Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said their party will come up with ‘suitable action programmes’ under the banner of Jatiya Oikya to ensure the current government’s ‘fall’.
“People have got united over our five demands. Proper action programmes will be given through the national unity process to ensure the fall of the current government,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “The situation will determine the nature of our programmes. You’ll witness many changes in the next one month.”
‘Chetonai Bangladesh’, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) on the next general election.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the entire nation is now united to oust the current regime.
He said though the government is conspiring to harm the national unity process, it will be strengthened further in the days to come. “There’s no alternative to the national unity to unseat an autocratic government. That’s why we must unite all democratic parties, their leaders and the people of all walks of life to realise our demands.”
The BNP leader warned that the government will not be able to hold a lopsided election this time, no matter how much unilateral election campaigns it carries out.
Moudud alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in an interview with Voice of America in the USA gave untrue information that a congenial atmosphere has been prevailing in Bangladesh for the next polls. “There's no minimum environment for any general election in the country.”
He accused the government of taking ‘evil plan’ to destroy the election atmosphere in the country with the wholesale arrest of BNP leaders and activists at all levels and filing of cases against them.
The BNP leader said their party’s senior leaders, including him, were made accused in a ‘factious’ case with Hatirjheel Police Station.
He said the government does not want minimum election atmosphere to prevail in the country for a fair balloting as it has a bad intention of holding another lopsided election keeping BNP out of the race.
Moudud, also a former law minister, said the government is confusing people with its statement that an election-time government will be formed before the polls as per the constitution. “There’s nothing mentioned in the constitution about election-time government. They’re talking about it only to mislead people.”
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday accused the government of playing double standard over the quota issue and voiced doubt about the implementation of the decision of abolishing quota for the first and second class public jobs.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that the government is behind the demonstration by freedom fighters’ children demanding that the 30 percent quota privileges be retained for them in government jobs.
“Students waged a movement seeking reform in quota system, not its elimination. Even after that, a decision was taken to abolish quota. Now the children and grandchildren of freedom fighters have been brought to the streets. It’s their (govt’s) double standard.”
The BNP leader further said, “Ultimately, they (govt) won’t allow implementation of the decision on quota cancellation.”
On Wednesday, the Cabinet approved a proposal for abolishing the existing quota system in the recruitment process of first and second class government jobs.
Referring to a demonstration by the children and grandchildren of freedom fighters at Shahbagh, Rizvi said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself asked them to wage the movement. “The government brought them to the streets with an open declaration.”
Rizvi alleged that the government has taken the quota issue as a challenge, and it is now trying to confuse people resorting to tricks. “The government is doing everything necessary not to implement it (abolishment of quota).”
He urged the Prime Minister to shun its role of double standard and not to confuse people with its tricks.
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s comments defending the Digital Security Bill, 2018, the BNP leader questioned as to why the Prime Minister is so enthusiastic about such a law. “The police have been given unbridled power to enter newspaper offices, seize their documents and arrest them (journalists). There’s no such example in any other democratic countries.”
Rizvi said also questioned the justification of the Digital Security Bill, 2018 since there are customary laws to take action if any one publishes any false information.
He also voiced concern that people will be subjected to harassment for publishing authentic information abusing the Digital Security Bill. “Voters have the right to cast votes in favour of truth. But voters now can’t exercise this right, and journalists will lose the right to write it once the law is put in place.”
The BNP leader said the government has got the bill passed so that journalists cannot write about the government’s misdeeds and corruption.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – Jukta Front, led by AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, has decided to hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the third week of this month.
Senior leaders of the platform took the decision at a meeting at Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh secretary general Abdul Mannan's Gulshan house on Tuesday night.
After the meeting, B Chowdhury told reporters that they decided to hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the third week of the current month.
He said they elaborately discussed various issues, including intensifying the activities of their alliance.
B Chowdhury, also the president of Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh, said they gave Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna the responsibility for holding talks with BNP to forge a unity.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Rob) president ASM Abdur Rob, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, JSD general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan and BDB joint general secretary Mahi B Chowdhury were, among others, present at the meeting.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – As part of its countrywide programme, BNP on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the office of Dhaka’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) to press for the party’s seven-point demand, including the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
A delegation of Dhaka district unit of BNP, led by party executive committee member Nipun Roy, submitted the memorandum to the DC office at the old part of the city around noon.
On behalf of the DC, additional district magistrate Quazi Nahid Raushon received the memorandum.
On Sunday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir from their Suhrawardy Udyan Rally announced a two-day programme, including submission of a memorandum to all the deputy commissioners across the country today, and observing the same programme in all cities on Thursday.
The party’s all the city units will submit a memorandum to the divisional commissioners tomorrow (Thursday) to force the government to meet their demands.
The party’s other demands include formation of a neutral election-time government before the announcement of the election, withdrawal of all the ‘false’ cases filed against Khaleda, party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, and all other political prisoners, dissolution of parliament, resignation of the government, deployment of army at all the polling stations with magistracy power for ensuring fair balloting, assurance of not using EVMs in the election and reconstitution of the Election Commission.
Khaleda was sent to jail on February 8 last as a special court convicted her and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday urged the people of the country to accept the good aspects of satellite culture excluding the evil sides.
The President was speaking as chief guest in the inaugural ceremony of International Folk Festival 2018 at Muktarpara field of Netrokona organised by Greater Mymensingh Cultural Forum.
President Abdul Hamid said “Do not get influenced by the cheap trend of satellite culture. Rather, you will have to accept the good aspects of it and you will have to exclude the evil sides.”
“Information-technology has affected everyone's life in the village and city. The whole world has become a village because of the free flow of information. As a result, the sky culture is now reality. The influence of the culture of different countries and nations is spreading very fast. The cultural pattern is also changing at the same pace,” the President said.
The President stressed on the need for establishing an international institution for preserving folk culture. He said “The precious components of folk culture which is now scattered should be preserved in an organised way. An international standard folk culture institution should be established for the preservation of folk culture.”
He added "I am happy hear that the Cultural Forum has already taken a timely step to establish this type of institution with the collaboration of cultural ministry.”
The President said “This international folk festival will intensify the relationship among the local and foreign researchers and artists and play a vital role in developing this region’s history, heritage and lifestyle. This festival will be considered as a milestone in the national history.”
Calling upon the countrymen to spread own culture abroad, he said “There are various components of our culture across the country. You should collect these and will have to spread those abroad. I hope that many people including poets, writers, dramatists, producers, collectors, researchers, and institutions will come forward in this regard.”
Visva-Bharati University Professor Sabuj Koli Sen, and Dinesh Chandra Sen's great grand-daughter Debkanya Sen were also present in the programme.
Renowned folk researcher Jatin Sarker presented the keynote speech in the programme chaired by Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy, Chief Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Affairs in the Prime Minister's Office Abul Kalam Azad were present.
Earlier, the President laid the foundation of Sheikh Kamal IT Training and Incubation Centre in the district.