Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said BNP is gradually losing its popularity and existence as they always react negatively to any initiative taken by the government.
He came up with the remarks while inaugurating a workshop titled "Social Media for Increasing Employability" at the auditorium of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.
The programme was organised by the Science and Technology Subcommittee of the ruling party.
Accusing the government of violating the constitution by signing ‘anti-state’ bilateral documents with India, BNP on Sunday demanded annulment of the deals Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed on Saturday.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also demanded that the Prime Minister step down for breaching her constitutional oath by signing ‘unilateral’ documents with India to protect her own interests sacrificing the national ones.
Rizvi also said Sheikh Hasina has lost all the constitutional rights to remain in the post of Prime Minister by signing the documents with India as she only protected the interests of the neighbouring country.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said there is nothing unconstitutional and undemocratic in the memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed with India. “MoUs aren’t the final decision. BNP has forgotten the meaning of MoU as they have not been in power for long.”
He also urged BNP not to mislead people through their trickery terming the MoUs ‘anti-state’.
Quader said the Prime Minister never builds relationship with any country sacrificing the national interests. “Relationship with other countries has been strengthened protecting national interests. Only Sheikh Hasina has the ability to bargain for protecting the national interests by any means,” he said.
On Saturday, Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
About the arrest of Jubo League’s Dhaka South unit President Ismail Hossain Samrat for his alleged involvement in casino business, the ruling party leader said no one except Sheikh Hasina is the integral part of the party.
Chattogram, Oct 6 (UNB) - Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal’s Chattogram City committee chief Monwara Begum Moni was suspended from the party on Saturday night for her involvement in anti-party activities.
Senior Vice-President Fatema Badsha will be the acting president, Mohila Dal said in a statement. Its central committee General Secretary Sultana Ahmed also confirmed UNB about the decision over phone.
Monwara will lose her primary membership and all positions she had been holding as allegations against her were proven, the statement said, without elaborating.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – Gonoforum General Secretary Dr Reza Kibria on Saturday alleged that the interests of the country’s people have not been protected through the bilateral documents Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed with India.
Reza came up with the comments while talking to reporters after a meeting of Gonoforum presidium members at party President Dr Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence.
He also voiced doubt whether the current government has the ‘capability and willingness’ to protect the interests of the people of Bangladesh.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents, aiming to take the relations between the two countries to the next trajectory.
The documents were signed, exchanged, adopted and handed over after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
The Gono Forum general secretary said the government is also being unable to deliver on all other fronts. “They couldn’t resolve the Rohingya crisis and ensure our fair share water from Teesta and other common rivers. They also failed to bridge the trade gap with India. They’ve failures everywhere from the agriculture to foreign policy.”
Reza said the government will be forced to quit power and hold a fair election soon due to its incapability and failures.
He said their party is working to strengthen its organisational strength and intensify the activities of the Jatiya Oikyafront to oust the current government from power.
About the recent anti-corruption purge, he said it will have no significance if the ‘big corrupts’ are not arrested. “Only some fourth and fifth grade ruling party leaders has so far been arrested. The government must arrest the top leaders who are involved in corruption if it’s really sincere about curbing graft.”
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Saturday voiced resentment against the party MPs recent activities as he thinks they apparently tried to erase Khaleda Zia’s image an ‘uncompromising’ leader in the name of freeing her from jail.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said. “They (MPs) tried to demonstrate before people that they’re very sincere about madam’s release…but they’ve got caught while making efforts to remove Khaleda Zia’s tittle of uncompromising leader.”
Zia Shishu Kishore Mela Kendriya Sangsad arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Gayeshwar, a BNP standing committee member, said Khaleda Zia will not comprise with the government. “She won’t receive anybody’s compassion or want to be freed on parole. She’s an uncompromising leader,” he added.
The BNP leader said Khaleda Zia will be freed through a movement, and their party will continue its agitation in this regard.
Gayeshwar also said though their jailed chairperson is physically week, her moral is very strong and, she will not bow down to anybody.
On Wednesday last, four BNP MPs met Khaleda at BSMMU and urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to see their ailing chairperson for herself and take steps for her release on bail.
On Tuesday, three other BNP MPs also met Khaleda at the BSMMU and they said she is willing to go abroad for treatment if she is granted bail.
Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year.
About the government’s current anti-graft purge, Gayeshwar said this is nothing, but a drama to divert people’s attention to a different direction from the country’s problems.
“I think the government has arranged a performance of monkey (through the drive) to mislead people and continue its misdeeds,” he said.
The BNP leader said the country’s economy has become bankrupt while banks have got depleted. “That’s what they (Govt) are staging mini dramas to divert people’s attention from such bankruptcy to another direction.”
He said the government can give people a surprise by arresting a few ‘small fry’ in a dramatic move, but it will not help free the country from corruption.
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said their party chairperson Khaleda Zia will not compromise with the government over her release from jail.
“Khaleda Zia won’t bow down to anybody as she’s the leader of the country’s 16-17 crore people. She would be released either though the legal process or a street movement, in no other way,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “In fact, it’s not possible to free her without a spontaneous mass upsurge of people as she won’t reach any understanding with anybody. If necessary, she’ll endure more sufferings in jail, but she won’t make any compromise with the current regime.”
Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding Khaleda Zia’s release.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said Khaleda was convicted in the cases that were not filed ‘lawfully’. “The cases were filed as per the political will of the government out of its political vengeance.”
As per the Code of Criminal Procedure, he said, the High Court can grant bail to a sick, female and elderly convicted person under any stage of the case proceedings, but a 74-year-old sick Khaleda Zia is not getting bail. “Even, condemned convicts and those who got life term imprisonment are granted bail. But, Khaleda Zia is not given it.”
The BNP leader said their chairperson is not getting bail as the government does not want it. “Courts are now regulated with political influence. Judges now can’t work freely applying their conscience as an appalling situation has been prevailing.”
About the current anti-graft drive, he said it has exposed that the government is bogged down in corruption. “Those arrested in the last two weeks belong to the ruling party.”
“But such a drive after 10 years is nothing but eyewash. I don’t find it’s any significance. Evan after that, I welcome it. I urge you (PM) to make public the wealth statements of your current and former ministers and MPs. If you do that, we’ll understand you’re serious about the drive,” Moudud said.
He also said the current drive will be successful if those abetted the small fry like Jubo League leaders Shamim, Khaled and Samrat in indulging misdeeds and corruption from behind the scene can be arrested. “We know you won’t do it, and the issue will be hushed up within a short time, and then newspapers will focus on other issues.”