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BNP Shall Never Regain the Same Strength

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina remarked that BNP has wasted its strength in the violence that characterized its

movement. She said she did not believe that this party would ever again in future be able to think of toppling the government. She asked the law-enforcement agencies to identify those who were involved in burning people to death and bring them to book. The prime minister gave her instructions to the district officials of Feni and Natore through a video conference after the cabinet meeting. She criticized BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and asked what had she achieved from killing so many people since she had to go to the court and surrender, and had to return to her house.

Time Wasted for Nothing

Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta said, time was wasted for nothing over the clemency plea of Jamaat-e- Islami

leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman. He said it was just a ploy to keep him alive for a longer time. He said it was only irrelevant to expect that those who did not ask for forgiveness in 43 years were going to do it in 43 minutes.

One-party Rule in the Country

Jatiya Party presidium member GM Qader has claimed that the country is now under one-party rule, which is why there is no

accountability. He said that is why a government also has been formed without accountability and it cannot be allowed to continue for too long. He insisted that the government will have to hold an acceptable election conducted by a caretaker or neutral government. Qader was speaking at the biennial conference of his party in Lalmonirhat when he further added that should things continue like this then a time will come when people are going to starve to death.

Nobody to be Spared

Chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed asked the law-enforcement agencies to ensure

that no illegal activities will take place at the polling centers. He assured the candidates from Dhaka South City Corporation while exchanging views with them that the Election Commission will do everything needed to see that the elections are fair. He said enabling environment will be created so that the voters can go to the polling centers without any interruptions. He told the administration and the police to act neutrally and spare nobody based on political identity. He asked the candidates to inform the returning officers and the police if they know about anyone using money and muscle power in the elections.

Architect of Microcredit

Finance minister AMA Muhith has lauded Dr. Muhammad Yunus for his contribution to microcredit. He called Dr. Yunus the

architect of microcredit and commented that microcredit has brought significant changes in country's economy such as poverty reduction, employment generation and empowerment of women. The minister said it while opening a seminar on microlending. He said microcredit has a long history in Bangladesh and PKSF gave institutional form to microcredit while the World Bank lent its support.

Bringing about a Silent Revolution

BNP chairperson asked the people to vote for the three mayoral candidates nominated by her party. She was

speaking at the Bengali New Year function organized in front of BNP's central office in Naya Paltan when she made this appeal. Khaleda added that this government itself was not elected by the people and they have violated laws to get it done. She also accused the government of creating hurdles for her party in every step of the way. She said it would be up to the people to cast their votes to create a silent revolution to show this oppressive government what people power can do.

Even if It Takes 75 Months

Krishak Sramik Janata League president Kader Siddique lamented that he had not fought for the country to see a time

when parents are worried if their children are going to return home safely and husbands have to constantly worry about the safety of their wives. He said he had fought to create a peaceful abode and he would make sure the two leaders sit for a compromise even if it takes him 75 months. Siddique made his comments while speaking at gathering in Gazipur.

BNP on Road to Extinction

Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad argued that BNP is on the road to extinction because nobody knows the

candidates it has fielded for the city corporation elections. While opening the training session for Jatiya Party polling agents in Banani, Ershad added that BNP cannot find suitable candidates for the elections. He said BNP was conducting a nightmare in the name of a political movement and now the opportunity has come after along time and his party will have to make the best use of this opportunity.

130 Murder Cases against Khaleda

Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu complained that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is still continuing with her violent

activities and her return to her house does not also mean she has returned to democracy. Inu said Khaleda is using the elections as a way to legitimize all her arsonist and terrorist actions. He said more than 130 people have been burned to death under Khaleda's order and as many court cases are now going to be filed against her. He added that the law-enforcement agencies and the courts will do the needful in this regard. The minister emphasized that Khaleda would not be spared from any of these cases.

If City Corporation Elections are Fair…

Former vice chancellor of Dhaka University, Dr. Emajuddin Ahmed, believes that if the three city corporations are held

fairly and peacefully then the parliamentary elections will also be held after three months. Dr. Ahmed was speaking at a discussion meeting on closing down of the newspager Daily Amar Desh and two years of imprisonment of its editor Mahmudur Rahman when he said that if people are allowed to freely express their opinions in these elections then the government will be toppled through a non-violent movement. He asked everyone to wait until that time.


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