We Have Proven We Did No Corruption
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said that it was a challenge for her and she has proven that her government had done no corruption. The prime minister said it in her reaction to the cancellation by a Canadian court of the lawsuit on alleged corruption in the Padma Bridge project. She said it during a Cabinet meeting held at the secretariat on February 13. Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters after the meeting that Bangladesh’s position on the construction of Padma Bridge has been made clear. He added that the World Bank has failed to take up the challenge and that Bangladesh’s image before the world has only brightened further after the verdict.
Common Sense of Obaidul Quader
BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu has questioned the maturity of Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader after his comment on BNP’s capacity to mobilize political movements in the streets. Dudu said that Quader’s suggestion to strengthen BNP was childish. He was speaking at a meeting in Chittagong when he urged his opponent to keep the police force where it belonged and then the BNP would show its might. He asked Quader how old should he grow before he could have intelligence and common sense. Dudu then questioned how he could be so unintelligent at the age of 65 or almost 70.
A Safe Full of Money
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid talked about his limitations after listening to the demands of teachers regarding their salaries and bonuses. On February 18, teachers from all over the country gathered at a conference held at the Engineers Institution to demand the creation of new positions, payment of salaries to those under the MPO scheme, and arrange annual benefits and bonuses. While the teachers were raising slogans in the auditorium, the minister told them that they should not think that just because he worked for the government he could take any decision he liked. He also said that one should not think he had a safe full of money and he also had the key to it.
Election Under Hasina
BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy has rejected BNP’s chance of participating in the next parliamentary election under prime minister Sheikh Hasina. He asked why BNP should wait for five years if it must go to polls under Sheikh Hasina. He said in that case BNP could participate in the election of 2014. Roy made his remarks while talking to journalists after laying wreaths at the mausoleum of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman on February 18 on the occasion of the 37th founding anniversary of Tanti Dal. He said an election like that of January 5, 2014 had never happened before in the 60-year history of the Indian subcontinent. He said the voters did not go to the polling centers during that election, and they would not go again if the next election is also held in the same manner.
No Election If Khaleda Zia Goes to Jail
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has warned that it would not allow holding of any election in the country if BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is sent to jail under false charges. Mirza Fakhrul was addressing a meeting at Dhaka Reporters Unity on February 15 when he further said that the people would not participate in an election if it is held after Khaleda Zia is sentenced. He also said that Dr. Muhammad Yunus is a pride for all and the entire world has been honoring him. He then added that the prime minister has personally targeted Dr. Yunus as an enemy because she thought she had deserved the Nobel Prize.
Save Awami League to Save Bangladesh
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader believes that Awami League has to be saved in order to save Bangladesh. He said it is essential to save the Awami League to protect Bangladesh’s democracy, the spirit of the Liberation War and the independence of the country. He was addressing party workers at the historic Madrassah Maidan in Rajshahi on February 18 when he further added the independence movement of Bangladesh had started from the southern region of the country.
The Schools for Conjugal Squabbles
According to parliament member ASM Firoze, Indian television channels like Star Jalsha and Z Bangla are the schools which teach conjugal squabbles. He said it while inaugurating power connection and the Kalaiya Union Parishad building in Baufol upazila on February 17. Firoze asked the people present at the ceremony that since they had electricity they should be careful about having dish connections, using which their womenfolks could watch Indian television channels. He told them these channels teach nothing but domestic spats and obscenities.
“Leave While You Still Have Your Dignity”
BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi suggested that the newly appointed chief election commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, should leave his post to avoid undesirable circumstances. Rizvi said at a press conference held on February 12 that he would like to request the new CEC to voluntarily abandon his post before undesirable political situation arose. He said that BNP had even objected to the appointment of the Search Committee and it had become clear why that committee was created. He also added that the president, the government and the search committee belonged to the same plan. Rizvi concluded that the president appoints as CEC whoever is chosen by the prime minister.
Safety in the Dead of Night
Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Md. Asaduzzaman Mia said in a comment that the police is working to create an environment in which people should be able to walk safely in the city even in the dead of night. He was addressing a meeting held at the DMP Media Center on February 13 when he expressed this optimism. Commissioner Mia also added that DMP would ensure that people could go about the city in the middle of the night and they would not be victims of snatching, and girls could go to schools and colleges without falling prey to eve teasing. He insisted that much of that atmosphere had been created already.
Failure of the State
Professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal expressed his concern over the leakage of question papers for the SSC examinations. He said these leaks would not have happened if the education ministry meant business. He asked what could be a greater failure than this when as a state we could not even ensure examinations were held in a sound manner. Iqbal said it to reporters while attending a function organized by Chittagong City Corporation Municipal Model High School and College. He further said that question paper leaks could not have happened if only the education ministry or the government had decided against that, which meant that decision was never taken.