Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – BNP on Monday alleged that the government is controlling the judiciary through its politicisation for hanging onto power.
“Since it came to power in 2008, Awami League politicised the judiciary in a cunning way to ensure its absolute power. Now there’s no independence of the judiciary as it has been regulated by the government,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He also alleged that the ruling party has turned Bangladesh into a “failed state” with its efforts to establish one-party fascist rule by politicising the judiciary, the last resort of people for justice.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office protesting a Pabna court’s recent verdict sentencing nine BNP activists to death and jailing 25 others for life, for attacking a train carrying then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in 1994.
Fakhrul said their party is always against any form of terrorism and it wants the proper trial of any such incident. “But Awami League is using such incidents for making political gains.”
He claimed that no one was injured in the train attack carried out around 25 years back during BNP’s rule, but BNP leaders almost at all levels have been implicated and convicted in the case filed over the incident. “This verdict is contrary to justice and politically motivated. We strongly condemn and protest it.”
The BNP leader alleged that the government is completing all the preparations for “deporting democracy” from Bangladesh forever to cement its power by destroying all the democratic institutions.
He said the Pabna court delivered the verdict in the case which was pending with the High Court.
Besides, Fakhrul said local Awami League leader Aminul Islam, who had been arrested from the spot and made the number one accused, was given only life term jail while nine BNP men were given capital punishment.
He said the current parliament is not elected as Awami League took the results of the 11th parliamentary election in its favour by force using the state machinery. “That’s why no state organ is now accountable to people and an anarchic situation has been created in all the institutions, including the judiciary.”
Fakhrul urged the government to hold a participatory and credible national election under a neutral administration annulling the results of the last general election to form an elected government and parliament.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said though no one was killed in the Pabna incident, nine people were given death sentence. “We the lawyers never saw such a verdict in the past.”
He said the verdict exposed that the country’s judiciary has collapsed in absence of the rule of law.
Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – Nearly eight months after its formation, Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront faces a split as its partner Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) on Monday quit the alliance.
KSJL president Abdul Kader Siddiqui came up with the announcement at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club.
He said his party has decided to leave Oikyafront ‘as the alliance has become inactive after the 11th parliamentary election.
“There’s no visible existence of Jatiya Oikyafront after the national election. It has also failed to focus on any national problem,” he said.
Kader also said their party will now start a new journey with fresh vigour to stand beside people during their all problems forgetting the thought for finding out the existence of the Oikyafront.
Replying to a question, he said KSJL is pulling out from the Oikyafront since the alliance has no visible activities now.
On October 13, BNP, Gonoforum, Nagorik Oikya, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Jatiya Oikya Prokriya floated an anti-government alliance, Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Kamal Hossain ahead of the 11th parliamentary election. KSJL formally joined Jatiya Oikyafront on November 5, 2018 aiming to ensure an acceptable national election in the country.
The alliance took part in the December-30 national election using BNP’s election symbol, the Sheaf of Paddy, but only got eight seats--BNP six and Gonoforum two.
Asked who are responsible for Oikyafront being dysfunctional, Kader Siddiqui said, “All the leaders of Oikyafront, including me, are more or less responsible for it.”
He, however, said he may work with Oikyafront leaders in the future for establishing a pure democracy in the country. “We’ll try to work with all the democracy-loving and like-mined parties of the country.”
The KSJL president said though the election was held under the Oikyafront, Dr Kamal was not given leadership to finalise the nomination of the alliance candidates. “The nomination was given from former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office under the leadership of BNP. It was against the principle of formation of the Oikyafront.”
He said it was the right decision of turning down the national election and demanding a fresh election.
Kader criticised Gonoforum and BNP MPs-elect for taking oath backing off from the alliance’s decision.
He also alleged that Oikyafront could not stand beside people on different national issues, including Feni’s Nusrat murder, Barguna’s Rifar murder and farmer’s deprivation of fair price of paddy.
Earlier on May 9, Kader Siddiqui threatened to quit the Oikyafront by a month if inconsistencies were not removed from the alliance.
On June 10, a steering committee of the alliance sat in a meeting to resolve the problem, but it ended without any solution only urging the KSJL president to take more time.
Dhaka, July 7 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday warned the government that the consequences will be dire if it does not rescind its gas-price hike decision.
“It’s an anti-people government which lacks the mandate of people. I would like to say still there’s time to accept people’s demand (of revoking gas price hike move),” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The consequences will be dire if good sense doesn’t prevail upon the government.”
The BNP leader also said people’s movement will spread in the form of wildfire someday to force the government to quit.
Rizvi criticised Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader for urging people to accept the gas-price hike decision. “People have to accept if you hold a unilateral election at midnight and rig votes through EVM. People will also have to accept if you raise the tariffs of gas and power. But who’re you?
He also said there is no difference between the attitude of the government and the robbers as it is ‘snatching’ people’s rights, money and ‘grabbing’ their wealth.
The BNP leader said their party extended support to the left parties’ half-day hartal as it was enforced in the interest of people. “BNP will support any programmes to be announced for protecting people’s interests.’”
He alleged that the government has intensified its repressive acts further by using the law enforcers to cling to power. “The government has been on a spree of filing false cases as there’s no good governance, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.”
Rizvi strongly condemned the arrest of their party’s some leaders on Friday and Saturday from in front of their Nayapaltan central office.
He demanded the government immediately release the arrested party leaders and withdraw the ‘false’ cases filed against them.
Dhaka, July 7 (UNB) – Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said hartal has lost its appeal as people hardly respond to such programmes.
The minister came up with the remark as left-leaning political parties observed a half-day hartal today protesting the hike in gas prices.
“Gas price hike is realistic as the authorities concerned have to give subsidy despite the rise in its prices,” he said while speaking at a press briefing after a presidium meeting of the ruling Awami League at its office.
Talking about the AL rebel candidates of local government election, the Awami League general secretary said, “Punitive action will be taken against those involved in breaching party discipline, and a decision will be taken in this regard at its working committee meeting.”
The meeting also discussed the month-long programme ahead of August 15, preparations for its next national council and others.
The drive for collecting AL members will start on July 21 but discussion will be held with the Prime Minister before that, he said.
Education Minister Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, were, among others, present at the press briefing.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), a platform of left-leaning political parties, will enforce a half-day nationwide hartal on Sunday protesting the recent hike in gas prices.
The alliance announced the shutdown programme on July 1, a day after the prices of gas were raised.
Meanwhile, BNP on Friday extended its moral support to the shutdown programme.
The decision was taken at a meeting of BNP standing committee members at the party chief’s Gulshan office.
Dr Kamal Hossain-led Gonoform and ASM Abdur Rab-led Jatiya Samjtantrik Dal also extended their support to the hartal.
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports also expressed its solidarity with the movement against the hike in gas prices.
On June 30 last, the government raised the gas prices by 32.8 percent on average for the retail consumers in the country with effect from July 1.