Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) – Jatiya Party MP Md Rustam Ali Farazi on Monday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will have to take a very tough stance against corruption and win the fight against the menace this time.
“You’ll see the touch of corruption wherever you keep your hands. The Prime Minister has made a specific announcement to stamp out it. We agree with this announcement. Although it’s tough to implement it, we need to succeed in this tough task. The Prime Minister has to be very tough this time,” he said.
The JaPa MP from Pirojpur-3 constituency was delivering his speech on the thanksgiving motion on President’s speech.
He said those days are now gone that the Prime Minister will bear the burden of ministers’ corruption and he does not believe that those days will return on the soil of Bangladesh.
Farazi who contested the national election for eight times since 1986 said he practises honest politics and remains open to any probe against him.
Describing Bangladesh’s massive development in various sectors under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said there are challenges ahead, too for the current government.
He mentioned smooth implementation of sustainable development goals, fight against militancy, terrorism and drugs, and curbing corruption as key challenges that need to be addressed working together.
The JaPa MP said people voted in favour of development and peace as they do not want any deviation from the peaceful environment.
Khulna, Feb 4 (UNB) – Former MP and party’s executive committee member Ali Asghar Lobi has quit BNP on health grounds.
Lobi, also ex-president of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and former convener of Khulna city unit BNP, sent his resignation letter to BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on January 24 last, his personal secretary Farhin Akhter told local reporters on Monday.
In the resignation letter, she said, Lobi mentioned that he decided to quit politics as he has been suffering from various diseases.
Lobi was elected MP in the by-election to the Khulna-2 constituency, vacated by BNP chairperson Khaleda in the 2001 election.
He was an influential leader of BNP during the party’s rule from 2001-2006 due to his close ties with Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman.
Lobi was arrested by the joint forces on February 6, 2007 during the 1/11 political changeover, and got released on bail early 2009. Later, he became inactive in politics.
Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday alleged that BNP leaders are making unguarded remarks about the 11th parliamentary election as the party has fallen into a deep ditch of negative politics.
“BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront leaders are making abortive efforts to make the election controversial. In fact, BNP has plunged into a deep ditch of negative politics,” he said.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, further said, “They (BNP leaders) are making various remarks on the elections as they wish since they’ve got desperate out of their failures.”
He came up with the remarks while inaugurating the sale of nomination papers among party aspirants for the first-phase Upazila Parishad elections at Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's Dhanmondi political office.
Quader said there are controversies both at home and abroad over the national election while the leaders of the civilised and democratic countries greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the massive victory.
He said the United Nations expressed its willingness to work together with the government. “So, there’s no controversy and question anywhere over the election.”
He said their local government election steering committee will announce the names of the AL nominated candidates on February 8.
According to the Election Commission (EC), elections to 87 upazila parishads will be held on March 10 in the first phase.
Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) – BNP on Monday alleged that the incident of long imprisonment of an innocent person like Jaha Alam has exposed the country’s ‘criminal administration’.
“Innocent Jaha Alam had been in jail for 1092 days only because of a political role of the Awami League government-backed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC),” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The ACC’s role in the long imprisonment of Jaha Alam is unprecedentedly despicable. This incident has exposed a picture of the country’s criminal administration.”
Rizvi also alleged that a ‘criminal economy’ has taken a serious turn in the country due to pampering by the ACC.
Jute mill worker Jaha Alam, who had been languishing in jail since February 2016 instead of the real accused in 26 corruption cases, was released from Kashimpur Central Jail-2 in Gazipur early Monday following a High Court order.
He was arrested in cases filed by the ACC for misappropriating huge Sonali Bank money while the real accused, Abu Salek, is roaming free.
Rizvi alleged that the high officials of the current ACC are nothing, but the tyrannical machine to implement the government's vengeance.
He alleged that the anti-graft watchdog has become inhuman by indulging in unjust acts to desperately suppress opposition political forces.
“Innocent and helpless people are not spared from the inhumanity of getting implicated in false cases by the ACC. It’s long been working with fierce virulence to capture the democratic forces in the chain of subordination only to meet the demands of the government. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, acting chairman Tarique Rahman and many of its leaders have been brutally subjected to the ACC’s such acts,” Rizvi observed
He also said Jaha Alam was imprisoned instead of the real offender due to the ACC’s such ‘evil practice’.
The BNP leader also alleged that the anti-graft watchdog could not even touch the hair of those who involved in ‘mega corruption’ over the last 10 years.
“Many of the minister and advisers of Awami League who are allegedly involved in corruption of thousands of crore taka could not have roamed freely with immense power and influence, had the ACC taken any action against them,” he added.
Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) – BNP on Monday postponed its scheduled public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on February 8 due to the ongoing Ekushey Book Fair.
Instead of the public rally, the party will now hold a protest rally at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on the same day, marking the 1st anniversary of jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case.
Besides, the party’s different units across the country will hold similar programmes across the country the following day.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the announcement at a press conference at the party’s Nayaplatan central office.
“We had earlier announced to hold a rally at Suhrwardy Udyan on February 8 demanding the release of our chairperson Khaleda Zia and our arrested other party leaders and activists. We’ve postponed it due to the Book Fair. We’ve decided to stage a protest rally on the same day at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh,” he said.
Earlier on January 29, the party announced to hold the public rally in the city.
On February 8, 2018, Khaleda was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail after her conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.