Dhaka, Apr 29 (UNB) – Stating that the current parliament does not represent people, BNP on Monday alleged that the country is now held hostage to the whim of a particular party.
“We would like to clearly say the current government is not an elected one since people were not allowed to participate in the last national election,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “There’s no democracy and rule of law in the country as it lacks people’s representatives in parliament.”
Amid the speculation of taking oath by some other BNP MPs-elect following the footstep by Zahidur Rahman Zahid, Fakhrul came up with the remarks.
Greater Mymensingh Forum arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and Jubo Dal general secretary Sultan Salauddin Tuku.
BNP MP-elect Zahidur Rahman Zahid (Thakurgaon-3) was sworn in on Thursday prompting the party to sack him on Saturday for violating its decision.
Now only five BNP MPs-elect, including Fakhrul, are left to take oath. As per the constitution, they must be sworn in by today (Monday) if they want to remain members of the current parliament.
After assuming office, Fakhrul alleged that Awami League took a well-designed strategy to restore a one-party rule. “But it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t resist the move due to Awami League’s misrule and repressive acts. “
He also said the struggle of democratic forces against the current ‘fascist’ regime has become incompatible due to the ‘unprecedented’ repressive acts.
The BNP leader regretted that a trend of authoritarian rule is now prevailing all over the world while the democratic forces are gradually getting outsmarted.
Under the circumstances, Fakhrul said they are now working to make their party stronger and dynamic further to launch a movement for freeing Khaleda Zia and other party leaders from jail and restoring democracy. “I believe we’ll surely turn victorious, if we can wage a movement with proper preparation and strategy.”
He said their chairperson is going through a serious ordeal as she has been in jail for over 14 months in ‘false’ cases. “I can’t describe how much sick she is. She can’t move independently and can’t eat well.”
Fakhrul alleged that though the government is carrying out a campaign of tremendous development in the country, the economy is now in a bad shape due to the government’s wrong policies and misrule. “The government has, in fact, failed to deliver on all fronts.”
He called upon the people of all walks of life to get united to wage a strong movement for establishing a pro-people government.
Dhaka, Apr 29 (UNB) – Following the footstep of Zahidur Rahman Zahid MP (Thakurgaon-3), BNP’s four other MPs-elect took oath as members of the 11th Parliament on Monday.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the swearing-in around 5:40pm at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban while parliament senior secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan conducted the oath-taking ceremony.
The four BNP MPs are Advocate Abdus Sattar (Brahmanbaria-2), Harun-ur Rashid Harun (Chapainawabganj-3), Aminul Islam (Chapainawabganj-2) and Mosharraf Hossain (Bogura-4).
On Thursday, Zahidur Rahman Zahid (Thakurgaon-3) was sworn in, prompting the party to sack him on Saturday for violating its decision.
With the latest ones, 299 MPs-elect out of 300 in the 11th parliamentary polls were sworn in.
Only BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir did not take oath while the stipulated time for being sworn in expired today.
BNP along with Gonoforum and some other parties joined the election in alliance under the banner of Jatiya Oikyafront. BNP bagged six seats while Gonoforum two in the election.
The alliance turned down the election results bringing the allegation of 'massive vote robbery' and decided not to join parliament.
However, Gonoforum’s two MPs-elect Sultan Mohammad Mansur (Moulvibazar-2) and Mokabbir Khan (Sylhet-2) were sworn in on March 7 and April 2 respectively.
Dhaka, Apr 29 (UNB) – The Blue Panel of teachers, backed by the ruling Awami League, swept the Dhaka University (DU) dean election on Monday.
The 'Blue Panel' candidates were elected deans of nine faculties, out of 10, while a candidate of pro-BNP 'White Panel' was elected dean of one faculty.
The elected 'Blue Panel' deans are Abu Md Delwar Hosain of Arts Faculty, Tofail Ahmed Chowdhury of Faculty of Sciences, Sadeka Halim of Faculty of Social Sciences, Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam of Faculty of Business Studies, Imdadul Hoque of Faculty of Biological Sciences, SM Abdur Rahman of Faculty of Pharmacy and Nisar Hossain of Faculty of Fine Arts.
Md Hasanuzzaman was elected dean of Faculty of Engineering and Technology from the pro-BNP 'White Panel'.
ASM Maksud Kamal (Blue Panel) of Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty and Rahmat Ullah (Blue Panel) of Law Faculties were declared elected deans unopposed before the election as no one from other panels had submitted nomination papers.
The voting for the election began at 9:00am and continued till 1:00 pm at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban.
DU treasurer Kamal Uddin Ahmed acted as the election commissioner.
Dhaka, Apr 28 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the government has established its full control over the media by creating a division among journalists and their organisations.
“This fascist regime has brought all the state machinery, including the judiciary and administration, under its control. They’re also now controlling the ownership of the media outlets,” he said.
Speaking at the annual council of a faction Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), the BNP leader further said, “Even, the government has established its full control over the organisations of journalists by creating a division among them.”
He said many journalists are going through serious financial crises losing their jobs as a consequence of the current politics and governing system.
Like journalists, Fakhrul said many leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies, including Chhatra Dal, are passing through a tough time for lack of jobs. “They’re pulling rickshaws and working as street vendors in Dhaka, leaving their localities. Even, some of them committed suicide having failed to get jobs. This is the reality now.”
He alleged that Awami League created a similar crisis after the Liberation War of the country. “At that time, a group of ruling party men formed JSD leaving Awami League and many of them were killed for opposing the then government…those used to speak the truth at that time were repressed and kept in jail.”
The BNP leader said Awami League branded all its opponents as collaborators after the independence. “We know it very well what Awami League actually is.”
He accused the government of keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail in ‘false cases’ with a political motive denying her bail. “We’re repeatedly speaking against it and trying to wage a movement. But all the movements may not be always successful. It’s very tough for a democratic force to fight against a fascist regime.”
Fakhrul, however, told BNP leaders and activists not to get upset as the truth and justice will finally prevail, and the evil force will get defeated. “The people of Bangladesh never get defeated. So, we’ll also become victorious.”
Dhaka, Apr 27 (UNB) – BNP on Saturday night expelled its MP Zahidur Rahman Zahid of (Thakurgaon-3) from the party for taking took oath as a member of the 11th Parliament violating its decision.
Party standing committee took the punitive action against Zahid at an emergency meeting, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
“Our party’s decision was against taking oath as MPs of parliament. As Zahidur Rahman Zahid breached the party decision, he was expelled from BNP. His primary membership was also cancelled. The decision was taken at our today’s meeting,” he said.
Earlier, members of the BNP standing committee, the highest policymaking body of the party, sat in an emergency meeting at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office to discuss the evolving situation following the oath-taking by Zahid.
Apart from Fakhrul, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mahbubur Rahman, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were present at the meeting.
Party acting chairman Tarique Rahman joined the meeting from London through Skype.
The meeting expressed deep shock over the death of senior journalist Mahfuz Ullah who died at a hospital in Thailand this morning at the age of 69.
BNP MP-elect Zahidur Rahman Zahid of was sworn in on Thursday.
With Zahidur's oath taking, 295 MPs-elect out of 300 in the 11th parliamentary polls have so far been sworn in.
Now only five BNP MPs-elect, including Fakhrul, are left to take oath. As per the constitution, they must be sworn in by April 29 if they want to remain members of the current parliament.