Chancellor of the University That Once Rejected Him
President Md. Abdul Hamid in his address at the 50th convocation of Dhaka University quipped that he was the chancellor of the same university that had once rejected him. On March 4, the president went beyond his scripted speech to say that it surprised him to think that he has become the vice chancellor of Dhaka University. He revealed that he got third division in the Matriculation examination and referred in Logic in his Intermediate examination. He then added that when he applied for admission at this university, it even refused to give him the admission form.
BNP Will Not Be Allowed to Come to Power
Health minister Mohammad Nasim has emphasized that under no circumstances will BNP be allowed to come to power in the next election. He was speaking at a function organized by Chhatra League on March 10 when he further added that there is no point in giving a different formula for the election because Bangladesh will hold election in the same manner it is held in India, America and other democratic countries of the world. He said as per the Constitution, Sheikh Hasina should head the election-time government and the 2019 election will have to be held under her premiership.
The Risk of Becoming a Militant State
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that the government’s over-efficiency in suppressing militancy is getting Bangladesh identified as a militant state before the rest of the world. In a discussion meeting held on March 9, Mirza Fakhrul mentioned the United States has identified three countries, which are Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. He said many Bangladeshis are facing visa problems today and those who are going to Singapore to find jobs are being sent back. He also added that it is because certain foreign powers had the objective of proving Bangladesh as a militant state and our over-efficient government has also convinced the world that Bangladesh is a militant state.
Waiting for Election Until the Day of Judgment
BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy has proclaimed that his party would not participate in an election under Sheikh Hasina. He was responding to the ruling party threat that BNP’s registration would be cancelled if it fails to go to the polls. On March 5, Roy said in a meeting held at Dhaka Reporters Unity that such a threat will have no impact on BNP because its objective is not to get power but to bring back people’s right to vote. He said his party will have to make a further sacrifice and it should be made clear that his party would wait until the Day of Judgment instead of going to polls under Sheikh Hasina.
There is No Politics in the Country
Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad has commented that there is no politics in the country. He said at a function that politics is now confined to scathing attacks on the opponents. One side says they would not participate in the polls under Sheikh Hasina until the Day of Judgment. The other side insists that it would cancel the registration of the rival party if it does not participate in the polls. He said it on March 6 when more than three hundred BNP activists joined the Jatiya Party at its Banani office.
No Difference Between Invading Forces and BNP-Jamaat
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina claimed that the March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was distorted. She said efforts were also underway for a long time to erase the name of Bangabandhu and thus to distort history. The illegitimate occupiers of power tried to give misguided information to the nation, which is why the new generation has been deprived of the real history for many years. While speaking at the Krishibid Institute in the city on March 10, Hasina further said that those people eventually did not succeed in their evil scheme. She added that in reality there was no difference between the invading Pakistani forces and their collaborators BNP and Jamaat.
Development Without Democracy is Useless
BNP standing committee member Dr. Moin Khan believes that development without democracy is useless for the people. He was speaking at a discussion held on March 11 by Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal to commemorate the imprisonment of BNP’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman when he said that the government is repeatedly saying that development is more important than democracy. Dr. Khan said his party would like to make it clear that development without democracy has no use for the common people as it benefits only a handful of people.
Teachers Now Flatter Student Leaders
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader recently criticized the teachers at a Dhaka University event. He said that the teachers have lost their self-respect and are engaged in flatter - ing the student leaders. Quader also criticized the "luxurious" lifestyle of the student leaders. He was speaking as the chief guest at the 50th anniversary celebration of Dhaka University's Surja Sen Hall on March 10.
Saying Everything About Question Paper Leaks
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid has blamed some teachers for the failure to prevent question paper leaks even when he has prior information about it. He said that question papers are being leaked on Facebook after the question papers are delivered to the teachers on the morning of the exam day. The minister complained that there is such a situation that he could neither speak openly about this subject nor tolerate it. Nahid further said at a human chain organized by the Anti-Corruption Commission that this will not be tolerated any more and the truth is that the country needs more teachers who have got a strong sense of values.
“What are You Doing?”
The opposition leader in the parliament, Rawshan Ershad, attacked BNP after it called Jatiya Party a domesticated opposition party. The cochairperson of Jatiya Party said that BNP has been talking nonsense and calling Jatiya Party a domesticated opposition party. She then asked BNP, “If we are a domesticated opposition party, what are you doing?” She said, “You did not even go to the parliament.” Ever since Jatiya Party participated in the 10th parliamentary election and also took a number of cabinet positions, BNP has been taunting it as a domesticated opposition party.