Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged that the ‘arrest business’ by law enforcers has now become a regular practice as a reign of terror has been established in the country.
“The evil tricks to arrest and harass opposition activists have now taken a serious turn. The Awami League government has continued inexpressible repressions on opposition leaders and activists after usurping power by force through stanching people’s voting rights,” he said.
In a statement, the BNP leader further said, “A reign of terror has been established in the country through repression on leaders and activists of BNP and other opposition parties after arresting them in false case. The arrest business by law enforcers has now become an order of the day.”
Fakhrul alleged that BNP leaders and workers are passing through miserable time in fear of arrest in ‘fabricated’ cases.
The statement was issued protesting and condemning the arrest of BNP national executive committee member Sheikh Mohammad Shamim.
The BNP secretary general said Shamim was subjected to the government’s political vengeance.
He demanded the government immediately release the BNP executive committee member after withdrawing ‘politically motivated’ cases filed against him.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir should resign from his party shouldering the responsibility for the failures both in the movement and the election.
“As a secretary general he couldn’t carry out a movement for 10 minutes over the last 10 years while his party couldn’t get even 10 seats in the election. BNP has failed both in the movement and the election. He (Fakhrul) should resign taking the responsibility for the failures if he has the minimum sense of shame,” he said.
A day after Fakhrul asked him to apologise publicly for committing the offence of “vote rigging” in the 11th parliamentary election, Quader hit back at his BNP counterpart while talking to reporters at Awami League’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office after an extended meeting of Dhaka south city unit Jubo League.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said those who turned down people’s outstanding victory should apologise to the nation.
He also said Fakhrul is now behaving like a ‘reckless driver’, and urged all to remain alert about him to avert any accident.
On Tuesday, Fakhrul said Awami League is now unable to handle such a major ‘rigging’ in the election. “Ask Mr Quader (AL general secretary) to go to a stadium and apologise to the nation for resorting to blatant lies and deceiving people.”
Mentioning that the December-30 national election was transparent and excellent one, Quader questioned whether any agent of the candidates of BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront raised any objection about the transparency of the election on the voting day.
7He also trashed the report of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on various election irregularities, including stamping ballot papers the night before the polls, terming those fictitious ones.
“TIB has now come up with the fairytale after so many days of the election. We know why they’ve cooked up so many imaginary and unbelievable stories. The country’s people will give a reply to it,” the minister added.
Dhaka, Jan 15 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday alleged that the government has completely failed to control the overheated rice market as the ruling party-backed syndicate is raising the prices of the staple through tricks.
“Rice prices have gone up frequently over the last few days. The prices have increased by Tk 6-8 per kg over the last one week. People, belonging to the ruling party-backed syndicate, are raising the prices through various tricks,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the allegation at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
The BNP leader said coarse rice is selling at Tk 50 while other varieties at Tk 70-80.
Rizvi said though the new food minister recently urged the traders to keep the rice market stable to protect his dignity, the traders raised the prices further.
“The syndicate members, who helped them (govt) in the election of vote robbery, have hiked the rice prices to make money. It’s now a big question whether the food minister has the power to take action against them,” he said.
The BNP leader said the syndicate of rice traders is making huge money putting people in serious troubles to cope with the exorbitant prices of the main food. “Even, low-income people are starving due to the unusual rise in the rice prices.”
He feared that the food crisis may hit the country in the days to come when the prices are rising during the paddy season. “We strongly condemn the government’s failure to control the price hike.”
About the recent unrest in readymade garment factories, Rizvi said the government is pushing the RMG sector towards destruction in a planned way.
He alleged that the government has put the owners and workers of the RMG factories against each other due to its failure to work out a justified wage structure and its implementation.
Dhaka, Jan 15 (UNB) – Awami League will contest the upcoming Upazila Parishad elections without any alliance, party General Secretary Obaidul Quader said on Tuesday.
“We won’t go into the polls as part of any alliance,” he said at a meeting of Awami League’s Dhaka North unit held at the party’s Dhanmondi office.
The Awami League, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, won an overwhelming majority in the December-30 national election.
The ruling party-led alliance secured 96 percent seats in the 300-member Parliament while BNP and its allies won only eight seats.
The Upazila Parishad elections, coming shortly after the parliamentary polls, will be a test of popularity of the political parties.
Quader said the presidents of the party’s upazila and district units would suggest three possible candidates and the party’s Upazila election nomination board will choose one of them.
Dhaka, Jan 15 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday asked his ruling party counterpart Obaidul Quader to apologise publicly for committing the offence of ‘vote rigging’ in the 11th parliamentary election.
“Now they (govt) can’t tackle such a big stealing in the election…ask Mr Quader (AL general secretary) to apologise first to the nation going to the stadium for resorting to blatant lies and deceiving and depriving people,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “A path for discussions with other parties will be created, if they (AL) apologise to people.”
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting post-election violence victim and Jashore Jubo Dal activist Faisal Ali at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Faisal was indiscriminately stabbed reportedly by ruling party activists on December 31 in Jashore, leaving him seriously injured.
Fakhrul talked to doctors and enquired about the health condition of the injured Jubo Dal activist.
The BNP leader alleged that the entire country has turned into a hospital as Awami League usurped power snatching people’s voting rights. “They’re now finding out their opponents at every district, upazila and union and repressing them. They’re also capturing the houses and shops and other property of their opponents, creating a serious anarchic situation in the country.”
Referring to his Monday’s visit to Sylhet’s Balaganj, Fakhrul said local people narrated how opposition leaders and activists were tortured and a Chhatra Dal activist was gunned down on the election day. “Even they (AL activists) opened fire on women there.”
He alleged that the ruling party is now taking various ‘evil’ tactics to justify the election both at home and abroad. “It’s very regrettable that they’ve no minimum sense of shame. They’re claiming to have a grand victory in the election, but people are utterly depressed as they couldn’t exercise their voting right.”
The BNP leader said the ruling party is least bothered about people’s pains and agonies as it lost direction due to greed for power.