Buying Votes to Serve the People
President Abdul Hamid said during his address in Mithamain, Kishoreganj on March 12 that the representatives of the people should work with a commitment to serve the people. He said there is no need to buy votes with money to show one’s intention to serve the people. Hamid added that those who become people’s representatives by dint of money do not serve the people but build their own fortune. He further said that if one has money he can serve the people even without being elected as their representative. The president emphasized that if people’s representatives are honest then the public servants will be bound to be honest.
Pleasing the Merciful
While hinting at Awami League’s relationship with India, BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy said that it is the responsibility of the government to please those whose mercy has brought it to power. On March 17, he was addressing a meeting at National Press Club when he added the government has got into a misunderstanding with India over the control of the Bay of Bengal. Roy said that the government is not comfortable about the submarines because it is having a hard time managing the boss. He also mentioned that the government cannot say anything clearly because it has a responsibility to satisfy the demands of India which put it in power through a voterless election.
How is Hasina in Power?
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has urged prime minister Sheikh Hasina to tell everyone who stays around her official residence. On March 13, Mirza Fakhrul told journalists at the central office of the party in Naya Paltan that if it is true that BNP had come to power in 2001 by giving an undertaking, then it should be asked to whom has the prime minister given an undertaking to come to power. The BNP secretary general further said that the prime minister has made it clear through her statement that foreign powers are working to change governments in this country from time to time. He added that it is alleged Awami League came to power in 2014 through the courtesy of India.
The Most Distressed and Endangered Individual
Bangladesh Awami Jubo League chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury believes that prime minister Sheikh Hasina is the most distressed and endangered individual. He resented that bombs are hurled only at Awami League meetings, not BNP meetings. He also wondered why only Awami League lawmakers and leaders are killed and no BNP lawmakers and leaders meet the same fate, adding it must why God’s blessings are showered more upon those who suffer the greatest sorrows. The Jubo League leader made this remark on March 12 in Laxmipur prior to the prime minister's visit on March 14.
The Judiciary is Being Held Hostage
Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has complained that the judiciary has been held hostage. He asked if the country is stuck or whether it has stopped running. Sinha added that an individual is nothing before the state and institutions are more important. He said the judiciary is being held hostage and it cannot be given more time. The chief justice said it on March 14 during the hearing on the gazette notification about discipline amongst the judges. He told attorney general Mahbub-e- Alam that time extensions were being asked for again and again over the gazette notification and asked how much more time would be taken using excuses.
Adequate Response If Attacked
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina laid emphasis on forming a powerful armed force to protect the independence and sovereignty of the country. She said Bangladesh will never want to engage in a war with another country but it must prepare itself to give adequate response if it is ever attacked by another country. Hasina said the needful is being done keeping that objective in mind. The prime minister made her remarks while inaugurating the country’s first two submarines at Chittagong naval base on March 12.
The Chief Patron of Militancy in Bangladesh
Publicity and publication affairs secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, Dr. Hasan Mahmud, has called BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia the chief patron of militancy in Bangladesh. He claimed that the militants have been carrying out their inauspicious activities under the shelter of Begum Zia. Dr. Mahmud made his comments on March 16 during the observance of Bangabandhu’s 97th birth anniversary organized by Bangabandhu Sangshkritik Jote at Shilpakala Academy.
Everything is Open and Nothing is Secret
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has assured that open agreements and MoUs would be signed during the upcoming visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to India. On March 15, he said during the opening of a school in his own constituency in Noakhali that the prime minister is going to India and all agreements would be signed openly and in the best interest of Bangladesh. He added, “Nothing is secret and everything will be open.”
Right Then, Right Now
Jasod leader Sharif Nurul Ambia said that it was right to lay siege to the residence of the home minister during Bangabandhu’s regime in 1974. He said it was the right decision for Jasod to extremely oppose Awami League back then as it is to form an alliance with that same political party now in view of the prevailing political reality. While remembering those killed during the siege to the home minister’s residence, Ambia said on March 16 it was necessary to blockade the residence of the then home minister given the repressive measures of the then government, price hikes and corruption. Ambia then said that it is also the right decision to work with the same party now to resist the evil forces of communalism and the war criminals.
BNP Enjoying the Fruits of Its Mischief
According to Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad, BNP has been enjoying the fruits of its own mischief. He was addressing a crowd in Khulna on March 14 when the prime minister’s special envoy also said that BNP is paying the dues for all the injustices and oppression it had done during its rule. Ershad also added that BNP politics was now restricted to giving written statements and Facebook postings. He also insisted that he found out after touring the whole country that Jatiya Party is still a factor in national politics.