BNP has again resorted to violence, failing to garner people's support. To the party, democracy means distorting the history of Bangladesh's independence.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said this on Sunday while inaugurating a road construction project in Cox's Bazar through video conference.
All parties have the right to carry out peaceful political programs, Quader said.
However, he warned that if any attempt is made to disturb the peace and disrupt daily life, the government will do what is necessary.
If BNP loses any election, it pins the blame on the government and the election commission, Quader said.
"And when BNP wins, the party claims that it could have won more votes had the government not intervened. Also, BNP's role in strengthening democratic institutions has largely fallen short of people's expectations."
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the 80 kilometer Cox's Bazar-Teknaf marine drive has allowed the visitors to view the sea in all its beautiful glory. "And initiatives have already been taken to expand it."
"Work on the four-lane highway from Cox's Bazar Link Road to Laboni Point would be completed soon, too."
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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday urged the party leaders and activists to seize the opportunity to make people aware of the “distorted” history of the country’s independence on the eve of its golden jubilee.
"…Ziaur Rahman had initiated the Liberation War (in 1971) by proclaiming the independence of the country. But the history of independence is now being distorted. We’ve to tell the new generation about that distorted history,” he said.
On the occasion of the golden jubilee of independence, the BNP leader said their party must seize the opportunity to reach out to the new generation with the right history and information of the Liberation War through various discussions, publications and documentation.
He made the remarks while speaking at the virtual meeting of BNP’s committee on celebrating the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.
The meeting, held with BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain in the chair, elaborately discussed the strategies and worked out various programmes to celebrate the golden jubilee throughout the year.
It also discussed the formation of a steering committee and various sub-committees on different matters, including seminar-symposium, management, office, publicity, cultural and media, to celebrate the mega event.
Besides, the meeting decided that BNP will bring out thematic publications, posters and leaflets on the occasion.
BNP senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Friday said their party is waiting for an atmosphere conducive to creating a mass uprising to turn Bangladesh into a democratic country by ousting the current government
“BNP leaders are determined to achieve the target of their party. They don't even think whether they’ll embrace death or not in the way of reaching that target,” he said.
Speaking at a doa mahfil at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he said, “They (BNP leaders) are just waiting for a scope and an atmosphere...we’re determined to materialise the 1971’s dream of establishing a democratic state by ensuring the fall of the current government through a mass uprising."
BNP arranged the programme, marking the 56th birth anniversary of its acting chairman Tarique Rahman who has long been staying in London.
Gayeshwar, a BNP standing committee member, urged the young generation to come forward to materialise the dream of freedom fighters by ‘restoring’ democracy in the country.
"I would like to tell the youth that the coming days are yours. We had fought in 1971 at your age to build Bangladesh as per our dreams. But we still couldn't build it in the way we wanted at that time. We’re beside you in the fight to build a democratic Bangladesh. You just come with us, we’ll never leave you,” he said.
Tarique was born on November 20, 1965 in Bogura. On September 11, 2008, he went to London for treatment, and he has been living with his family there since then.
He has been working as acting chairman of BNP since his mother and party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018.
BNP did not take up any programme, expect the doa mahfil, to celebrate Tarique’s birthday.
Gayeshwar, however, said Tarique himself asked the party not to work out any programme and cut any cake on his birthday. “He instructed us only to pray for him and provide the poor with some assistance and relief materials on the occasion. He’s forbidden us, but he can’t control our emotions and at least 10,000 cakes will be cut today (Friday). Because the reality sometimes gets defeated to emotions.”
A munajat was offered seeking long-life and wellbeing of the BNP acting chairman.
Later, Gayeshwar and other party senior leaders cut three cakes, weighing 56 pounds each, at the BNP office, celebrating the birthday of their acting chairman.
Earlier in the day, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders also cut a cake, marking the day.
BNP’s different associate bodies took up various programmes, including distributing food among the destitute on the occasion.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said the nation must follow the political philosophy of late great national leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani to get rid of the ‘deep crisis’ the country has long been facing.
“We’re now in a deep crisis. I would like to unequivocally say we must follow Maulana Bhasani and move forward with his philosophy to overcome this crisis,” he told a virtual discussion.
BNP arranged the programme marking the 44th death anniversary of Bhasani, popularly known as 'Majlum Jananeta', the leader of the downtrodden, who passed away on November 17, 1976.
Highlighting the political philosophy of the great leader, Fakhrul said Maulana Bhasani is really an extraordinary leader to those who speak and work for democracy and believe in Bangladesh’s independence and sovereignty.
“He (Bhasani) is the leader who showed us the importance of liberation, sovereignty and emancipation from exploitation,” the BNP leader observed.
He said Bhasani started his struggle for people's emaciation from the slavery of the British and continued it throughout his life for attaining the country’s independence and ensuring the freedom and the welfare of people.
"He (Bhasani) had wanted to change society. He spoke in favour of the exploited people. That’s why the rich and influential people and those who amassed huge wealth never like him. Those who worship imperialism call his activities violent while those who speak in favour of hegemony call him a fundamentalist,” Fakhrul observed.
Fakhrul said Bhasani was pious but he was absolutely a non-communal person. “He fought against communalism. He’s like a star to us who can guide us to move forward.”
The BNP leader said Bhasani not only fought against the exploitation of the British and Pakistani rulers, but also against those who wanted to make Bangladesh their own property.
He recalled Bhasani’s movement demanding the withdrawal of the Indian army from Bangladesh after the country’s Liberation War. “He also waged a movement against India’s Farakka Barrage.”
The 44th death anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was observed on Tuesday with due respect.
Bhasani was a popular leader in his fight against imperialism and oppression of Pakistani rulers. He had led the historic Farakka March in 1976 to ensure Bangladesh's just rights to the share of Ganges River water.
Born in 1880 in Dhangara, Sirajganj, Bhasani earned immense popularity among peasants. He is regarded as the proponent of secular and left-leaning politics in present-day Bangladesh.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said that the BNP is again trying to take revenge by burning people after voters rejected the party in the election.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, came up with the remarks at a virtual conference at the Bagmara Upazila in Rajshahi district this morning.
Saying that the killing of people and terrorism are BNP's political culture, Quader said in past they had enjoyed killing people using petrol bombs and in arson attacks.
He said that the recent incidents of bus torching was quite similar to BNP’s sabotage and setting fire to vehicles in 2013.
There is video footage of the bus burning incident which showed an old and familiar story, he said.
The Awami League leader said police are trying to unravel the mystery of a phone conversation centering the incident.
Talking about the ruling party, Quader said no pocket committee would be allowed and those who are sacrificing and dedicated to the party would be included in the committees.
The conference was chaired by Bagmara Upazila Awami League President Engineer Enamul Haque where Awami League Organising Secretary SM Kamal Hossain was present.
Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor Khairuzzaman Liton, district Awami League President Meraj Uddin Mollah, General Secretary Golam Sarwar Abul and leaders of different levels of the metropolis were also present at the conference.
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