National and International Conspiracies Surrounding the Polls
Bangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed concern over the “national and international conspiracies” surrounding the 11th parliamentary election. She said there could be multi-faceted conspiracies during the election, but AL would not do anything compromising the interests of the country. Hasina claimed that Jamaate- Islami and BNP engage in evil machinations every time the elections draw near and they have already appointed lobbies at home and abroad. She also cautioned that conspiracies might be underway this time as well. While addressing the AL’s nomination board for local elections on July 21 at Ganabhaban, she asked her party men to look for qualified candidates and work together.
Senior AL Leaders Proved They are Cowards
Food minister Qamrul Islam claimed that the grassroots leaders of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) were united during the 1/11 political changeover, but the senior leaders proved they were cowards. He said he witnessed the situation with his eyes and Sheikh Hasina got released because the AL workers across the country rallied in favor of her. He added that these workers never betrayed the party under any circumstances. Qamrul said it at a discussion on July 16 to observe Sheikh Hasina’s Arrest Day.
Forget the Map, Where is the Road?
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is of the opinion that the roadmap announced by the election commission for the 11th parliamentary election will not end the real problem. He said the roadmap declared without prior consultations will not be a solution. He added that a roadmap is useless when there is no ‘road’, as no ‘road’ is in sight so far. Mirza Fakhrul said it in his instant reaction to the roadmap for the next general elections after it was announced by the election commission on July 16.
Lawmakers Themselves Have Proven How Unfit They are
Gana Forum president Dr. Kamal Hossain thinks that it was unfortunate the way the abrogation of the 16th amendment of the constitution was discussed in parliament. He added that through their discussions on the verdict they themselves have proven how unfit they are. Kamal said this in a press conference held after the extended meeting of his party at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital on July 22. “It is not right that parliament members should have the power to impeach the judges although they may impeach the president or prime minister of the country.” He said there is no conflict with the constitution here and one will have to understand why the independence of the judiciary is important. He insisted that the judiciary was the custodian of the constitution and it has to play the role of a referee. If other organs of the government exceed their powers, the judiciary will have to blow the whistle and flash the red card.
Too Many of Lenin in Left Parties
Noted leftist thinker, researcher, and historian Badruddin Umar has said that the problem with the country’s left-leaning parties is that they have too many ‘Lenins’ in them. He added that even students in their study circles do not believe that there is a communist movement in this country. He further said that there are people in this country who insist that there was never a communist movement in this country. In his interview with a vernacular daily on July 23, he resented that everybody believes he has emerged as a Lenin.
Cornering the Judiciary Not Good for the Country
Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has said that cornering the judiciary is not good for the country. He asked attorney general Mahbubey Alam on July 18 that he should remember that everybody has a responsibility toward the highest court of the country, the Supreme Court. Sinha made his remarks during a hearing on the High Court verdict which declared operation of mobile courts by executive magistrates illegal.
They Will Send Me to Prison Again If I Open My Mouth
Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said that the ruling Bangladesh Awami League has even blocked people’s right to speak. He expressed his deep dismay over the ongoing political situation in the country while speaking at a function in National Press Club on July 19. He lamented that the country is still under the influence of Saturn. He said that condition is obvious when a party wins 154 out of 300 parliamentary seats uncontested and then takes power of the country. He said: “Those who are in power will send me to jail again if I open my mouth to tell them that truth.”
Khaleda Has Cataract in Her Eyes
According to shipping minister Shajahan Khan, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia has got cataract in her eyes, which is why she cannot see the development that have taken place in the country. Khan was speaking at a seminar at National Press Club on July 21 when he said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina has taken the country from lowincome to middle-income status. The minister further claimed that BNP does not see it when the whole world is saying that Bangladesh will have one of the leading economies by 2030.
Awami League Has Lost Its Balance
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) vice chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain believes that ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has lost its balance out of fear for the framework of the caretaker government the BNP will unveil. He was addressing a protest rally organized by Jatiyatabadi Nagorik Dal at the National Press Club on July 21. Mahbub said AL knows that Khaleda Zia will announce the framework of the caretaker government on her return from London and that fear is making different AL leaders say different things. He criticized the AL leaders for saying that Khaleda has fled to London, adding that people have seen who had fled the country during 1/11. He emphasized that Khaleda does not have a habit of fleeing.
People Will Not Accept a Plan Made in London
Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader taunted that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia is making her plans sitting on the bank of Thames River in London. He was speaking in Brahmanbaria on July 20 when he claimed that people will not accept any plan made in London. Referring to BNP’s threat to launch a movement after the Eid, Quader quipped that BNP failed to launch a movement even for 18 minutes although 18 Eids have been observed so far because the party does not have that strength. He said even if there are waves in the Titas River, BNP’s ‘dead river’ will not see the tides again.