Dhaka, June 6 (UNB) - Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday said they are working to expand their alliance to intensify their ongoing movement to “restore democracy”.
“Our goal is to forge a strong unity of people and other likeminded political parties. We’re working on it,” he said while exchanging greetings with leaders and activists of Gonoforum at his Bailey Road residence.
The Gonoforum chief said they believe such unity “is imperative to get rid of the undemocratic situation”.
Dr Kamal said the country’s people are being deprived of a democratic system.
“Our goal is to restore democracy and give back people the control of the country as soon as possible. We’ll intensify our movement to reach our goal in the interest of the country and its people,” he said.
The Oikyafront chief said they are thinking of strengthening their movement by this year consolidating their unity to ensure ‘genuine’ democracy and realise their all the justified demands.
He also said an anarchic situation has been prevailing in the country with the growing incidents of rape and killing of women for lack of democracy. “People are also going through immense sufferings. So, there’s no alternative to genuine democracy.”
As his attention was drawn to a speculation over a possible split in Oikyafront, Dr Kamal said there is no rift in their alliance. “We’re going to sit at a meeting on June 12 to work out our strategy to take to the streets cementing our unity.”
About Oikyafront leader Kader Siddique’s ultimatum to quit the alliance by June 8, Dr Kamal said they have already talked to him in this regard elaborately, “We hope we’ll be able to reach a positive decision on June 12.”
Asked what they will do if the government does not accept their demand for holding a national election promptly, he said they are devising their plans to realise their demand.
At one stage of the programme, Gonoforum ex-general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu joined it and exchanged greetings with the party leaders.
Dr Kamal warmly received Montu, and wished him Eid Mubarak.
Replying to a question whether there is a distance between Gonoforum and Montu, party executive president Subrata Chowdhury blamed media for creating such hype.
Then Dr Kamal said, “You (journalists) have created it and now you can remove it.”
Montu, who escaped Gonoforum’s special council, was later made party’s executive committee member while Reza Kibria was appointed party’s new general secretary.
Dhaka, June 5 (UNB)– BNP on Wednesday slammed the government for creating confusion over the sighting of the moon and said it happened for the lack of good governance.
“What happen yesterday (over moon sighting) is I think an outcome of the lack of good governance in the country,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Talking to reporters after paying homage to BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, he said, “They (government) first announced by 8:30pm that the moon was not sighted and Eid will be celebrated on Thursday.
“Later, the state minister for religion came up with amended announcement around 11pm saying the moon had been sighted.”
The BNP leader alleged that two different announcements over the Eid day confused people.
“People need preparation for Eid and its prayers but the government is least bothered about people’s necessity and their sufferings. I think those incidents are happening the for lack of good governance in the country.”
Fakhrul also alleged that there is no joy of Eid in the houses of lakhs of people because thousands of democratic leaders and activists are on the run facing false cases. They could not go to their homes even on this Eid day.
He also said the country’s farmers cannot celebrate the Eid and festivity as they could not sell their paddy at fair prices. “So there’s no joy in their house well.”
The BNP leader said many holidaymakers were killed and injured in road accidents on their way to village home while many others could not go to their ancestral homes because of passport crisis.
Fakhrul said their party leaders and activists are also passing the Eid days with heavy hearts as Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail.
He also said that though BNP’s senior leaders sought permission from the jail authorities to meet Khaleda on Eid day, they were not allowed to do so.
Khaleda Zia was sent to jail on Feb 8 last year after being found guilty of corruption in two cases. She has been receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for various physical problems since April 1 last.
He said the jail authority only gave permission to seven family members to meet Khelada Zia.
The BNP leaders alleged that the authorities have violated the jail code by not allowing BNP’s senior leaders to meet their Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Fakhrul, along with party senior leaders, went to Zia’s grave around 11am and placed flowers.
Dhaka, June 3 (UNB) - The existing committee of BNP’s student body Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was dissolved on Monday night.
A BNP press release signed by BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the new committee of JCD will be formed within the next 45 days based on the opinions of its councillors.
It said those who will contest for different posts of JCD will have to be primary members, students of any educational institution of Bangladesh and must pass SSC and equivalent examination after 2000.
The press release also said the schedule of the JCD’s council will be announced later.
On October 14, 2014, JCD’s last committee was formed making Rajib Ahsan its president and Akramul Hasan its general secretary.
Dhaka, June 3 (UNB) – Noting that there should be ‘working understanding’ in any democracy, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday urged politicians to refrain from using toxic words against each other that deteriorate bilateral relations.
“We the politicians use venomous words at each other which destroys the atmosphere. We should bring a behavioural change in us,” he said while talking to reporters at the Secretariat in the afternoon.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said many problems can be resolved if there is working understanding. “Heated words and behaviour sometimes lead to deterioration in relations among us.”
Turning to BNP, he said the party has turned into a ‘failed’ opposition party. “They (BNP) call the government a failed one whereas they’re a complete failed opposition party,” he said.
About Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain’s demand for releasing BNP chairperson Khaleda before Eid, the minister said, “BNP has the right to get space as a political party. But were they able to create such pressure on the government as an opposition party over different issues, including Khaleda’s release?”
“BNP is a major political party of the country and Khaleda Zia was Prime Minister of the country for several terms. But were they able to create much pressure on the government and the court? I haven’t yet got the answer from them,” he added.
On Sunday, Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain demanded the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and other political prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr.
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.