Cox’s Bazar, Sept 22 (UNB) – Mentioning that BNP made Bangladesh the world champion in corruption for five times, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said ethical words do not suit its leaders.
“BNP is raising question against the government about corruption. But they were five-time champion in corruption and no-one can break the record. They didn’t take any effective measure in preventing corruption,” he said.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, was talking to reporters after a views-exchange meeting with the government officials at the deputy commissioner’s office.
He said ‘Hawa Bhaban’ was the base of corruption during the BNP tenure and all the leaders of BNP were corrupt.
The ruling party leader also asked all the BNP leaders to resign from their posts following their failure to free their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail through a movement.
He urged the government officials to work with honesty instead of indulging in corruption. “No corruption in the name of Awami League will be tolerated,” he said.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) – In the wake of the arrest of some ruling party leaders in drives against illegal casinos and businesses, BNP on Saturday demanded resignation of the government.
“The high tone of the government has now been lowered as they’ve been caught. They themselves are catching their people,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Talking to reporters after a meeting of BNP standing committee members at party chairperson’s Gulshan office, he further said, “We would like to tell the government you please quit power as you have failed to run the country.”
The BNP leader also called upon the government to hold a fresh election under a neutral administration to ease public sufferings.
He said gambling has badly spread all over the country during the rule of the current government as it has lost control on the state machinery. “They’re failing to control those who helped them grab power on December 29. Their party men and law enforcers have gone out of their control.”
Fakhrul said all the state organs are collapsing as the government has no accountability and ‘legitimacy’.
He said relatives of their party chairperson Khaleda Zia met her on Friday, and found her in a serious condition.
The BNP leader said Khaleda has lost weight as she herself unable to eat anything due to her fragile health condition.
He demanded the government free Khaleda Zia from jail so that she can receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice.
Fakhrul alleged that the government is slowly pushing the BNP chief towards death by deriving her of her right to get freed on bail. “We want her to be freed immediately through the legal process.”
BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Nazrul Islam Khan were present at the meeting.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday slammed Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader for accusing their party of introducing the casino culture in the country, saying the ruling party is resorting to lies to hide its misdeeds.
“If BNP introduced casino and gambling during its rule, why didn’t the government prevent the illegal business over the last 12 years? Had the casino business begum during the BNP’s rule, the 1/11 government would have tracked down it,” he said.
Speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader further said, “They (AL leaders) are now trying to shift the blame of their fault on others by resorting to lies.”
Jatiyatabadi Ulema Dal arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Earlier on Friday, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader at a press briefing claimed that BNP introduced the casino culture in Bangladesh.
Protesting the comment, Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said the casino business has been running in the capital with the help of the administration and the government’s backing. “Otherwise, the casino business could not continue within few yards of Motijheel Police Station.”
Referring to the recent arrests of two Jubo League leaders with huge stash of money as part of a crackdown on illegal casinos and businesses, the BNP leader said ‘black cats’ are now coming out of bags.
“If huge money, including 1.80 crore cash and sacks of dollars, can be found from the house of a small leader of Jubo league, it can be understood how much money the bigger leaders have amassed,” he observed.
Mosharraf also said huge public money can be recovered by conducting raids on the houses of senior ruling party leaders.
He alleged that the government has kept their chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail unfairly on ‘false’ corruption charges.
The BNP leader urged the country’s people to get united to free Khaleda from jail and ‘restore’ democracy.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) – BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that Awami League leaders have bogged down in corruption, shattering the country’s socio-political and economic structures.
“The government has sunk in corruption up to its throat. From their (AL’s) high-level leaders to the grassroots are now immersed in corruption, and we’ve seen some evidence of that over the last few days,” he said.
Fakhrul came up with the comments while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with newly elected president and general secretary of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD).
He also accused the ruling party leaders, including that of Jubo League and Chhatra League, of creating an awful situation for the country by seriously indulging in corruption. “It’s breaking down the country’s sociopolitical and economic structures.”
About the recent arrests of two Jubo league leaders as part of a crackdown on illegal casinos and businesses, he said now snakes are coming out from earthworm's holes.
About the ruling party’s allegation that the arrested duo was involved with BNP politics in the past, he said Awami League leaders are making such remarks only to avoid their responsibility. “There’s no point in making such comments as people understand everything. They (AL leaders) all are involved in corruption. No-one is left clean.”
The BNP leader warned that the ruling party leaders will not be able to escape public wraths for their widespread misdeeds and corruption.
He trashed Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader’s remarks that BNP introduced the ‘casino culture’ in Bangladesh, and claimed there had been no media report on casino business during BNP’s rule,
“Now media are awash with reports that Awami League government is not only indulging in corruption, but also turning the country into a failed state by destroying its socio-political structures,” Fakhrul observed.
He alleged that the government had conspired to prevent JCD from holding its council using court, but they successfully did it braving all the obstacles.
BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Mirza Abbas were, among others, present.
After nearly 27 years, JCD, the student wing of BNP, got its president and general secretary elected through direct balloting on Wednesday night.
Fazlur Rahman Khokon and Iqbal Hossain Shamol were elected JCD president and general secretary respectively.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said Awami League leaders themselves are now exposing that they are indulging in ‘corruption’ and ‘plundering’ public money.
“No-one now needs to talk about Awami League’s misrule, corruption and repressive acts. The leaders of Awami League, Jubo League and Chhatra League are now exposing their corruption. Awami League itself has proved that they’re plundering the wealth of the people of Bangladesh,” he said.
Speaking at a human-chain programme, the BNP leader said Chhatra League president and general secretary were removed for demanding their ‘fair share’ of Tk 86 crore. “Awami League plunged the country into such an anarchic situation that a university VC has also got involved in bribery.”
Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Fakhrul said Dhaka University students are now on a movement demanding the removal of its VC as he has indulged in corruption by admitting students without any test while the students Gopalganj Science and Technology University are demonstrating seeking the removal of their VC for his involvement in immoral acts. “The current illegal government has chosen the worst people and appointed them to the post of VCs.”
Referring to media reports, he said 60 casinos are now in Dhaka city run by Awami League and Jubo League leaders. “They’re caught by themselves.”
Fakhrul also said the government has failed to deliver on all fronts as it is not elected with people’s votes. “People have now started realising that they won’t get justice and security of their lives as long as Awami League remains in power. The country’s situation turned so worse that minor girls are being raped and killed, but no-one is facing trial.”
He said their party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition is so critical that she is unable to walk and move without anybody’s help, but she is getting proper treatment.
The BNP leader said they have long been demanding their chairperson’s release from jail for her better treatment, but the government is not paying heed to it. “She deserves to get freed on bail and it is her justified right.”