BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the prices of onion and other essentials have shot up due to the ‘government’s corruption, incompetence and foul play by ruling party-backed business syndicates’.
“The prices of all essentials, not only that of onion, have marked a sharp raise and gone beyond people’s buying capacity,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after offering fathea at the grave of great national leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani at Santosh here, marking his 43rd death anniversary.
He said the framers did not get the fair prices of their crops, including paddy. “The government has completely failed to run the state. That’s why it’s unable to control anything.”
Fakhrul said the government has no responsibility to people since it was ‘not elected’ by their votes. “The government has imposed an autocratic rule in the country by destroying democracy and snatching people’s rights.”
He called upon the people of all walks of life to get united being imbued with the ideals of Moulana Bhasani to remove the current ‘undemocratic government’.
The BNP leader alleged that their party Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail by convicting her in ‘false’ cases out of the government’s political ‘vengeance’.
He said BNP has been on a movement against the ‘autocratic’ government to free Khaleda from jail. “We believe the government will be forced to release our leader (Khaleda) in the face of a united movement of people.”
A BNP delegation, led by Fakhrul, went to Santosh around 12pm and placed a wreath at the grave of Bhasani.
The 43rd death anniversary of Bhasani was observed amid various programmes.
Different organisations, including Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP Bhasani), BNP, Awami League, Jatiya Party, Krishak Sramik Janata League, Moulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology, Bhasani Foundation and Shaheed Asad Parisad and other organisations observed by placing wreaths at his mazar, holding discussions and arranging doa and milad mahfils, art competition and poetry recitation.
Bhasani, popularly known as 'Majlum Jananeta', the leader of the downtrodden, passed away on November 17, 1976.
BNP on Sunday alleged that ‘government-backed’ syndicates now have started raising the prices of rice alongside the onion.
“Rice prices are now on the rise along with that of onion. The syndicates, secretly-supported by the government, is now looking at the rice market and people have to buy it at higher prices like onion. They’re plundering public money in every possible way,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The prices of rice increased by Tk 4-6 per kg over the last few days. No step by any government agency is in sight to control the price hike. In fact, the government has no monitoring over the market.”
The BNP leader questioned as to why the rice prices are going up while the government has enough stock of the staple food across the country. “Rice import is also higher this time than last year’s. The rice supply in wholesale and retail markets is also normal, and there’s no crisis of rice anywhere, but its prices are increasing.”
As the government did not take any action against those involved in onion scam, he said the rice ‘hoarders supported by some ministers, MPs and pro-government businessmen’ have now become desperate to make quick buck.
Rizvi said people want to know why the government could not resolve the onion crisis for a long time.
He said the government’s incompetence and negligence are the main reasons behind the unusual hike in the prices of the important kitchen item like onion.
The BNP leader said their party will stage protest rallies across the country on Monday against the exorbitant onion price.
In the capital, he said, their protest rally will be held in front of the Jatiya Press Club at 10am.
Jatiya Oikyafront on Sunday sent a letter to prison authorities seeking permission for its five leaders to meet ailing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at Bangabandhu Sheik Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Talking to UNB, Oikyafront office secretary Jahangir Alam Mintoo said their five leaders, led by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) president Abdur Rob, will meet Khaleda in the first phase.
The four other leaders are JSD vice-president Tania Rob, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gonoforum general secretary Reza Kibria and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury.
As per the discussion with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan during a meeting on October 22, he said they sent the letter mentioning the names of five Oikyafront leaders to the IG Prison to meet the BNP chief in the first phase.
Mintoo said they requested the jail authorities to allow the five leaders to meet Khaleda either on Monday or Tuesday.
He said four-five other Oikyafront leaders will meet the BNP chairperson later in the second phase.
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, though her party claims both the cases are 'politically motivated'.
She has been receiving treatment at the BSMMU since April 1 last.
BNP will stage protest rallies across the country on Monday against the unusual hike in the prices of essentials, including onion.
The decision was taken at a meeting of BNP standing committee members held at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office on Saturday.
“The price of onion has unusually increased, and it’s already proved that a government-backed syndicate is involved with it. Not only onion, but also the prices of all the essentials marked a sharp rise due to the government’s failure,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, he further said, “We’ll hold protest rallies all over the country, including Dhaka, on Monday against the unusual increase in the prices of onion and other daily essentials.”
Fakhrul said their party also decided to participate in the public hearing to be held on November 28 on the government’s proposal to raise the power tariff again.
He said a team of their party, led by its standing committee member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, will join the public hearing and present their party’s views on it.
As per their earlier decision, the BNP leader said, their party will send a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina either on Sunday or Monday seeking detailed information about the bilateral documents signed with India during her visit to the neighbouring country last month.
He alleged that the tenure and expenditure of the Padma Bridge project have been increased again for plundering more public money.
Fakhrul said their meeting denounced the derogatory remarks of Jatiya Party Secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga against Noor Hossain, and demanded parliament take punitive action against him. “We think such a person shouldn’t have the membership of parliament.”
He criticised the Prime Minister for taking position in favour of the Jahangirnagar University Vice-chancellor, saying it is very regrettable.
The BNP leader said their party has extended its support to the movement of Jahangirnagar University teachers and students against its VC as the party thinks their demands are justified ones.
He said another appeal will be filed on Sunday seeking bail for their chairperson Khaleda Zia as her health condition is very bad. “We hope the judiciary will work independently and grant her (Khaleda) bail on health grounds as she deserves it. We expect she’ll get justice from the court.”
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, Nov 16 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Saturday urged the freedom fighters (FFs) to come forward to build a new Bangladesh free from poverty, inequality and social injustice.
“We got the independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, but our struggle for emancipation from poverty, economic discrimination, social injustice and discrimination among people is not over yet,” he said.
Quader further said, “The freedom fighters who were ready to sacrifice their lives for the country have to play a responsible role in the struggle for establishing the justified rights of people. Freedom fighters must come forward to build a new Bangladesh under the leadership of Jatiya Party.”
He came up with the remarks while speaking at a programme of Jatiya Muktijoddha Party at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office.
Quader said their party’s late founder HM Ershad honoured the freedom fighters in various ways as he considered them as the best sons of the soil.
He said Ershad initiated allowances for the freedom fighters and set up offices for them. “The current Prime Minister further enhanced the trend of respecting the freedom fighters.”
Jatiya Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga said people will ever remember with gratitude the sacrifices of the freedom fighters for the country and their contributions to it.
“Many people will be able to MPs and ministers, but those who did not fight for their country will never become freedom fighters. That’s why HM Ershad called the freedom fighters the best sons of the nation,” he said.