Dhaka, Sept 23 (UNB) – Condemning the attack on Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) reportedly by the activists of ruling party student body on the Dhaka University campus, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said it is an ominous sign for politics.
“When Chhatra Dal is trying to come up with positive student politics with a fresh vigour following its successful council, the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) cadres attacked its president, secretary and other leaders and activists. This is not only a condemnable incident, but also an ominous sign for Bangladesh politics,” he said.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting the wounded JCD leaders and activists at a city hospital. He also heard details about the attack from the Chhatra Dal leaders.
The BNP leader demanded the government take immediate action against those involved in the attack.
At least 11 leaders and activists of BNP’s student wing JCD and three journalists were injured in an attack allegedly by workers of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on the Dhaka University campus on Monday.
Fakhrul said Chhatra League is trying to spoil Chhatra Dal’s efforts to create a new chapter in student politics. “Both the Awami League and Chhatra League are terrorist organisations.”
He said the media have been running news about the misdeeds of the ruling party men for the few days. “People also witnessed an example of their terror acts today (Monday) through the attack on JCD leaders and activists.”
Fakhrul said they hope JCD will play an active role in student politics and the movement for the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. “We think the terrorists can never win, and they will surely be defeated by the Chhatra Dal leadership.”
Dhaka, Sept 23 (UNB) – BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Monday alleged that the ruling party leaders have developed personal banks and treasuries in their houses by depleting both the state-owned and private banks.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he doubted whether the recent drive against some clubs and ruling party leaders is mere eyewash as ‘big corrupts’ still remain out of touch.
“Awami League and Jubo League leaders have made banks and treasuries in their own houses after making banks in Bangladesh penniless. They’re keeping their surplus money at homes after siphoning off huge amount abroad,” the BNP leader alleged.
He said the ruling party leaders, including the small ones of its associate bodies, amassed huge ‘ill-gotten’ money by indulging in ‘corruption and plundering’.
“The entire country has got exhausted due to plundering, gambling, extortion, tender manipulation and other misdeeds by the ruling party leaders. There’s a question in public mind whether the sudden drive against corruption is eyewash to create a positive image of the government,” Rizvi quipped.
He alleged that no-one who is known to people as corrupt element has so far been arrested. “No-one of the godfathers of illicit drug trade and corrupts have been arrested yet. If hundreds of crores of Taka can be found at the office of a small leader of the ruling party’s associate body what can be the condition of its main leaders, ministers, and big fishes?”
The BNP leader said the ruling party leaders are running many casinos at different parts of the country, including 60 in the capital, and indulging in drug trading.
He also alleged that huge money is being plundered from different development projects. “Corruption is also limitless in the AL general secretary’s ministry. When barely Tk 28 crore is spent on constructing one kilometer of a four-lane road in other countries, Obaidul Quader has spent Tk 200 crore for it. This manifests how big fish are plundering public money.”
Rizvi criticised the ruling party leaders for accusing BNP founder Ziaur Rahman of introducing gambling culture in the country, saying Awami League senior leaders are only trying to mislead people and shift the blame of their misdeeds onto others with their unguarded remarks.
Cox’s Bazar, Sept 22 (UNB) – Mentioning that BNP made Bangladesh the world champion in corruption for five times, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said ethical words do not suit its leaders.
“BNP is raising question against the government about corruption. But they were five-time champion in corruption and no-one can break the record. They didn’t take any effective measure in preventing corruption,” he said.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, was talking to reporters after a views-exchange meeting with the government officials at the deputy commissioner’s office.
He said ‘Hawa Bhaban’ was the base of corruption during the BNP tenure and all the leaders of BNP were corrupt.
The ruling party leader also asked all the BNP leaders to resign from their posts following their failure to free their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail through a movement.
He urged the government officials to work with honesty instead of indulging in corruption. “No corruption in the name of Awami League will be tolerated,” he said.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) – In the wake of the arrest of some ruling party leaders in drives against illegal casinos and businesses, BNP on Saturday demanded resignation of the government.
“The high tone of the government has now been lowered as they’ve been caught. They themselves are catching their people,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Talking to reporters after a meeting of BNP standing committee members at party chairperson’s Gulshan office, he further said, “We would like to tell the government you please quit power as you have failed to run the country.”
The BNP leader also called upon the government to hold a fresh election under a neutral administration to ease public sufferings.
He said gambling has badly spread all over the country during the rule of the current government as it has lost control on the state machinery. “They’re failing to control those who helped them grab power on December 29. Their party men and law enforcers have gone out of their control.”
Fakhrul said all the state organs are collapsing as the government has no accountability and ‘legitimacy’.
He said relatives of their party chairperson Khaleda Zia met her on Friday, and found her in a serious condition.
The BNP leader said Khaleda has lost weight as she herself unable to eat anything due to her fragile health condition.
He demanded the government free Khaleda Zia from jail so that she can receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice.
Fakhrul alleged that the government is slowly pushing the BNP chief towards death by deriving her of her right to get freed on bail. “We want her to be freed immediately through the legal process.”
BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Nazrul Islam Khan were present at the meeting.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday slammed Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader for accusing their party of introducing the casino culture in the country, saying the ruling party is resorting to lies to hide its misdeeds.
“If BNP introduced casino and gambling during its rule, why didn’t the government prevent the illegal business over the last 12 years? Had the casino business begum during the BNP’s rule, the 1/11 government would have tracked down it,” he said.
Speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader further said, “They (AL leaders) are now trying to shift the blame of their fault on others by resorting to lies.”
Jatiyatabadi Ulema Dal arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Earlier on Friday, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader at a press briefing claimed that BNP introduced the casino culture in Bangladesh.
Protesting the comment, Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said the casino business has been running in the capital with the help of the administration and the government’s backing. “Otherwise, the casino business could not continue within few yards of Motijheel Police Station.”
Referring to the recent arrests of two Jubo League leaders with huge stash of money as part of a crackdown on illegal casinos and businesses, the BNP leader said ‘black cats’ are now coming out of bags.
“If huge money, including 1.80 crore cash and sacks of dollars, can be found from the house of a small leader of Jubo league, it can be understood how much money the bigger leaders have amassed,” he observed.
Mosharraf also said huge public money can be recovered by conducting raids on the houses of senior ruling party leaders.
He alleged that the government has kept their chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail unfairly on ‘false’ corruption charges.
The BNP leader urged the country’s people to get united to free Khaleda from jail and ‘restore’ democracy.