Politics for the People of Bangladesh
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said that the socioeco - nomic development of the country is the main objective of her government. She further said that her politics is not about personal luxury, comfort, and ambition, but about the people of Bangladesh. Pointing at the sari she was wearing on that day, Hasina said it was bought her by her daughter’s foreign friends who bought it from a local weaver while they were visiting Sonargaon. The prime minister said it during the budget ses - sion in parliament on June 28.
“Khaleda to Participate in Election Under Sheikh Hasina”
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed asked journalists to note down that the next parliamentary election will be held under Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia will participate in it. Ahmed said that Khaleda has no choice but to take part in that election although it is entirely her personal decision whether she would like to do it. The minister made the remarks while exchanging Eid greetings with journalists at her Secretariat office on June 28.
People Must Unitedly Fight Terrorism
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is of the opinion that the unity of people alone should be able to play a meaningful role against terrorism. He said it in a meeting of Asia Pacific Democrat Union held in Sydney recently. He added that the spread of terror - ism worldwide must be resisted with joint efforts. Mirza Fakhrul further said that it is possible to eradicate terrorism if there is a democratic system in the country and people’s unity is forged through a lasting democracy. He laid emphasis on the unity amongst all countries of the world to cope with terrorism.
“Bites Like a Snake, Heals Like a Healer”
Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury blamed the United States for creating militancy and said, “America bites like a snake and heals like a healer.” She insisted that it was America which created Laden, and again it was America which killed him. The minister said the time had come to revise thoughts about the United States. Chowdhury also added that Bangladesh is an independent country and this independence did not come free of cost. She said it while distributing Eid clothes amongst the needy people and meritorious students in Sherpur on June 18.
“I Did Not Want to Take Power”
Jatiya Party chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad resented why he is called an autocrat when power was actually transferred to him. He said he did not want to take power but he had to do it in the interest of the country. He added that he wanted to hold an election but nobody wanted to participate in it. Ershad made his remarks during the budget discussion in parliament held on June 28. He further said as the army chief of that time, he had assisted president Sattar to hold an election, but after one year Sattar told him that all his cabinet members were corrupt and he was unable to run the country. It was when Sattar expressed his desire to transfer power to the army, then Ershad had no choice but to take over the reign of power.
All Roads to Justice Closed
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia complained that all roads to justice for the people of this country have been closed. Khaleda made the remark in a written message sent to the media on June 24, marking the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26. The former prime minister said the present government sets its musclemen loose whenever anybody tries to protest against its undemocratic and intolerant attitudes. She also said that women and children were being persecuted by these musclemen and the brute repressive measures of the government has banished democracy from the country. With regards to militancy, Khaleda said that the rise of this monstrous force is making mortal attacks on Hindus, Budhists, Christians, bloggers, the Shia community, holymen, bauls, religious scholars, and university teachers.
The Greatest Virtue of Women!
While speaking in parliament on June 29, Jatiya Party lawmaker Fakhrul Imam said that the greatest virtue of women is that they hear 3 lines of a subject, makes 13 lines out of that, and lectures 93 lines on that particular subject. When his comments drew strong protests from the female members of parliament, Imam agreed to withdraw his comments.
The Role of Quader’s Family
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy claimed that even Bangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina will be embarrassed if she knows what role her party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader’s family played during the liberation war. Roy quipped that if the names are disclosed, it will create additional work for the International Tribunal for War Crimes. The BNP leader made his comment at his party office in Naya Paltan on June 22 when he also said that it will be revealed in future how many members of Quader’s family were involved in anti-liberation activities.
Banks to Turn Into Grocery Stores
Jatiya Party lawmakers strongly criticized the government decision to allow four members from the same family to sit on the board of a private bank. One of those lawmakers, Kazi Firoze Rashid, said in parlia - ment on June 29 that the banking sector is already being plundered and now the private banks are going to have four members form one family on their boards. He added that these boards even do not have inde - pendent directors and, if this is how they are run, soon these banks will turn into grocery stores.
Ministers and Parliament Members Use Wrong Side
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has accused the ministers and parliament members of using wrong side on the roads, and lamented that the traffic congestion will never go away until there is a change in people’s mindsets. He said the people have very little patience and create traffic jams by driving on the wrong side of the road. While speaking in parliament on June 28, Quader also said that the VIPs should keep in mind that they should abide by the law before asking ordinary citizens to do the same.