Neither Side is Less Powerful, Hence Compromise is a Must
According to prime minister Sheikh Hasina, the three pillars of the state must compromise and work with each other. She said the state could not function smoothly if one pillar continues to blame another. Hasina urged the concerned parties to remain watchful in this regard. The prime minister inaugurated National Legal Aid Day on April 28 when she said that the Legislature, Judiciary, and Executive branches must walk together instead of try - ing to find fault with each other.
Chief Justices Do Not Express So Many Grievances
Law minister Anisul Huq has said that the chief justices of other countries do not express so many grievances in front of the people. The minister said this at a reception held on National Legal Aid Day on April 26. Referring to chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s comments made at the Habiganj Bar Library on April 25, Huq told journalists that the chief justice could have talked to the government if he had so much dissatisfaction boiling inside him.
Economic Growth of Awami League Leaders
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed that economic growth has not come to Bangladesh but to Awami League leaders. He was addressing a conference of Thakurgaon district Chhatra Dal on April 29 when he also said that lies are being spread about the economy of Bangladesh and it is being said the country is experiencing increased economic growth. Mirza Fakhrul asked who the beneficiaries of that growth were. He said that growth has come to Awami League leaders, who are engaged in corruption to make it happen, whereas the common people are losing their economic growth every day.
Rise of Militancy in Absence of People’s Government
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan believes that militancy has been rising in the country in the absence of a people’s government in power. He was speaking at a workshop organized by Mohila Dal in Pabna on April 29 when he argued that a government not backed by popular support is bound to be weak and militants take that opportunity to grow their strength. Khan added that is exactly what has happened under this government. He also took a jab at the general secretary of Awami League, saying it seemed he alone had knowledge of what should increase or decrease militancy.
Shutting Down Rampal Power Plant
Bikalpa Dhara president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury said that Awami League claims to have brought independence to the country, that it has also brought democracy, and it is a people’s party. He further said that Awami League now has to prove that it is truly on the people’s side by shutting down the Rampal Power Plant project. He added that he would ask the prime minister for the last time to listen to how the project would be injurious to the country because those who are carrying out the movement against the Rampal Plant are not enemies of the country. Chowdhury made his remarks at a roundtable held at the CIRDAP auditorium in the capital on April 22.
Stepmotherly Attitude Towards the Judiciary
Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has complained that every government in the country has shown a stepmotherly attitude towards the judiciary. He was attending a reception held at Habiganj Bar Library on April 25 when he insisted that it was nothing new today but that every government during its rule has treated the judiciary in the same manner. He further said that the administration never wanted it before and it did not want it now, that the judiciary should be able to function as an independent body. He added that those who are at the top echelons of the administration are always guided by some bureaucrats, which is why they are made to think that the judiciary is their adversary.
Crows, Chickens, and Hybrids
Jubo League chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury has quipped that those who are calling others crows, chickens, and hybrids are also patronizing them. This top leader of an associate body of the ruling party said that those who wished to remove Sheikh Hasina from Awami League during 1/11 are now sitting in key party positions. Chowdhury was referring to Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s recent statements in which he called party infiltrators crows, chickens, and hybrids. Quader in the face of bitter criticism has agreed not to use those words in the future.
When Awami League is Its Own Adversary
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has warned that nobody would be able to save the party if it should become its own adversary. He said if Awami League continued to run like this, then it would not need BNP as its opponent, because Awami League would turn into its own opponent. Quader added that if that happens, then nobody would be able to save the party. The Awami League leader was speaking at the representatives’ meeting held by Chittagong North Awami League on April 22, when he made his observations.
Khaleda Not Paying Heed to Ziaur Rahman
Founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra, Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, has complained that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is not paying heed to her party’s founder, late Ziaur Rahman. Chowdhury was speaking at the launch of a book titled Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttam, when he made his complaint. He said Ziaur Rahman had established the first commission on women's development and created the ministry of women's affairs. Chowdhury also said that it was Zia who had talked about giving more space to women. He then mentioned that Khaleda Zia had accommodated only one woman in the standing committee of her party and she is disregarding Ziaur Rahman.
Fat Cat BNP Leaders to the Haor Areas
Disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Maya has suggested that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia should send her fat cat leaders to the haor areas. He took a dig at Khaleda when he said that she may be unwell to go to the haor areas but her fat cat leaders should be sent to find out what is happening there. Maya made his comment while talking to journalists on April 23 after an inter-ministerial meeting held at his secretariat office.