Dhaka, Jun 3 (UNB) – BNP on Monday termed mockery Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader’s comment that this year's eid will be the most comfortable one in the country’s history.
“We would like to say this eid will be the most painful one as the country’s most popular leader has been kept in jail by force. Farmers don’t have the joy of eid as they were deprived of fair prices of paddy while the teachers of many schools and madrasas are also not in euphoric mood of eid as they’re yet to get salary and bonus,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he also said shopping malls across the country are not witnessing the rush of customers ahead of eid as people have not enough money for shopping.
The BNP leader said several crore youths remained unemployed while around 50 lakh opposition leaders and activists are either in jail or on the run to avoid arrest in ‘false’ cases. “They don’t have the joy of eid. So, Obaidul Quader’s remark about the most comfortable eid is serious mockery to repressed people.”
Rizvi voiced deep concern over Rab Director General Benazir Ahmed’s comment that around 300 out of 512 militants arrested by the elite force since the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in 2016 were released on bail, and most of them have gone into hiding.
“The entire nation is stunned over the Rab DG’s comment. We know the lower court is completely under the government’s control while opposition and human rights activists and even lawyers don’t get bail from it. So, how the dangerous militants are securing bail from the government controlled lower court?” he said.
The BNP leader said people have long been suspecting whether the government is staging a drama in planned way in the name of drive against militants. “The Rab DG’s remark has deepened it further.”
He also questioned as to how the militates are going into hiding coming out of jail since BNP leaders and activists are being rearrested at jail gates minutes after their release on bail.
Dhaka, Jun 2 (UNB) – BNP, on behalf of its jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia, on Sunday provided eid gifts to the relatives of its leaders who remain ‘missing’ for a long time.
Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir handed over the gifts to the relatives of the missing BNP leaders at Khaleda’s Gulshan office.
In a brief address, Fakhrul said, “We would like to say you (relatives) don’t feel you’re alone. There’s no reason to think we’ve forgotten you.”
He said their party is always with the families and relatives of BNP leaders who were made ‘disappeared’. “We’re on a movement together with people to end your sufferings, and we’ll surely turn victorious.”
Fakhrul also urged the guardians to take necessary steps so that the children of their party’s missing leaders get proper education.
He assured the guardians of providing all-out support from their party to ensure good education for their children.
Earlier, Fakhrul together with party standing committee members took iftar with the family members of around 30 BNP leaders who were reportedly made ‘disappeared’ at different times.
BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman exchanged greetings with the missing party leaders’ relatives and enquired about their present condition through videoconferencing.
Party standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mahbubur Rahman, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were present.
Dhaka, Jun 2 (UNB) - BNP has finally kept trust in its former MP GM Siraj by allocating the party election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ for him to contest the by-election to Bogura-6 parliamentary seat.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday handed over a party letter to GM Siraj at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office nominating him as the candidate of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ for the by polls.
Siraj, also BNP’s Bogura district unit convener, got the party’s letter just a day before the schedule for the distribution of symbols by the returning officer.
On April 30, the parliamentary seat was declared vacant as Fakhrul did not to take oath of office though he was elected MP from the constituency in the December-30 polls.
The by-polls to the Bogura-6 constituency will be held on June 24, according to a schedule announced by the Election Commission on May 8.
As per the by-polls schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination paper is May 23, while the date for scrutinising nomination paper is May 27 and the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is June 3.
The eight-hour balloting period will begin at 9am instead of 8am in the by-election while Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in all the polling stations of the constituency.
Dhaka, June 2 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain and its general secretary Reza Kibria on Sunday demanded the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and other political prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr.
In a message on the occasion of eid, they said, “We demand that former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and all other political prisoners be freed before the eid.”
The Gonoforum leaders also urged the government to withdraw all the ‘false’ cases and stop repression by police so that all can celebrate the eid with their family members.
They greeted the country’s people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
“The people of all communities in the country enjoy the eid with their limited ability. This is our tradition and it’ll remain in the future as well,” the Gonoforum leaders said.
Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on June 5 or June 6 subject to Shawwal moon sighting.
Dhaka, June 1 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday demanded the release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail before the Eid-ul-Fitr on humanitarian ground.
“The Prime Minister’s target was to hang onto power through vote robbery by sending Khaleda Zia to jail. You (PM) have already completed your tasks. So, what’s the necessity to keep her (Khaleda) in jail now?” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “Begum Zia is sick. I demand her release freed before the eid on humanitarian ground.”
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, also warned the government that people are getting ready to take to the streets to have Khaleda released from jail. “All the fascist regimes in the past had to quit in the face of mass anger. You’ll also meet the same fate.”
Bangladesh Jatiya Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 38th death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.
On February 8, 2018, Khaleda was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail as she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She has been receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) since April 1.
Stating that various plots are on to destroy BNP, Mosharraf urged the party leaders and workers to work for strengthening their organisational strength following the party constitution.
“The government is carrying out various campaigns that BNP is facing disunity and various internal problems. We would like to say BNP is as strong as it was in the past. Our leaders and activists are also united under the leadership of Khaleda Zia,” he said.
The BNP leader also bemoaned that morality and truth is now getting defeated to greed and falsehood. “Under the circumstances, we must hold the ideals of our party founder Ziaur Rahman to restore democracy in and the country.”