BNP senior leader Selima Rahman on Friday warned that the country may face a famine-like situation in the days to come due to the government’s ‘misrule and failures’ to deliver.
"Whenever Awami League comes to power, the country faces misrule and famine. Bangladesh now has got paralysed due to misrule,” she said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader said, "Famine is knocking on our door. Ordinary people are starving as the prices of essentials have skyrocketed while thousands of youths have become jobless. Even then, they (govt) are in peaceful sleep.”
Pro-BNP student leaders of Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) and All- Party Students Unity (Apsu) of the 90s arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club marking the 34th martyrdom anniversary of Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon during the 90s’ anti-autocratic movement.
Selima, a BNP standing committee member, slammed Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quaer for what she said regularly talking about BNP’s existence and its failure to wage a movement. “Why’re you (Quader) so worried about the existence of BNP? You’ve no reason to be concerned about BNP. But the fact is that you’re sacred of Zia family.”
She also criticised the government for not taking effective steps to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus in Bangladesh at the early stage. "When panicked gripped the entire world with the spread of the corona pandemic, they (govt) said they’re stronger than the virus. In reality, they pushed people towards death without taking preventive measures and ensuring the availability of tests.”
The BNP leader said corona-infected people died on the roads and reused one hospital to another for lack of treatment facilities at the early stage of the virus outbreaks as the government has taken the pandemic as a means of ‘trade’ and making money through ‘corruption’. “The Health Ministry is now on the verge of collapse.”
Selima urged all to get united to save the country from ‘misrule’, famine and restore democracy through a movement.
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A Jatiya Party leader, accused in Bangabandhu’s portrait vandalism case, has joined the ruling Awami League along with his supporters at Hazipur of Pirganj upazila in Thakurgaon.
Hajipur Union Parishad Chairman and Jatiya Party President Siddikur Rahman and his supporters joined AL at a special workshop on Wednesday evening, sparking discontent among a faction of the ruling party’s upazila unit.
Local Awami League leaders were present at the workshop.
Siddikur Rahman is an accused in a case filed over the vandalism of the house of AL candidate Joynal Abedin, Bangabandhu’s portrait and AL’s symbol on April 26, 2016, after the UP election.
Trial i the case, filed against 109 people including Siddikur, is still on.
A local AL leader said Siddikur joined AL for getting the ruling party nomination in the 2021 UP election.
AL’s Pirganj unit chief and former MP Imdadul Haque defended accepting the former Jatiya Party leader in AL. “There’s nothing wrong with it if someone joins the Awami League out of his love for the organisation.”
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BNP has formed a steering committee to celebrate the golden jubilee of the country's independence with a year-long programme in 2021.
In a press release, BNP acting office secretary Syed Emran Saleh Prince on Thursday said a seven-member steering committee of the party was formed to facilitate the celebration of the golden jubilee.
The committee members are BNP leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Selima Rahman, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku and BNP chairperson's advisory council member Abdus Salam.
On November 1, the party formed a 115-member convening committee, headed by Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, to work out programmes for the celebration of the mega event of independence and implement those.
The committee has recently worked out a year-long programme to celebrate the golden jubilee of independence next year.
The programmes include essay and drawing competitions, painting exhibitions, thematic publications on democracy, human rights, women's empowerment, foreign policy, free-market economy, BNP's role in economic development, workshops, publication of booklets, distribution of leaflets, production of documentaries, cultural programmes, seminars-symposiums and discussions on various nationally important issues and rallies.
Besides, the party’s all the city, district and upazila units will also take up various programmes, including discussions and rallies, to celebrate the golden jubilee.
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Terming mysterious the fire incidents in three slums of the capital in 27 hours, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday alleged that the “ruling party-backed miscreants” did it in an effort to grab land.
“The fire incidents in Pallabi’s Baunia Dam Slum, Mohakhali Sat Tola Slum and Bihari Patti Slum in Mohammadpur within 27 hours are mysterious. The victims think the slums have been set on fire by ruling party-supported plotters to establish their control over illegal drug trading and extortion there and made crores of taka by indulging in an evil process of grabbing and counter-grabbing of land,” he said.
In a statement, the BNP leader said many low-income people have become helpless as they lost their homes, money and all valuables, clothes and even the cooking utensils to the fire amid the current corona situation. “They’re now leading a very inhuman life under the open sky amid cold weather.”
Referring to newspaper reports, Fakhrul said though 953 fire incidents in different slums in Dhaka took place over the last three years, law enforcement agencies could not submit the chargesheet in any of the cases due to the “influence of the ruling-party backed land grabbers”.
He said land grabbers are amassing wealth and making huge money by setting fires to slums of the capital while helpless fire victims are running from one slum to another for shelter.
Fakhrul alleged that the government and law enforcement agencies are little concerned about the slum fire and the plight of the victims. “Such inaction can be called an act of crimes against humanity.”
He said the fire victims are being deprived of assistance and cooperation despite facing extreme danger due to the absence of a government and city authority elected by the people. “The fire victims have not yet received any relief supplies from the government.”
The BNP leader urged the government to identify those involved in the fire incidents and put them on trial.
He also called upon the government for ensuring permanent rehabilitation of the low-income fire victims and providing them with necessary financial support.
Awami League General Secretary and Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said the drive Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina started against irregularities and corruption in the party will continue in the future.
Bangladesh Awami League a disciplined political party, Obaidul Quader said adding , "No irregularities or corruption are tolerated by the party. Organizational steps are being taken as soon as any allegation is found ture."
He made the remarks while speaking at a briefing at his official residence here this morning.
There is no chance to commit crimes in Awami League using the political identity, Quader said adding that the identities of the culprits is culprit to its president Sheikh Hasina.
Obaidul Quader said that the huge achievement sof the government could not be allowed to be fade sway due to the crimes of a few people.
He said the main goal of the Awami League, a strong and people-oriented organization, is to establish understanding among its different units, stalemate is created in the organization if there is lack ofof coordination and harmony.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said the recent dismissal of presidents and general secretaries in two districts was a message from the party chief to the grassroots.
He also said that the internal discipline of the party is being considered seriously now.
He said that the activities of those who are currently as performing duties as public representatives at different levels are also being closely monitored.
Quader called upon the leaders and workers of Awami League and its allied organizations at all levels to strengthen Sheikh Hasina's hand by abiding by the organizational discipline and following the ideals of Bangabandhu.
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