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Power Grabbers Do Not Bother About the People

Power Grabbers Do Not Bother About
the People

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said that those who grab power illegitimately and stay in power in violation of the constitution do not bother about the people. Their main objective is to enjoy the privileges of power and to allow an elite class to plunder the country. She also said that when her party returned to power after 21 years, she had vowed to serve this country, not as a ruler, but as a servant of the people. Hasina further added that it was her father who had won the independence of this country, and she had taken a difficult vow because her entire family, including her parents and brothers, were killed in this country. The prime minister made her remarks at a gathering in Cox’s Bazar cricket stadium on May 6.

No More Election Engineering in Bangladesh

No More
Election
Engineering in
Bangladesh

BNP standing committee member barrister Moudud Ahmed insisted there will be no engineered election held in Bangladesh in future and the next election will be a meaningful one. He said the incumbent government is an unelected and unconstitutional government and even the parliament is nonfunctional, which is known to everyone at home and abroad. Moudud made these comments while speaking at the representatives’ meeting of BNP held in Noakhali on May 5.

Awami League Clings to Power to Protect Illegitimate Money

Awami League Clings to Power
to Protect Illegitimate Money

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir complained that the Awami League is working on a blueprint to stay in power by force so that it can protect its illegitimate earnings. He said this at a rally organized by Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal to celebrate May Day on May 1. Mirza Fakhrul also cited the comment of Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, who said that his party men would not be able to flee the country with their money if they failed to stay in power. The BNP secretary general claimed Quader’s statement was proof that Awami League leaders have earned dubious money. He also said he condemned the comments made by Quader.

“The Government is Blackmailing Our Sentiments”

“The Government is Blackmailing
Our Sentiments”

The convener of the National Committee for the Protection of the Sundarbans, Sultana Kamal, accused the government of going ahead with the Rampal Power Plant project by intimidating and threatening the people. She said the Environment and Forestry Ministry had imposed 59 conditions but the project implementing organization, Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company, is not abiding by any of those conditions. While speaking at a roundtable on May 5, Kamal said the government is blackmailing the sentiments of the people by stating that no harm would come to the Sundarbans as long as Bangabandhu’s daughter is in power.

Speaking for the Rule of Law

Speaking for
the Rule of Law

Chief justice S.K. Sinha pointed out that Bangladesh is lagging well behind its neighbors in terms of establishing the rule of law. He said Bangladesh is yet to achieve the power of the lower court that Pakistan has seen since 1973. Sinha added that India’s position is far above that and the position of Sri Lanka is even higher than that of India. He said it was much higher in Nepal. The chief justice made his remarks at the central auditorium of Jagannath University on April 30. His comments came on the fourth day after law minister Anisul Huq said the chief justice of no other country talks so much.

Awami League Preparing to Flee the Country

Awami League Preparing to Flee the
Country

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia retorted that the Awami League is planning to flee the country after making money illegitimately. She urged her party leaders to be prepared to protect the rights of their countrymen. Khaleda said this while talking to leaders of Shramik Dal on its 38th founding anni - versary on May 2. She referred to the statement made by the Awami League general secretary in Chittagong, that power does not last forever and nobody should abuse power, because when one is not in power then one has to flee with one’s money.

“We Give Support While Khaleda Gives Statements”

“We Give
Support While
Khaleda Gives
Statements”

Health minister Mohammad Nasim said his party had come to help the distressed people of the Haor and not to give statements. He added that the BNP chairperson sits in Dhaka and does no more than issue statements. Nasim said this on May 3 when he was distributing relief goods amongst the Haor people whose crops were damaged. He asked the people to have faith in the government and that everything would be done to give them the support needed.

Nobody is So Powerful That He Goes Out of Control

Nobody is So Powerful That He
Goes Out of Control

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has seriously hinted his party would have to resolve its internal conflicts if it wanted to win in the next elections. He told journalists on April 30 that under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina there is no conflict at the central level of the party. He emphasized that since there was no conflict at the center, it was not acceptable to have conflict at the grassroots level. He mentioned he would intervene if the joint general secretaries and organizing secretaries failed to solve a problem. Quader then warned that no one was so powerful that they could not be controlled. He added that the “Netri” is there in case even if he failed to handle a problem.

Ershad’s Strong Leadership Warded Off the Third Force

Ershad’s Strong Leadership
Warded Off the Third Force

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives minister, engineer Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, has lauded Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad's role in preventing the rise of the third force. The minis - ter said that the strong role played by Ershad in the 2008 elections was the reason why the third force could not come to power. He said, even during the present regime, the Jatiya Party is making its contribution towards national development. He made his comments while laying the foundation stones for various projects in Jamalpur on April 30.

A Cart Without A Horse or An Engine

A Cart Without
A Horse or An
Engine

Gonoshathya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury has claimed that BNP’s bid to motivate its leaders and workers ahead of the upcoming movement and election, has failed. In this regard, Chowdury, who is known as a well-wisher of BNP, said on May 6 that he never thought BNP would be able to hold a worker meeting in every district within the stipulated time. He said a cart cannot run without a horse or an engine. He likened BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to the horse or the engine of the party, and said all the conflicts searing the party would disappear, if only Khaleda Zia would go out and visit a few districts.

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