Dhaka, June 30 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Sunday termed imaginary Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment that BNP’s ‘nomination trade’ during the 11th parliamentary election swelled Bangladeshis’ deposits in the Swiss banks.
Speaking at a human-chain programme, he also said the national budget passed in parliament on Sunday will not only push up profits of businessmen, instead of ensuring people’s welfare.
“The Prime Minister told parliament yesterday (Saturday) that BNP indulged in nomination trade and deposited the money in the Swiss banks. Do you (PM) think people will believe it?” the BNP leader said.
He said no report on siphoning off money in the outgoing fiscal, in which the last general election was held, has so far been published. “But you (PM) got the nomination trade and siphoning off the money (by BNP leaders) in your imagination.”
Referring to Swiss National Bank’s (SNB’s) report on siphoning off several thousand crores of taka in 2018, the BNP leader questioned who collected the huge amount of money through nomination trade and deposited it in the Swiss banks in the last fiscal. “Why’re you not making public the list of those who siphoned off the money?
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, also claimed that around Tk 40,000 crore was laundered from Bangladesh in the last 10 years.
He asked the Prime Minister to explain the reason for not identifying those who siphoned off the huge amount of money of the country’s people and disclosing their names.
Jatiyatabdi Sramik Dal arranged the human chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
About the national budget, Nazrul said it is not a business-friendly budget, rather businessmen-friendly one. “This budget won’t help increase employment opportunity. People won’t get benefitted from it as businessmen will make huge money getting the facilities given in the budget, and will siphon off it abroad.”
Nazrul criticised Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque for his comment about removing BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave from the Jatiya Sangsad premises.
“Don’t try to play with the grave of Ziaur Rahman as people will take a position against it,” he warned the government.
Dhaka, Jun 29 (UNB) – BNP on Saturday decided take a series of action programmes to intensify its movement for ensuring the release of Khaleda Zia from jail.
The decision was taken at a meeting of BNP standing committee members at its chairperson’s Gulshan office.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Our meeting has decided to intensify the movement alongside taking necessary legal steps for having Khaleda Zia freed from jail.”
The BNP leader also said they are now working out their series of programmes and those will be announced by four weeks.
On June 22, the party policymakers decided to announce their action programmes at all the divisions, including Dhaka, by a month.
At today’s meeting, Fakhrul said they discussed various issues, including the latest political and law-and-order situation in the country, Rifat murder and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s ongoing movement.
BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman joined the meeting from London through Skype.
Fakhrul said their meeting strongly condemned the killing of Rifat by stabbing in broad daylight in Barguna on Wednesday. “Our meeting thinks such murder incidents are growing due to the failure and apathy of the government and the law enforcers.”
He said the government has no accountability to people since it was not elected by them. “People have lost their confidence in the state organisations as their rights were snatched resorting to terrorism and using arms in the December-30 election.”
The BNP leader said Bangladesh is gradually turning into a “dysfunctional state” as serious economic, political and social crises are prevailing in the country.
Fakhrul criticised Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque for his comment about removing BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave from the Jatiya Sangsad premises. “He used to make such comments. We think they (AL) only expose their political bankruptcy with such remarks.”
BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Selima Rahman and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku were present at the meeting.
Dhaka, Jun 29 (UNB) – Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna on Saturday said BNP has gained nothing by joining parliament where MPs are always busy flattering the Prime Minister.
“Parliament members start praising the leader (Hasina) just after taking the floor. The way they talk in the House that means that it’s only Sheikh Hasina who deserves to be admired. The person (PM) who is admired also laughs dimly. We’re watching such circuses and caricatures regularly,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the Nagorik Oikya chief also said those who think of carrying out a struggle in parliament instead of on the street, they actually are not fit for any movement.
Shaheed Zia Smrity Parishad, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club.
Manna, also a top leader of Jatiya Oikyafront, said their alliance MPs who joined parliament as part of their movement only get two minutes to speak up. “One minute later they get their microphone switched off. It’s not possible to carry out the movement this way.”
He said a street movement is now a must to ‘restore’ democracy and free the nation from the suffocating situation. “It takes 10-30 years in deferent countries to restore democracy. The sooner we can take to the streets the sooner democracy will be restored.”
The Oikyafront leader also urged their alliance partners to get ready by reorganising their parties for waging a strong movement.
Dhaka, Jun 29 (UNB) – BNP standing committee member Selima Rahman on Saturday said the incidents of killing, enforced disappearance and rape have now engulfed the country for lack of good governance and impunity culture.
“Rifat was hacked to death in broad daylight on Wednesday. What we see there’s no trial of any murder incident. The murderers of Sagar-Runi and Tonu didn’t face trial,” she said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “The incidents of killing and enforced disappearance have now grasped Bangladesh as there’s no justice, good governance while the judiciary has gone under the grip of the government.”
She also alleged that the law enforcers are abusing power as the government has lost its control over them.
Some unruly youths stabbed 25-year-old Rifat with sharp weapons in front of Barguna Government College on Wednesday morning, leaving him critically injured. He was taken to Barishal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Selima also voiced deep concern over the growing incidents of social crimes. “Students are now being assaulted by their teachers. Our girls and women are now afraid of teachers as they’re turning out to be wolfs.”
Though the government used to make promises of taking stern action against offenders whenever any incident happened, she said it hides the incidents a few days later sparing the criminals. “The Nusrat-murder case is now losing its trial pace. We didn’t see any fair trial of any sensational incidents in the last 10 years.”
Earlier at a human chain programme, she alleged that a grand festival of killing and enforced disappearance and rape is going on in the country, spreading panic among people.
“People now lack the minimum freedom for raising their voice. There’s also no justice while killing, rape, corruption and plundering are prevailing everywhere in the country,” Selima said.
Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Selima alleged women now have no security in the country as they are being subjected to repression, rape and harassment by the people having political clout.
She said the government can neither control the law enforcers nor the criminal and unethical acts since it has been in power unethically by holding a ‘mid-night election’.
Under the circumstance, Selima urged the country’s people to wage a strong movement to free Khaleda Zia from jail and ‘restore’ democracy and the rule of law in the country.
Dhaka, June 28 (UNB)— BNP on Friday welcomed new political platform ‘Jatiya Mukti Mancha’ floated by Oli Ahmed, President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
“We welcome any initiative for the restoration of democracy and ensuring the release of our chairperson Khaleda Zia,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He came up with the remark after placing a wreath at party found Ziaur Rahman’s grave. He was accompanied by recently-elected Bogura-6 parliamentarian GM Siraj.
Fakhrul voiced deep concern over the deteriorating law and order situation. “Incidents like the recent killing in Barguna are taking place regularly in the country as the law and order situation continue to deteriorate,” he said.
“The incident has exposed the government’s utter failure to maintain law and order,” the BNP leader said, claiming that crimes are on the rise as the government politicised all institutions, including the law enforcement agencies.
When he was asked about Awami League leader Mohammed Nasim’s remark that Dr Kamal Hossain worked for the ruling party in the last general election, Fakhrul declined to comment.
“It’s a political rhetoric,” he said. “I don’t want to make any comment.”