Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) – BNP on Monday alleged that its acting chairman Tarique Rahman has long been in exile being subjected to the government’s political vengeance.
“Today, we remember the day when Tarique Rahman was released from Jail. I think, he is not yet physically fit as he has long been in exile and he can’t return home as he was implicated in various false cases,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a press conference, he further said, “Tarique Rahman has also been implicated in the August 21 grenade attack case out of a political conspiracy. It has manifested the government’s political retribution.”
BNP arranged the press conference at its Nayapaltan central office marking the day when Tarique Rahman was released from jail in 2008.
Tarique, arrested on March 7 after the 1/11 political changeover, was released on bail on September 3 the following year.
About Khaleda Zia’s conviction in Zia orphanage trust case, Fakhrul said their chairperson has been kept in jail unlawfully in a ‘false’ case.
“She is not being released even after bail granted by the High Court,” said the BNP leader.
The government sent Khaleda to jail through a planned legal process as it fears her immense popularity.
“We would like to say Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman have become the victims of an individual’s serious anger and revenge,” he said.
Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) – BNP on Monday voiced frustration over the Prime Minister’s comment on the 11th parliamentary polls, saying it has manifested the government’s intention of establishing one-party rule instead of ensuring an inclusive election.
Talking to reporters after attending a programme at Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) auditorium, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the nation has got disappointed with Sheikh Hasina’s press conference comments as she turned down people’s main demand of holding the next polls under a non-party administration.
“The Prime Minister is pursuing a path of establishing a one-party rule. We didn’t find her intention of accepting people’s verdict. She also has no plan to take steps for creating a level-playing field and equal scope for all the parties to ensure a participatory election,” he said.
The BNP leader alleged that the government has again started arresting BNP leaders and activists across the country to hold a lopsided election. “A fair election can’t be held if you (Awami League) carry out unilateral campaign by arresting opposition leaders and activists.”
Fakhrul said people had an expectation that the Prime Minister at her Sunday’s Press conference would come up with some positive comments on creating a democratic atmosphere for holding a credible election in the greater interest of people, but she has failed to do so.
“The Prime Minister’s comments over people’s rights and the national election have frustrated the entire nation. Holding a fair election under an impartial government is now people’s main demand, but she has rejected it as she said everything will happen as per the constitution,” he observed.
The BNP leader said the constitution is a manmade document, and it can be amended anytime in people’s interest. “You (govt) have repeatedly amended the constitution to protect your own interests.”
On Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a press conference said she will neither take any step for bringing BNP to the election nor obstruct it from joining the polls. “There's no question of holding discussions with them (BNP), no matter who says what.”
She also turned down BNP’s demand of holding the next polls under a non-party administration, saying Bangladesh will follow the system practised in India and Britain.
The press conference was arranged to brief the media about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to Nepal for attending the 4th Bimstec summit.
Sought his comment on the Prime Minister’s refusal to hold any dialogue with BNP, Fakhrul said she did the same in 2012-13, but finally forced to invite Khaleda Zia for talks.
He also said they will unite people and realise their all demands by foiling the government’s all ‘evil designs’. “People are our strength.”
Earlier, speaking at Youth Forum’s Bangladesh Youth Parliament programme at the SCBA auditorium, Fakhrul urged the young generation to come up to take the country forward, and build a happy prosperous and democratic Bangladesh.
He criticised the government for what he said repressing those students who waged movements seeking quota reform and safe roads.
Fakhrul urged the youth to turn around braving all obstacles to take the country to the right track.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to address a press conference on Sunday about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to Nepal for attending the 4th Bimstec summit.
The press conference will be held at her official residence Ganobhaban at 4:00 pm, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.
The Prime Minister visited Nepal on August 30 and 31 to attend the two-day summit of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec).
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Sunday urged the people of all religions to resist through social movement any attempt of creating anarchy in the society in the name of religion.
He made the call while exchanging greetings with members of the Hindu community at a reception at Bangabhaban marking the Janmashtami, an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.
"Religion leads people to the way to truth and right and inspires people for human welfare. No religion supports militancy, fundamentalism or terrorism," he said.
President Abdul Hamid also urged the people of all religions to remain alert so that no person or group can impede the social discipline using the religion.
The head of the state asked all to build strong social resistance if anyone tries to create anarchy and simultaneously urged all to continue collective endeavour to keep up the trend of national development and progress.
The President also asked people to maintain communal harmony at any cost as the participation of all people irrespective of religions, castes and creeds accelerated victory in all struggles and movements including the country’s great Liberation War.
He stressed utilizing the non-communal spirit to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Communal harmony is our great tradition which strengthens the existing harmony and friendship more in the society to build a happy and a prosperous Bangladesh for the present and future generation,” he said.
The President said that all religious festivals are celebrated with fervor and gaiety in Bangladesh. "Each festival becomes universal with the spontaneous participation of all religious minded people. This spontaneity has helped build social bonding," the President added.
Greeting the people of Hindu community on the occasion, the President mentioned that Sri Krishna emerged as social reformer to thwart evil forces and to protect religion and good people in the society.
Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman and secretaries concerned accompanied the President during the reception.
Besides, Hindu religious personalities, leaders of Hindu Religion Welfare Trust, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Dhaka Mahanagar Sarbajonin Puja Committee, Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and people from various professions of the community joined the reception. They presented flower bouquets to the president.
Several lawmakers, judges, ambassadors and high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, senior journalists of Hindu community, among others, also joined the reception at the president palace.
The invited guests were entertained with the traditional food items at Darbar Hall. President went round different corners there and exchanged greetings with them.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina started briefing journalists at her official residence Ganobhaban about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to Nepal for attending the 4th Bimstec summit.
The press conference started at 4:04pm.
The Prime Minister visited Nepal on August 30 and 31 to attend the two-day summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec).