Dhaka, Jul 20 (UNB) - Bangladesh Awami League on Saturday decided to distribute relief materials among people in flood-affected areas of the country.
The decision came at a meeting of AL secretaries, held at AL president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office with its general secretary Obaidul Quader in the chair.
At the meeting, the ruling party formed six committees to distribute the relief items in the flood-hit areas, said a press release.
AL Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi will act as the coordinator of the relief distribution programme.
The six teams will distribute the relief materials in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Rangpur, Sirajganj, Gaibandha, Bogura, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Sunamganj, Chattogram, Bandarban, Feni, Munshiganj, Chandpur, Manikganj, Tangail and Jamalpur districts.
Chattogram, July 19 (UNB) – Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) on Friday imposed 27 conditions when they gave BNP permission to hold a rally in front of its party office at Nasiman Bhaban.
The BNP had sought permission to hold rally on Saturday at either Laldighi or Kazir Dewri intersection in the city.
CMP’s special branch sent a written copy of the approval to BNP leaders at 6.30pm on Friday. The conditions include not bringing out any procession and refraining from creating disorder.
Dr Shahadat Hossain, president of BNP’s Chattogram Metropolitan unit, said: “We’re taking preparations for tomorrow’s rally after receiving a written approval from the CMP.”
The rally is being organised to demand release of party chief Khaleda Zia, who was jailed for corruption last year.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is expected to be present as the chief guest at the rally.
Dhaka, July 19 (UNB) – BNP leader Zainul Abedin Farroque on Friday said their party will soon take to the streets intensifying its movement for having party chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail.
“Our party will take tough action programmes soon to strengthen our movement for releasing Khaleda Zia from jail. Over 1 lakh people joined our grand rally in Barishal yesterday (Thursday). Huge people will also take part in our rallies in Chattogram tomorrow (Saturday) and in Khulna on July 25,” he said.
Speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader further said, “We hope the government will soon take steps for freeing Khaleda Zia. Or else, its throne will be shaken in the face of a strong movement across the country.”
Aparajeyo Bangladesh, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of Khaleda Zia.
Farroque, a member of BNP chairperson’s advisory council and ex-Chief Whip, urged their party leaders and activists to get united forgetting all misunderstandings and divisions among them to take to the streets with a fresh vigour.
He said their party is getting stronger and the unity of party rank and file is consolidating facing repressive acts and cases.
The BNP leader said the government has long been suppressing their party leaders and activists resorting to killing, enforced disappearance and various repressive acts to hang onto power.
Farroque alleged that their ailing party chairperson Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail in a ‘false and fabricated’ case. “Had the current government been a democratic and human one, our leader wouldn’t have stayed in jail for so many days.”
He also criticised the government for what he said not standing beside flood-affected people with adequate relief materials to ease their sufferings.
Barishal, July 18 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday slammed the government for giving state honour to autocratic ruler HM Ershad who annihilated democracy in the 90s.
“We expressed shock over the death of Ershad as he was a president of a political party. But it’s fact that democracy was destroyed and many people and students were killed during his rule, and he was ousted through a mass upsurge,” said party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
“Awami League has now taken a stance as the opponent of people and democracy by making an alliance and compromise with them (Jatiya Party). He (Ershad) was given the state honour but the person who fought for democracy and remained captive by Pakistani Army in 1971 has been kept in jail,” he further said apparently referring to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Fakhrul came up with the comments while speaking at a public rally at Eidgah Maidan in the Barishal city arranged by BNP as part of its planned divisional programmes.
He called upon BNP leaders and activists to make a turnaround to get rid of the present situation by defeating the current regime with united efforts.
The BNP leader said Awami League has restored to ‘one-party’ Baksal role by using the state machinery snatching people’s all rights. “We must remain united and establish our rights and free our chairperson Khaleda Zia through a movement,” he told his party colleagues.
Fakhrul urged the government to try to realise people’s pulses and read the wall writings for engaging in talks with opposition parties to find out ways for resolving the political crisis through a peaceful and democratic way.
He thanked people of Barishal for making their party’s first divisional public rally a success with their spontaneous participation braving all adversities. “We initiated our fresh movement from Barishal from toady.”
The BNP leader called upon the government to immediately release Khaleda from jail.
He criticised the government for widening the areas of VAT and increasing the price of gas.
Fakhrul also said people are going through immense sufferings as prices of daily essentials, including onion and green chili, continue to rise.
He said though common people’s income are not increasing and farmers are not getting fair prices for their produces, the salaries and benefits of government officials and employees are continuously growing. “Because the government has been in power depending on them by snatching people’s all rights.”
The BNP secretary general also voiced deep concern over the sharp rise in killing, rape and other social crimes. “People are now getting killed even in the court.”
He alleged that the ruling party men are indulging in widespread corruption in the name of mega projects. “We would like to say Bangladesh will truly turn into a failed state if the current regime remains in power for a long time.”
Fakhrul also renewed his party’s demand for a fresh national election under a neutral government annulling the results of the 11th parliamentary polls.
BNP standing committee member Selima Rahman, vice-chairmen Hafizuddin Ahmed, advocate Zainul Abedin and joint secretary general Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, among others, addressed the rally.
Dhaka, July 18 (UNB) – BNP standing committee member Rafiqul Islam Miah was taken to Singapore on Thursday for better treatment.
Miah’s wife and two sons took him to Singapore from United Hospital by a flight of Singapore Airlines around 1:25 pm, said a party press release.
The BNP leader will undergo a surgery in his backbone at the National University Hospital in Singapore.
Miah’s family members urged all to pray for his speedy recovery.
Earlier on July 3, the BNP leader was admitted to United Hospital as he fell sick at his Eskaton residence.
Miah has been suffering from various diseases, including heart, kidney, diabetics, and neurological ones.
The BNP leader remained inactive in politics for long due to his falling health.
Miah who served as the Minister of Housing and Public Works Khaleda Zia’s first cabinet during 1991–1996, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment on November 20 in a case filed against him for not submitting his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
He was also arrested the same day and later freed on bail from the High Court.
His wife Shahida Rafique is a member of BNP chairperson’s advisory council.