BNP on Wednesday alleged that the government is not sending relief materials to flood-affected areas as it is reluctant about people’s sufferings.
"Severe floods are inundating villages after villages. People’s houses and cropland in char areas of Padma and Jamuna rivers have gone under floodwaters while many cows and goats washed away,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a human-chain programme, he said, “Where’s the government assistance? Government relief didn’t reach the affected people in chars of the Padma Jamuna.”
The BNP leader also alleged that the ruling party leaders are embezzling the money allocated for the helpless and destitute people.
He urged the leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies, and the rich to stand by the flood victims and ease their sufferings.
Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal arranged the human-chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the government reopen state-owned jute mills and ensure wages and festival bonus for the workers before Eid-ul-Azha.
Rizvi criticized the government for what he said shutting down the state-owned jute mills at this time of corona pandemic.
He called upon the government to back off from its decision of closing the jute mills considering the plight of workers.
The BNP leader also urged the government to take proper steps so that the workers are provided with their wages and festival bonus before the eid.
He slammed the government for its failure to resolve the waterlogging problem in the capital, though huge public money has been spent in this regard. “Even after light rains, vehicles can't move in Dhaka city as most roads go under rainwater. People are living in terrible miseries in the city!”
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said the country’s people are suffering from a sense of death fear due to the government’s failure to tackle the coronavirus situation.
"Death fear has gripped the people of the entire country as the government has failed to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. People are also worried about their livelihoods,” he said.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while speaking at a virtual discussion arranged by Bangladesh Nationalist Research and Communications (BNRC) in memory of late BNP leader Shahjahan Siraj.
Former Forest and Environment Minister Shahjahan Siraj died on July 14 at the age of 77, after a long battle with cancer.
Fakhrul alleged that the government has snatched people’s right to elect the representatives of their choice through fair polls only to cling to power.
“It’s pitiable that those who say they hold the spirit of the Liberation War have consciously taken away people’s basic and voting rights. We didn’t want to see this Bangladesh. They (Shahjahan Siraj and other freedom fighters) wanted to see a happy and prosperous Bangladesh. But what’re we seeing today?’ the BNP leader questioned.
He said there is no alternative to forging a national unity to get rid of the current situation and restore people’s rights and the spirit of the Liberation War. “We want to forge a national unity as we did in 1971 to build a Bangladesh as dreamt by freedom fighters.”
The BNP leader recalled the contributions of Siraj to the Liberation War and his role in conserving the environment, banning polythene bags and removing two-stroke autorickshaw from Dhaka’s street as an Environment Minister.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President ASM Abdur Rob Siraj will remain alive for his role in hoisting Bangladesh’s flag across the country and reading out the manifesto of Bangladesh’s independence on March 3, 1971.
He bemoaned that Siraj and many others who played pivotal roles in the Liberation War were not properly evaluated.
Abdur Rob also accused ruling Awami League of distorting the history of the country’s independence.
Jatiya Party on Tuesday submitted its annual financial statement to the Election Commission (EC) for the 2019 calendar year, showing a deposit of Tk 1,922,975.
A Jatiya Party delegation, led by its presidium member Rezaul Islam Bhuiyan, handed over the financial report to the EC at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
The other members of the Jatiya Party delegation are party joint secretaries Golam Mohammad Raju, Fakhrul Ahsan Shahjada and joint office secretary Mahmud Alam, said a press release.
According to the report, Jatiya Party earned Tk 19,622,545 while spent Tk 17,699,570 in the last fiscal year.
In 2018 calendar year, the party had showed Tk 1, 20, 26, 000 as expenditure against its income of Tk 1, 97, 36,000.
As per the law, each registered political party is obliged to submit its financial statement of the previous calendar year by each July 31.
BNP on Monday alleged that people are showing little interest in undergoing Covid-19 test out of their mistrust caused fake reports.
“You can easily assume how the country is now run as a person who did not contract corona is given a positive certificate! People have got panicked over such activities and they are in doubt whether they will at all get authentic reports from hospitals,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He said, “The number of people interested in corona tests dropped over the last two days. People are not going for corona tests as they fear they may get false reports. This is the main reason behind the gradual fall in corona test.”
Rizvi made the remarks while speaking at a human chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club arranged by Jatiyatabadi Matsyajibi Dal.
He said the government is brutally ‘suppressing’ the freedom of expression and those raising voice against injustice and unfairness. “Such repressing acts are leading to a rise in social crimes, chaos, and fraudulent acts. This’s also contributing to the emergence of fraudsters like Shahed (Regent Hospital owner).
Rizvi alleged that the government is playing a silent role though people from other countries are entering Bangladesh’s water territories and fishing in the Bay of Bengal.
"Where is the independence of our country when people from other countries catch fish in our territories? It’s happening as the current government has no people’s mandate.”
The BNP leader also said the country’s independence and sovereignty are now at stake only for lack of a government elected in a fair election.
He urged people of all walks of life to get united and wage a movement for the ‘restoration’ of democracy and install an elected government in the country.
Abdul Awal Khan, BNP’s assistant organising secretary, died of coronavirus in the city. He was 54.
Awal breathed his last around 2pm at Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital while undergoing treatment, said BNP’s assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu.
He said the BNP leader was admitted to Mugadha General Hospital in the capital on July 14 with breathing problem. He tested positive for the virus the following day.
Awal was shifted to the ICU of Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Hospital on Sunday night as his condition worsened.
He is survived by wife, one son and one daughter and a host of relatives to mourn his death.
BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expressed deep shock at Awal’s death.
In separate condolence messages, they prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed their profound sympathy to the bereaved family members.