Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged that their chairperson Khaleda Zia was taken to the makeshift court in Old Dhaka Central Jail ‘by force’.
He came up with the allegation while speaking at a discussion titled ‘EVM Boycott, National Election and Political Alliance’. Nagorik Oikya arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club.
“Most of our lawyers didn’t go inside the court in the jail today (Wednesday). A few lawyers who had been there said the court was set up in a small and dark room where there’s no siting arrangement,” Fakhrul said.
He further said, “Our leader (Khaleda) was taken there (court) in a wheelchair by force. She told the court to hold the trial keeping her in the jail room as she won’t get justice.”
On Tuesday, the government issued a gazette notification about shifting the makeshift court at Bakshibazar Alia Madrasah premises to Old Dhaka Central Jail to hold the trial of Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
As the trial proceedings in Zia Charitable Trust graft case in the newly set up makeshift court in the jail began, the authorities brought Khaleda to the court in a wheelchair around 12:15pm.
Fakhrul said it is unbelievable that the trial of Khaleda Zia’s case is being held in a small room of an abandoned jail. “It’s violation of the constitution and the existing law. We strongly condemn it.”
Referring to a newspaper report, he alleged that the government has been filing many ‘ghostly cases’ to implicate BNP leaders and activists in those ahead of the national election.
The main objective of such cases is to hold a lopsided election keeping opposition leaders and activists out of the race.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday said there is a great possibility that the next general election will be held on December 27 next.
“…there’s a good chance for holding the upcoming national election on December 27. I’ve discussed with the Election Commission and they’ve informed me that they’re proposing a date like this,” he said.
The finance minister was replying to queries from reporters after Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury met him at the Secretariat.
“If you look at the dates in December, there remain two or three days for holding the election due to some special days like the Victory Day, Christmas and so on. So, the chance of holding the election on December 27 is huge,” he further said.
Muhith also said the date can be known once the Election Commission announces the election schedule.
Asked about the election-time government, he said there will be ministers from all political parties having representation in parliament in the interim small government like the last one.
He also said there will be no representative from BNP or civil society in the government.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - BNP on Wednesday announced a two-day countrywide programme demanding its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.
The programme includes holding of an hour-long human chain on September 10 and a two-hour long token hunger strike on September 12.
Besides, the party will stage demonstrations across the country, including the in capital, on September 8 protesting the shifting of the makeshift court on Bakshibazar Alia Madrasah premises to Old Dhaka Central Jail to hold the trial of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against Khaleda.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
“We’ve brought some changes in our action programmes we announced at noon. We’re now announcing a three-day revised programme,” he said.
The BNP leader said they shifted their human chain programme to September 10 from September 8.
As per the revised programmes, he said their party leaders and activists will form human chains in all metropolitan cities and district towns from 11 am to 12 pm on September 10.
In Dhaka, Rizvi said, the human chain programme will be held in front of the Jatiya Press Club on the same day and same time.
Besides, he said, the party will observe a token hunger strike in all metropolitan cities and all district towns from 10 am 12 noon on September 12.
The BNP leader also said they have sought permission from the authorities of Mohanagar Natya Mancha and the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh to get any of the venues to hold their token hunger strike programme.
Earlier at a press conference at noon, Rizvi announced a two-day programme, including human chain on September 8 and the hunger strike on September 12.
On February 8 last, a special court sentenced Khaleda to five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Khaleda, a 73-year-old former prime minister, was taken to the old central jail minutes after the verdict was delivered.
Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) – Jukta Front Chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Tuesday said the Prime Minister’s remarks at her press conference on the leaders of their alliance and Gano Forum were not decent ones.
“Though the remarks deserve a reply, but it’s not necessary right now,” he said in a statement.
B Chowdhury, however, greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the part of her speech at the press conference that contained positive remarks over the alliance between Jukta Front and Gano Forum.
“We want to see the Prime Minister’s positive remarks effective ones through the government’s efforts to manifest democratic attitude in its action,” he added.
The former president urged the government to take steps for formation of an election-time neutral government, neutral Election Commission and dissolution of parliament at least two months before the polls.
The former President also called upon the government to release all the political prisoners and not to obstruct any political meeting, rally and campaign. “We hope no attempt will be made to thwart our efforts to forge a greater unity among the democratic forces.”
B Chowdhury, also the president of Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh, suggested the government to deploy the armed forces (with magistracy power) for total 40 days--from 30 days before the election to 10 days after the polls--to maintain law and order for the sake of a fair election.
Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) - BNP on Tuesday alleged that the government is conspiring to create a communal division in the country to fish in troubled waters.
“Obaidul Quader (AL general secretary) recently said a communal plot is on in the name of national unity, and the situation will be horrible if BNP comes to power. It indicates a plot has been launched by the government to create a communal division,” said party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The ruling party is trying to create a chaos in society by destroying the communal harmony to fish in troubled waters.”
The BNP leader said when the communal unity and harmony are very strong in society, the Awami League general secretary suddenly came up with such a comment in a planned way to push people to the path of communal division. “We think the government is trying to make a communal provocation to destroy social stability in Bangladesh.”
Rizvi said the days of this government are numbered, no matter what plots it hatches. “The government must quit and hold a fair election as it is a demand of the mass people.”
He alleged that the government has arrested their party’s over 400 leaders and activists over the last two to three days centring their its founding anniversary.
The BNP leader strongly protested and denounced the arrest of their party men, and demanded the government release them immediately.