Neither Side is Less Powerful
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has laid emphasis on coordination between the three critical organs of government: the legislature, judiciary, and executive. She said that these three organs must work together to complement each other. In her words, neither side should try to supersede or show its might to the other two because none of them should be less powerful. The prime min - ister added that a state cannot function smoothly if there is conflict over who should follow whom, and who should accept whose decision. She said this on April 15 while inaugurating the new residential building for Supreme Court judges.
BNP Suffering from Fatigue
Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, an advisor to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, has identified BNP as a party suffering from fatigue. He also said that BNP was in a slumber. Chowdhury pointed to a recent report that revealed hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis are suffering from fatigue and claimed that BNP also fell in that same category. He was speaking at an event organized by the Daily Amar Desh on April 11 when he stated that BNP was failing to organize its own house.
Distance Between the Government and the Judiciary
Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has complained that a vested quarter has been trying to create a distance between the government and the judiciary. He said that this quarter has been eternally engaged in its vicious attempt to alienate the government from the judiciary. He said that such misunderstanding between the two organs of government sends a wrong message to the people of the country. Sinha added that not long ago the government took a number of important decisions about the judiciary, and its custodian the chief justice, was not even informed. He insisted that those decisions were taken based on completely wrong information and by hiding the truth from the head of government. He gave his comments while opening the Judges’ Tower in Kakrail on April 15 as special guest.
A Fraction of Achievement
Convener of Nagorik Oikkyo, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, said during a press conference on the agreements signed between Bangladesh and India that what has been achieved is only a fraction of what has not been achieved. He was speaking at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on April 10 when he lamented that the Teesta water sharing agreement is stuck in a vortex of optimism while the Ganges Barrage Project remains uncertain. He said there was no discussion on the common rivers between the two countries and the details of the defense MoU are not clear. Manna added that the agreements signed include construction of 36 community clinics, transport service on the Khulna-Kolkata bus route, and the establishment of more border haats, but effectively the size of achievement is indeed a small fraction of what has not been achieved.
A Little Pilferage and Massive Development Works
Finance minister AMA Muhith said that massive development works are underway despite a little pilferage. He added that he could only laugh whenever he hears the opposition saying that there is no progress in the country. As a matter of fact, he emphasized, a lot of development activities are going on in the country. He said that despite a certain amount of pilferage, development has changed the face of the country. The minister said this while speaking at a reception accorded him in Jhalakathi on April 12.
Hasina Has Returned Empty Handed
BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia claimed that prime minister Sheikh Hasina failed to gain anything from India other than empty promises. She said Hasina had to return from India empty handed. Not only that, she added, certain agreements and MoUs have been signed to satisfy a legacy of Indian priorities. This was how the former prime minister explained the successes and failures of Hasina’s India visit during a press conference held at her Gulshan office on April 12. Khaleda insisted that the visit was a total failure in which Bangladesh has only given to India without getting anything in return.
Heart More Important Than Brain
Vice chancellor of Dhaka University, professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, said that the heart is more important than the brain in today's world. He was speaking at a neuroscience conference on April 15 when he addressed biochemists and microbiologists at the Neuroscience Research Center of Dhaka University. Siddique explained that the brain is certainly very important but the heart is even more important because in today’s world there are many talented people but very few kind ones.
Too Many Leaders, Not Enough Workers
General secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, Obaidul Quader, resented that there are too many leaders in the party, but not enough workers. He then said there are too many parasites who must be extricated from politics. Quader said this at the opening of the 36th founding anniversary of the voluntary organization Sandhani in Savar on April 13. During his speech he claimed that Awami League is a huge political party and it has a publicity secretary although a separate organization named Publicity League has been founded already. He further said that when a party is in power many fake organizations sprout to exploit its name and these organizations have no other objective but to collect tolls.
BNP Leaders Suffering from Malnutrition
Health and family planning minister Mohammad Nasim quipped that BNP leaders are suffering from malnutrition and what they need is a plentiful nutritious diet. He said this is the reason why they do not know what to say and where to say it. The minister was speaking at a World Health Day function on April 9 when he also said that recently the two prime ministers of Bangladesh and India have openly signed some agreements but BNP leaders are irresponsibly calling them secret pacts. Nasim mentioned that the BNP chairperson has alleged that the Awami League has sold out the country through these agreements, and he (Nasim) asked how anybody can sell out a country. He accused BNP leaders of saying things without knowing all the facts.
Awami Legaue Knows Nothing But Power
Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad believes that Awami League knows nothing but power and it only wants to stay in power. He added that there is no safety for the life and property of the people in the country and people cannot write or speak about it. Ershad also said that people now cannot even sleep in peace and nobody knows who is going to disappear when. He said nobody keeps track of how many mothers have lost their sons. He said none of these issues existed when Jatiya Party was in power. Ershad pleaded that people should vote for him one last time because he has come to them in the last days of his life. The Jatiya Party chairman made his remarks in Narsingdi on April 10.