Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - BNP on Saturday alleged that the incidents of killing, rape and other social crimes marked a sharp rise due to serious slide in law-and-order situation.
“They (govt) have created an anarchic situation across the country and the law-and-order situation extremely deteriorated. Now we see people being stabbed to death in broad daylight,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a human-chain programme, he further said, “The incidents of rape, dacoity and plundering are growing while people have no security of their lives due to the deteriorating law-and-order situation.”
Referring to newspaper reports, the BNP leader also said 12 people are killed every hour on average either in road accident or other killing incidents.
BNP’s Dhaka south city unit arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia and party leader Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel.
Fakhrul said the entire country has now turned into a prison while people are not getting justice from the judiciary. “The judiciary has completely gone under the control of Awami League.”
He said their party has got disappointed and aggrieved over a Pabna court verdict delivered on Wednesday sentencing nine BNP men to death and 25 others to life in connection with “Awami League’s planned’ attack on a train carrying its president Sheikh Hasina 24 years ago. “I think there can be no such verdict in any civilised society”
The BNP leader also accused the government of snatching the press freedom. “We want to restore democracy and the democratic governing system for which we waged the Liberation War in 1971.”
He alleged that the government is indulging in mega ‘corruption’ in the name of mega project while banks are getting depleted due to widespread plundering.
Fakhrul said the government has increased the gas tariff only to facilitate those who import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). “The left parties will enforce a hartal against it tomorrow (Sunday), and our party has decide to support it.”
He alleged that the government has kept their chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail by unfairly depriving her from getting bail. “We want her to be released on bail legally as she deserves it.”
Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) – BNP on Friday decided to participate in the upcoming local body elections without using its election symbol, ‘the sheaf of paddy’.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s standing committee members at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
“We still think the local body elections should be held without party symbol. We’ve decided to allow our intended party leaders and activists and former Union Parishad chairmen to join the elections. But, we won’t allocate our party symbol for them,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He said their party is opposing the use of election symbol in the local body elections as it not suitable for a country like Bangladesh.
About the killing of Sabbir Hossain Nayan alias Nayan Bond in crossfire, the BNP leader said the incident took place showing utter neglect towards the country’s court, law and state organs.
He said their party thinks Nayan Bond, the prime accused in Rifat Sharif murder case, was killed in crossfire with a motive to hide backers of the killers. “Such killing is a dangerous threat to Bangladesh’s democracy and the rule of law.”
Referring to the statistics of Ain O Salish Kendra, Fakhrul said 438 people were subjected to extrajudicial killing in the last six months, ignoring a High Court directive. “It has proved that now there’s no rule of law in the country.”
He demanded the government immediately stop ‘extrajudicial killings’.
Fakhrul said the centre-based results of the 11th parliamentary election published by the Election Commission have exposed how much it was ‘farcical’.
“Voter turnout was cent percent at 213 centres while around 95-95 percent votes were cast at over 1500 polling stations which is an impossible matter in a fair and credible election,” he added.
He said the centre-based election results also exposed that the government turned the last general election into a farce by establishing its full control over the Election Commission.
The BNP leader said their party standing committee voiced concern and grievances over a Pabna court verdict delivered on Wednesday sentencing nine BNP men to death and 25 others to life in connection with “Awami League’s planned’ attack on a train carrying its president Sheikh Hasina 24 years ago.
He said their party policymakers think the verdict was politically motivated. “It’s an unprecedented verdict.”
Fakhrul said their party will give all-out support to those convicted by Pabna court.
Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) – BNP on Friday alleged that the government has raised the gas tariff unfairly only to facilitate those ruling party leaders and businessmen who import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
“The only reason behind the gas price hike is to create a scope for making quick buck by their (govt’s) people who import LNG,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.
Speaking at a token hunger strike, he further said, “The gas price is also meant for cementing corruption, and collecting money from people to give subsidy to make up the high cost of imported LNG.”
On June 30, the government announced to raise the average gas price by 32.8 percent for the retail consumers in the country with effect from Monday last.
As per the new price hike, the household consumers having single burner will have to pay Tk 925 a month instead of the existing Tk 750 while the double burner users will have to pay Tk975 instead of the existing Tk 800.
Bangladesh Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad, a pro-BNP body of professionals, arranged the three-hour token hunger strike -- 9am to 12pm -- in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Accusing the government of establishing a reign of plundering, Fakhrul said ‘mega’ projects are being taken for ‘mega’ corruption. “The banking sector has been shattered with widespread plundering while the economy is now on the verge of collapse.”
He also alleged that the government is destroying all the democratic institutions one after another since it has no accountability to people. “The usurper government is controlling the judiciary, administration and the media. Even, they’re trying to control the army.”
The BNP leader said the government has increased taxes and widened the areas of VAT through the new national budget to collect money from people and thus make the pockets of ruling party men and their beneficiaries heavier.
“There’s no peace in public mind due to the misrule. They (people) want to get rid of the current suffocating situation,” he added.
Stating that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia has been ‘unfairly’ convicted and kept in jail in ‘false’ cases, Fakhrul said it has now proved that the judiciary cannot deal independently with the cases filed against the BNP chief.
Describing Khaleda Zia as the symbol of democracy, he said democracy will be restored when the BNP chairperson will be freed from jail.
The BNP leader also said their party is working to unite the country’s people alongside carrying out a legal battle for waging a strong movement to free Khaleda Zia from jail.
At the end of the programme, pro-BNP professionals broke their token hunger strike by drinking water provided by Fakhrul.
Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) - BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Thursday said the national budget will not benefit the common people as it is not a ‘people-oriented’ one.
"No one can expect a people-friendly budget from an anti-people government. There's no reason that the current regime will place a pro-people budget when it has taken a position against them," he said while speaking at a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club.
Bangladesh Mohila Bigyan Samiti organised the discussion titled "2019-20 budget, allocation in education sector and our hope".
Mosharraf claimed that the budget will not be useful for the general people rather it will benefit a limited section. "If we want a people-oriented budget, we must install a democratic government. For this, it’s important for us to work unitedly to restore democracy,” he added.
Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) – Gonoforum on Thursday extend its support to the Left Democratic Alliance’s (LDA’s) half-day hartal to be enforced across the country on July 7 protesting the gas tariff hike.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s presidium members, said a press release.
Besides, the party announced some action programmes to register its protest against the gas price hike.
As part of the programmes, Gonoforum will distribute leaflets for a week from Saturday, and will take out a protest rally at 11am on Tuesday from in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
Besides, the party’s all district units will hold rallies and bring out processions the same day to force the government to revoke gas tariff hike decision.
On Sunday, the government announced to raise the average gas price by 32.8 percent for the retail consumers in the country effective Monday.
As per the new price hike, the household consumers having single burner will have to pay Tk925 a month instead of the existing Tk750 while the double burner users will have to pay Tk975 instead of the existing Tk 800.
Protesting the government’s decision, the LDA on Monday announced to enforce a half-day hartal across the country on July 7.
Left Democratic Alliance, a coalition of eight left-leaning political parties, comprises Communist Party of Bangladesh, Socialist Party of Bangladesh, Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh, Ganasamhati Andolan and Ganatantrik Biplobi Party.