Every Election to Be Free and Fair in Future
Awami League president and prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, has said that every elec - tion in future would be free and fair. She also said that people should be able to vote as they wish and for whoever they wish to. Hasina made her remarks at the beginning of a joint meeting of Awami League’s executive and advisory committees held at Gonobhaban on January 30. She added that nobody would be allowed to play games with the people’s right to vote.
Government is Giving Away Secrets to Stay in Power
BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has accused the government of handing over Bangladesh to India since it came to power. He said that the government had given up Bangladesh to India without any restraint. Rizvi said it in a press conference held at the party’s central office in Naya Paltan on February 3 when he also questioned the visit of the Indian high commissioner to the police academy in Sardah, Rajshahi, and blamed the government for conspiring to give away state secrets to India.
People in Incognito are Running the Government
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir does not think Awami League is running the government. Instead, he said he believes that there are people in incognito who are running the government and controlling everything. That, he said, explained why there is no political thinking reflected in the government’s actions. Mirza Fakhrul was speaking at a meeting held at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on February 3.
Burqa for Sheikh Hasina
Dhaka University’s UGC professor Ajoy Roy has cautioned the government against the communal amendments made in text books as per the demands of Hefazat-e-Islam. He said if it continues like this, then the prime minister too will be forced to wear burqa and hijab one day. He was speaking at a discussion session organized by Sommilito Samajik Andolon at the Liberation War Museum on January 29. He said we would rightfully ask you to identify the Hefazat sympathizers amongst you, punish them and produce them before the people. He said if the government fails to do that, it will not be able to present Bangladesh as a secular country before the rest of the world. He cautioned that a day might come when Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina will have to wear burqa and hijab.
BNP is Bound to Contest and Lose in the Next Election
Health minister Mohammad Nasim insisted that the 2019 election will be held under Sheikh Hasina. He said BNP will be bound to contest in that election and lose it at the same time. In his opin - ion, people will vote for Sheikh Hasina after seeing all the development work she has done. Nasim was addressing a crowd in Sirajganj on January 28 when he also said that nobody will find-even the trace of paddy sheaf in the next election.
Development Without Good Governance
Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad believes that there may be development in the country, but it does not have good governance. He said that so much development work had never taken place before. He was talking to journalists at Patuakhali Circuit House on February 4 when he also added that it is due to the absence of good governance that people including journalists are getting killed every day. He said he had never heard before that journalists died of gunshots. Ershad also said he would like to express his condemnation for such a heinous act.
People are Scared to Go to Polls Under the Elected Party
GM Quader, cochairman of Jatiya Party, observed that people are scared to go to polls under the elected government. He said it in the biennial meeting of National Jubo Sanghoti in Tangail on February 4. Quader said his party, however, is not afraid of participating in the election under the elected party, because elections are always held under the elected political parties in every developed country of the world including America. He said an election becomes controversial if not held under the elected party. But, he added, the people of Bangladesh are afraid of going to polls under the elected party because they do not believe the polls will be fair and neutral under its supervision.
BNP was Born Illegitimately in Military Barracks
Awami League’s joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was never respectful of the law because her party was illegitimately born in the military barracks. He was talking to journalists at his residence in Kushtia on February 3 when he told them it was expected that BNP leaders and activists would not be respectful of the law either. He added that lawsuits were filed against Khaleda Zia during the time of caretaker government. The court had asked her to appear 50 to 60 times but she had appeared for 8 to 19 times. Hanif hoped that Khaleda would abstain from the contempt she had shown to the law in the past.
Putting Parliament and Media Face to Face
Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Journalists Union, has expressed his concern that certain quarters are trying to put the parliament and the media face to face to create instability in the country. He said it while demanding withdrawal of a lawsuit against the prime minister’s information adviser during a rally held on the Chittagong Press Club premises on January 31. He said the dignity of journalists is being undermined in the parliament with the permission of the speaker when the journalists have no chance to defend themselves in the parliament. Bulbul also said that if this situation prevails, then some quarters, be it militants or enemies of this government, will try to create a confrontation between the parliament and the media to destabilize the country.
Only People Can Teach Democracy to This Government
Former president of Bangladesh and Bikalpadhara chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury claimed that the incumbent government is destroying democracy. He said only people can teach democracy to this government and the politicians must pursue that course of politics. Chowdhury said it while addressing the reception for Mahmudur Rahman Manna, the convener of Nagorik Oikya, on January 31.