishing corruption-related stories of the ruling party leaders with good treatment. “After a few days, you’ll see these incidents are covered up. This government won’t be able to eliminate corruption from its own party people.”
He said the current government has no accountability to people as the 11th parliamentary election was not ‘lawful ‘one.
The BNP leader said not only the ruling party leaders are indulging in corruption, but also the VCs of different public universities are there. “The VCs of 11 public universities are now accused of corruption. The effigies of three of them have been burnt. A VC is a revered person, but they’re also now indulging in corruption. Corruption has also spread everywhere in the judiciary.”
He urged the government to step down and hold a fair and credible election to establish a representative administration through people’s vote. “Only then, the prevailing anarchy, extortion, gambling and casino culture will get removed from the country.”
The BNP leader said the restoration of democracy is now necessary to restore the government’s control over the state machinery. “Khaleda Zia must be freed first to bring back democracy in the country.”
He claimed that Khaleda has been kept in jail for the 17 months in ‘false cases’ in which she was supposed to get bail. “Courts are unable to work independently due to the government’s political influence. That’s why Khaleda Zia is still in jail.”
Moudud also said it will not be possible to free Khaleda through the legal process. “We’ve put in our best efforts, but didn’t get any good results as the government has kept all the courts under its influence. So, the street movement is the only option to free her.”
He called upon the people of all walks of life and the democratic politic forces to get united to ensure the fall of the current government and ‘restore’ democracy in the country.