Dhaka, May 23 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Friday said democracy has become successful through the 17th Lok Sabha elections in India as people have been able to elect their representatives exercising their voting rights.
“The positive sign of India’s Lok Sabha elections is that the people of that country have been able to elect their representatives through voting. But the people of Bangladesh couldn’t do that in their polls,” he said.
Giving their party’s reaction to Indian election results at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, Khosru further said, “Democracy has become successful in India as the country could ensure the voting and constitutional rights of its people in the Lok Sabha polls.”
He also said democracy has got strengthened further in India through its recent election. “BJP, led by Narendra Modi, won the election with people’s votes. People have given BJP the mandate by casting their votes in favour of it.”
On behalf of BNP, Khosru said their acting chairman Tarique Rahman has already congratulated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the resounding election victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
He said their party’s congratulatory message to Modi will be sent through the Indian High Commission here very soon.
Khosru said they want the Indian new government to give importance to the interest of the people of the two countries in intensifying the bilateral relations with Bangladesh.
Narendra Modi secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory.
Official data from India's Election Commission showed BJP is set to win about 303 of the 543 seats in parliament.
Dhaka, May 24 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that the government is trying to kill their chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail by resorting to various tricks.
“The government is prolonging Khaleda Zia’s stay in jail by creating obstacles to her release by resorting to various ploys. They (govt) are trying to interfere in the court and push her towards death in jail without treatment,” said he said.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, Fakhrul also said though Khaleda Zia deserves bail in the cases she was convicted, the government is depriving her of it.
“We think the government is showing an inhuman attitude towards Khaleda Zia by depriving her of her legal rights. It’s also tantamount to violating the constitution,“ the BNP leader added.
Fakhrul said the government is also depriving Khaleda of her right to receiving treatment only to kill her inside jail.
He said their party wants the country’s apex court to grant bail to Khaleda upholding her rights.
The BNP leader also urged the government to take steps for Khaleda Zia’s release so that she can receive proper treatment as per her choice.
Otherwise, he warned, the government will be held responsible if anything bad happens to Khaleda for lack of treatment.
Khaleda Zia has been receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) since April 1 last.
Fakhrul alleged that their chairperson’s health condition is getting worse at the BSMMU. “Her left shoulder got frozen earlier, but now her right shoulder also got frozen. She’s also suffering from acute pain.”
The BNP leader also said Khaleda cannot move her both hands and get up from bead without anyone’s help. “Even, she has to take help for going to washroom.”
He said their chairperson is suffering from high blood sugar as her diabetes cannot be controlled even after using insulin.
Under the circumstances, Fakhrul said, their chairperson needs proper treatment at any other specialised hospital rather than the BSMMU.
The BNP leader said they are deeply worried as Khaleda’s health condition is deteriorating. “It’s their (govt’s) duty to regularly issue a ‘health bulletin’ about our leader’s health since she’s been in their custody.”
He also said the government is showing an extreme vindictive attitude towards Khaleda that it is not allowing her relatives to meet her even a day in a week.
Replying to a question, Fakhrul said their party’s MPs-elect were not sworn in to have Khaleda freed from jail. “We joined parliament in the interest of democracy and our party…Khaleda Zia’s release won’t be conditional since she legally deserves to be freed on bail.”
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – Taking a swipe at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for its ‘inaction’ over the reported corruption in the housing project of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, BNP on Wednesday alleged that the statutory body is only being used as a ‘deadly weapon’ to suppress the opposition.
“Though the allegation of massive corruption in Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant has generated much discussion among people, the ACC is acting like the deaf and dumb to this end,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “Like police and Rab, the ACC is working as a deadly weapon of the government to suppress the opposition parties.”
According to media reports, unusually excess money has been spent on procuring furniture and other things for the officials and employees of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant as a pillow was purchased at Tk 5,957 and the cost for its lifting to a flat was shown Tk 760.
Rizvi said the country’s economy is set to collapse due to the widespread corruption at different financial sectors.
He also said the ruling party men are siphoning off huge money to different countries, including Malaysia, the USA, Canada and Singapore and building second homes there.
The BNP leader said the country’s farmers are not getting the fair prices of their produce due to wrong polices of the government.
He also criticised the Food Minister for his recent comment that the government has no scope to procure paddy directly from farmers as part of its move to ensure fair prices for them.
Rizvi said their party leaders and activists will form human chains at different haat-bazaars at the union level across the country on Thursday demanding the government procure paddy from farmers by ensuring the fair prices of their crop.
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Wednesday alleged that farmers are not getting the fair prices of paddy due to the lack of an agricultural policy and government’s “irresponsibility”.
“It’s unimaginable that farmers are being punished for bountiful paddy production. They’re now being forced to set fire to paddy fields for not getting the fair prices of their produces. This crisis is created as the government has no agricultural policy,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference arranged by Gonoforum at the Jatiya Press Club, Dr Kamal also said farmers are unable to recoup their production cost by selling the paddy they produced due to the “failure and irresponsibility” of the government.
“They (govt) are showing irresponsibility towards all the sectors. We can call it as an irresponsible government. They’ve no sense of responsibility for farmers and the country’s citizens. Their irresponsible attitude is the key reason behind the crisis in the agriculture sector,” he said.
The Gonoforum chief also said the government has no statistics about the number of farmers and their production capacity as it did not conduct any agricultural census.
Describing the government as an unelected one, he said people have no confidence in it. ”People also need to understand that they’re now paying heavy prices for bearing such an unelected government.”
Dr Kamal said the current government is ignoring the country’s people by imposing its rule on them by violating the constitution. “It’s now imperative to install a representative government through a fair election as quick as possible.”
He called upon people to get united to restore democracy and overcome the current situation in the country.
Gonoforum executive president Prof Abu Sayeed placed some recommendations for ensuring the fair prices of paddy for formers and overcoming the current crisis.
The party’s proposals include procuring paddy directly from farmers by setting up procurement centres at different hart-bazaars at the union level, introducing modern marketing system, diversifying crops, providing incentives to farmers, introducing crop insurance and giving farmers soft and low-interest loans.
Gonoforum general secretary Reza Kibria said the government should remove the middlemen’s interference in procuring paddy by procuring the crop directly from farmers.
Dhaka, May 21 (UNB) – BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday sent a legal notice to the government seeking cancellation of its decision to set up a makeshift court in Keraniganj Central Jail to hold the trial of cases filed against her.
On behalf of Khaleda, Kayser Kamal, one of her counsel, sent the legal notice to the Law Secretary by post, through email and Fax.
Talking to UNB, Kayser said the Law Ministry issued a gazette notification recently about shifting the special court to Keraniganj Jail from the Old Dhaka Central Jail to hold the trial of different cases filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“We the lawyers and our client (Khaleda) think the gazette notification is illegal as it is contrary to the Constitution,” he said.
As per Article 35 of the Constitution, the BNP chief’s lawyers said the trial must be held in public, and there is no scope to set up a court inside the jail.
He said they gave the government 24-hour time to withdraw the Law Ministry’s notification. “Otherwise, we’ll take legal action in this regard.”
Khaleda was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail after she had been convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case on February 8, 2018. She has been receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for various health complications since April 1 last.
Earlier in the day, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said they will soon move the Supreme Court challenging the government's decision of setting up the makeshift court in Keraniganj Central Jail.
Speaking at a human-chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, he also said, "We think, setting up such a court is contrary to the constitution. The constitutional right of a citizen to have justice will be violated with it.”