BNP on Saturday alleged that people are going through a tough time for lack of food, fresh water and medicines in the country's flood-hit areas due to the government’s 'inaction'.
"The shortage of pure drinking water, essential medicines and food has intensified the sufferings of people in the flood-affected areas. Even, the crisis of cattle feed and baby food has reached an extreme level there,” said BNP senior join secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a virtual press conference from BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The government has so far taken no initiative except giving a lip service."
Rizvi called upon the leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies and the rich to stand by the flood victims to ease their sufferings.
"People are on the verge of deaths in the flood-hit areas as there is no step for providing them with relief. The government is indifferent and inactive to assuage the sufferings of the flood victims,” he alleged.
The BNP leader also coronavirus-infected people are also passing a tough time for lack of treatment due to the government’s mismanagement and failure to deal with the situation.
"The government is least bothered about the sufferings of the flood victims and it has no sense of responsibility for the corona patients,” he observed.
BNP on Friday paid last respect to former vice-chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University Prof Emajuddin Ahmed.
On behalf of the party, its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir paid tributes to the noted educationalist at his Elephant Road residence.
Fakhrul stood in solemn silence for a while in front of the body of Emajuddin.
Talking to reporters, Fakhrul said, “We can’t believe he’s left this world suddenly. A big void has created among us with his demise, which won't be filled easily.”
"On behalf of our party, our chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman, we pay our respect to him. We also pray so that may Allah grant him Jannat,” he said.
The BNP leader also conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Fakhrul said Emajuddin was a guardian of the country’s freedom- and democracy-loving people. “He’s truly a selfless, dedicated, devoted patriot and educationist.”
He said the ex-DU VC always wanted Bangladesh to become truly a liberal democratic and developed country. “Throughout his life, he wrote in favour of independence, sovereignty and democracy of Bangladesh.”
Fakhrul said Prof Emajuddin was a star and a sun who illuminated the nation with his light.
Later, he talked to family members of the educationist, and consoled them.
Prof Emajuddin Ahmed died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in the capital on Friday morning at the age of 87.
Although he had no direct position in the BNP, he attended many functions of the party at different times as he had good relations with its top leaders, and he had a significant influence on the party's policy-making process.
He was also the convener of pro-BNP intellectuals’ platform 'Shoto Nagorik Committee'.
BNP on Thursday alleged that the ‘government’s policy’ is behind the rise of Regent Hospital chairman Mohammad Shahed and JKG Healthcare's chairman Dr Sabrina who indulged in fraudulence in the name of corona test.
“The government is hardly concerned whether people die or suffer since its stay in power is secure. The government’s such self-protection policy is behind the emergence of Shahed and Sabrina,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a human-chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club arranged by Dhaka South city unit of BNP.
He said Kuwait imprisoned Laxmipur-2 MP Mohammad Shahid Islam Papul on various charges, including human trafficking and money laundering. “Many such Papuls have emerged over the last 12 years due to misrule and corrupt governing system.”
The BNP leader said common people have got trapped in a terrible situation losing their security as the ‘state has been patronising’ wicked people.
He said now people are not getting proper treatment at public hospitals for lack of ICUs, ventilators, quality masks and other safety gears.
“Fake masks were imported, and the health minister’s son was involved in it. Ventilators are now one of the lifesaving equipment. The Awami syndicate and the relatives of the minister are indulging in irregularities in procuring ventilators. So, how’ll people live on?” Rizvi said.
He said the country’s image has been tarnished across the world as fraudsters were given permission to test corona samples and give people its certificates.
The BNP leader voiced concern that different countries, including Italy, are disallowing flights from Bangladesh due to the false corona test results.
Mentioning that guardians are now raising their voice against the charging of tuition fees by educational institutions, he urged the Prime Minister to take steps for waiving the tuition fees of all the educational institutions since those remained closed due to the coronavirus.
“You (PM) have announced many incentive packages. Is it unfair to waive the tuition fees of all educational institutions in the country? It’ll be the most humanitarian act at this moment,” Rizvi said.
Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Tuesday said their party has become stronger over the last one year proving wrong a perception that it would fall apart in absence of its founder HM Ershad.
“After the death of Pallibandhu (Ershad), many feared that the Jatiya Party would face splits due to the big void created following his death. There’re also many plots to destroy the Jatiya Party,” he said.
GM Quader further said, “But the Jatiya Party still survives with people’s love. Jatiya Party is now much more consolidated and united. No evil force can stop the party from moving forward.”
He came up with the remarks while speaking at a doa-mahfil-cum discussion on the premises of HM Ershad’s grave in Rangpur, marking his first death anniversary.
Earlier, GM Quader together with Jatiya Party senior leaders paid respect to Ershad by placing wreaths at his grave at his Palli Nibas residence.
They also offered fateha there and prayed for salvation of the Jatiya Party founder’s departed soul.
GM Quader said Ershad was a great leader who did politics for the welfare of the country and its people.
“We’ll also follow the ideology of Pallibandhu and take politics forward for the welfare of the country and its people. We’ll work to build a new Bangladesh as he dreamt of where there’ll be no unemployment, corruption and inequality. We’ll establish justice in society and good governance,” he said.
The Jatiya Party chairman also recalled Ershad’s contributions to the country’s development during his nine years’ rule.
Meanwhile, Jatiya Party observed the first death anniversary of its founder HM Ershad today (Tuesday) amid various programmes.
As part of the programmes, Jatiya Party flag kept at half-mast atop all the offices of the party across the country.
Besides, Qurankhawani, milad mahfil and discussion meetings were arranged at many offices of the party on the occasion.
HM Ershad, who was ousted in 1990 after his nine years of autocratic rule, died on July 14 last year at the age of 89 while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka.
He formed 'Jatiya Party' in 1986 and was its chairman until his death.
BNP on Tuesday paid last respect to former minister and freedom fighter Shahjahan Siraj.
On behalf of the party, its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir paid tributes to its late leader as his body was brought to his Gulshan residence.
Fakhrul stood in solemn silence for a while in front of the mobile mortuary ambulance carrying Shahjahan Siraj’s mortal remains.
Talking to reporters, Fakhrul said a big void has been created in Bangladesh’s politics with his demise which will not easily be filled.
"On behalf of our party, our chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman, we pay our respects to him. We also pray so that Allah grants him Jannah,” he said.
The BNP leader also conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Recalling Shahjahan Siraj’s contributions to the country, he said Shahjahan Siraj is an integral part of the history of Bangladesh. “He’s one of the heroes of the Liberation War. He fought for the independence of the country, for democracy, and for realising people’s rights during his long political career.”
Later, Fakhrul talked to family members of the BNP leader and consoled them.
Shahjahan Siraj, former Forest and Environment Minister and ex-BNP vice-chairman, died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer at the age of 77.
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