Dhaka, July 22 (UNB) – BNP on Monday decided to start distributing relief materials among flood-hit people at different parts of the country on Tuesday.
At a meeting of BNP’s relief committee at its chairperson’s Gulshan office, five committees were formed to carry out of the relief activities in Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet, Mymensingh and Faridpur regions.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, BNP standing committee member and convener of its relief committee Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku said they formed the five committees, headed by senior leaders, to stand beside the victims as the flood situation took an alarming turn in the country.
Besides, he said, a relief committee of their party will be there in every flood-hit district. “Our relief committee will start their activities tomorrow (Tuesday). Medical teams will also work alongside the relief teams.”
Earlier, the 21-member BNP relief committee held a meeting and worked out their action plans. Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, vice chairmen Barkatullah Bulu, Mohammad Shahjahan and AZM Zahid Hossain, among others, joined the meeting.
Dhaka, July 21 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday alleged that the dengue situation has turned epidemic in the capital due to the government’s failure to take any effective preventive measure and conduct drive against Aedes mosquito.
“Awami League imported the deadly dengue virus in 1997, and later Aedes mosquito widely spread everywhere. But the Department of Public Health and the Directorate General of Health Services have no extensive drive and action to prevent it,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he also said the city corporations are only giving lip services instead of carrying out adequate anti-mosquito drives. “Many people are dying getting affected with dengue, but no effective step in sight to protect them.”
The BNP leader said this government has no sense of responsibility for people as it is only busy “pocketing” public money.
He also said the government is hardly bothered about public welfare and improving public health and checking diseases since it is not elected by people.
Rizvi alleged that though the ruling party leaders are used to talk about the country’s development, people are going through immense sufferings due to serious tailbacks and sorry state of roads.
He came down hard on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood for his comment that corruption committed in good faith by public servants is not an offence, saying he encouraged the government employees to indulge in corruption.
Rizvi also said the ACC chief’s remark is a dangerous message of bad governance.
The BNP leader said Iqbal Mahmood has no other alternative to defending the corruption by government officials since the ACC officials themselves are indulging in corruption.
He also alleged that the ACC is busy suppressing opposition in the name of preventing corruption while it has turned a blind eye to the real corrupt plundering public money and making second homes in different countries.
Rizvi said the banking sector has been ruined due to government officials’ corruption “in good faith”.
About the deteriorating flood situation, he said the ministers and the ruling party MPs are giving lip services from the capital instead of standing beside the victims with necessary relief materials.
Chattogram, July 20 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday urged the party leaders and activists to go to people across the country for motivate them to end ‘misrule’ by ousting the current government through a mass-upsurge.
“We’ll have to go to villages and unions to inspire people to be active for the restoration of their all the basic rights. Let’s go to people and encourage them to defeat the government and end misrule through a mass-upsurge with united efforts,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the comments while speaking at a public rally at Noor Ahmad Road near Chattogram unit BNP office arranged by the party as part of its planned divisional programmes demanding its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release.
He alleged t the government has kept Khaleda Zia in jail in a ‘false’ case to establish its ‘autocratic’ rule by destroying democracy.
“Khaleda Zia has also been sent to jail for protesting the government’s efforts to establish a one-party rule. So, this government won’t free her. We must ensure her release through a strong movement,” the BNP leader told the rally.
He alleged that the government destroyed all the state institutions, including the judiciary, police and administration, through politicisation. “It’s also established control over the media and forcing them to run news as it dictates.”
Fakhrul said the government wants to hang onto power by force using the state machinery since it fears people.
The BNP leader said an anarchic situation has been prevailing across the country as the security system has collapsed. “People are getting killed inside the court and on the streets in broad daylight. Repression is going on everywhere since the government has no accountability to people.”
He demanded that a fresh election be arranged under a neutral government and new Election Commission.
“People have lost confidence in election as Awami League has destroyed the election system. “The government must reconstitute a new Election Commission and hold a fresh election under a neutral government to establish a pro-people government and parliament.”
He urged BNP leaders and activists to stand beside flood victims to assuage their suffering as the government is not giving them necessary relief materials and other support.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the government is pushing ailing Khaleda towards death by not releasing her on bail.
He alleged that the government is not releasing Khaleda from jail fearing that it will hasten its fall.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said the government has an agenda to eliminate BNP, but it will not be able to do so even in the next 100 years.
He voiced deep concern over the alarming rise in the incidents of rape and killing across the country due to the government’s failure to control the law and order.
BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, vice chairmen Abdullah Al Noman and Mohammad Shahjahan, among others, addressed the rally.
Dhaka, Jul 20 (UNB) - Bangladesh Awami League on Saturday decided to distribute relief materials among people in flood-affected areas of the country.
The decision came at a meeting of AL secretaries, held at AL president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office with its general secretary Obaidul Quader in the chair.
At the meeting, the ruling party formed six committees to distribute the relief items in the flood-hit areas, said a press release.
AL Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi will act as the coordinator of the relief distribution programme.
The six teams will distribute the relief materials in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Rangpur, Sirajganj, Gaibandha, Bogura, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Sunamganj, Chattogram, Bandarban, Feni, Munshiganj, Chandpur, Manikganj, Tangail and Jamalpur districts.
Chattogram, July 19 (UNB) – Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) on Friday imposed 27 conditions when they gave BNP permission to hold a rally in front of its party office at Nasiman Bhaban.
The BNP had sought permission to hold rally on Saturday at either Laldighi or Kazir Dewri intersection in the city.
CMP’s special branch sent a written copy of the approval to BNP leaders at 6.30pm on Friday. The conditions include not bringing out any procession and refraining from creating disorder.
Dr Shahadat Hossain, president of BNP’s Chattogram Metropolitan unit, said: “We’re taking preparations for tomorrow’s rally after receiving a written approval from the CMP.”
The rally is being organised to demand release of party chief Khaleda Zia, who was jailed for corruption last year.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is expected to be present as the chief guest at the rally.