Dhaka, May 7 (UNB) – In the absence of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, BNP hosted an iftar party on her behalf for orphan students and alem-ulema (Islamic scholars) on Tuesday, the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The programme was held at the city’s Ladies Club with the participation of nearly 200 orphans and some alem-ulema.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and party standing committee members received the guests and exchanged pleasantries with them.
Khaleda used to take iftar with orphans and alem-ulema on the first day of Ramadan every year.
Khaleda was sent to jail on February 8, 2018 as she was convicted in a graft case. The BNP chief was shifted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on April 1 last due to her illness.
Prior to the iftar, a munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for Khaleda’s early recovery and her release from jail.
Apart from Fakhrul, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury joined the iftar party.
Dhaka, May 7 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday urged people to get united against autocracy and restore healthy politics in the country.
“In an autocratic system, the rule of law and freedom of speech are obliterated while the nation’s progress is hampered due to corruption, plundering and politicisation,” he said.
Speaking at Gonoforum standing committee’s meeting at its central office, Dr Kamal further said, “Autocracy also destroys economy, state institutions, and civilisation. So, we must unite people and forge a national unity against autocracy.”
He said it is impossible to establish good governance without healthy politics. “As people are the owners of the country, we must unite them to restore healthy politics and free the nation from an individual’s rule.”
Dr Kamal Hossain asked his party colleagues to strengthen their organisation at the grassroots level involving people and identifying their problems.
Gonoforum general secretary Dr Reza Kibria, executive presidents Prof Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury and party MP Mokabbir Khan, among others, spoke at the programme.
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday voiced deep concern over Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent reported remark in London about Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment, saying it will erode people’s confidence in the judiciary.
In a statement, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the Prime Minister, during her address to Awami League leaders and activists in London, expressed strong resentment over Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.
“I voice deep concern over what she said about our leader’s release. If Khaleda Zia’s release depends on Prime Minister’s will, then it’s not only a matter of worry but also an indication for a bad future of the country and its people,” he said.
On Friday last, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said, “The Prime Minister’s statement has gone viral on Facebook as she asked her party activists to tell Tarique (BNP acting chairman) that his mother won’t be able to come out of jail if he does excesses.”
Fakhrul said the Prime Minister’s statement has exposed there is no democracy in the country as a one-party rule has been established here.
“The Prime Minister’s such remark will create a deficit of trust in public about the judiciary, which is their last resort, and it’ll ultimately lead to anarchy in society,” he added.
The BNP leader alleged that the entire nation has got anxious with Sheik Hasina’s such comment. “I strongly protest and condemn it.”
Dhaka, May 6 (UNB) – Though his brother HM Ershad is criticised for running his party whimsically, Jatiya Party acting chairman GM Quader on Monday promised that he will lead the party respecting the opinions of its rank and file.
Speaking at a reception programme, he also said he will do politics with a mentality to serve people for bringing a qualitative change in politics.
Jatiya Jubo Sanghati accorded the reception to GM Quader at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office as he was made the party acting chairman.
“I’m here to do politics with a mentality to serve people, not to establish my authority. So, I don’t want to run the party unilaterally. I’ll take major party decisions based on opinions of all,” he said.
Earlier on Saturday night, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad appointed GM Quader as the party acting chairman as he cannot carry out its activities due to his illness.
Addressing a press conference, he also announced that his younger brother will discharge the responsibilities of Jatiya Party chairman in his absence.
GM Quader said he will work for strengthening Jatiya Party and giving it a strong footing with the cooperation of party leaders and activists. “We want to bring a qualitative change in politics.”
He said politics cannot be a means of business. “Politicians shouldn’t do politics to make personal gains.”
GM Quader said he will consult party leaders at all levels to properly run it.
Replying to a question, he also said there is no rift in the Jatiya Party over its leadership.
Dhaka, May 6 (UNB) – Andaleeve Rahman Partha, chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), one of the key partners of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, on Monday quit the coalition for various reason, including swearing in by seven MPs-elect of Jatiya Oikyafront.
“We’ve left the 20-party alliance for a few reasons. BNP has now become too much Oikyafront oriented, while the 20-party has now become a platform only to express solidarity with BNP’s decisions,” Partha told UNB over phone.
He said BNP together with 20-party turned down the December-30 ‘farcical’ election. “Like the country’s people, our party got stunned as Oikyafront’s seven MPs-elect took oath. BNP didn’t consult the 20-party partners about its decision to join parliament.”
Partha said their party thinks BNP and Oikyafront have lost moral rights to reject the December-30 election of ‘vote robbery’ as their MPs-elect were sworn in.
“So, considering the current political situation, BJP has decided to come out of all the political activities of the 20-party.”
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia formed the four-party alliance with Jamaat, Jatiya Party and Islami Oikya Jote in 1997.
However, the Ershad-led Jatiya Party did not join the election in alliance with BNP in 2001.
As the BNP-led alliance got a massive victory in 2001 election, then Jatiya Party secretary general Naziur Rahman Manzur, Partha’s father, quit the party and joined the four-parry alliance floating new party BJP.
After his father’s death in 2008, Partha took the helm of BJP and played an active role as a top leader of the 20-party.