A Government Built on Murder, Abduction, Attacks and Lawsuits
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia accused the government of staying in power through murder, abduction, attacks, lawsuits, falsehood and support of the police force. Khaleda said that is why police claims that while hilsha is the king of fish, police is the king of the country. “What a wonderful slogan!” she exclaimed. She was meeting with the leaders of Krishak Dal in her Gulshan office when she asked why the farmers cannot call themselves the king of the country when the police can make that claim because it is the farmers who feed rest of the country. She said the government lies when it says that the country is self-sufficient in food when it has to import half the food grains from abroad.
Threatened Ten Times a Day
Home minister Asaduzzaman Kamal said that he gets threats over his mobile phone ten times everyday. He was addressing the meeting of the law and order committee in Habiganj when he also talked about cyber crime. The minister added that he had received threat even before arriving at that meeting and said that he believed that he was receiving those threats due to the sedition suit filed against Khaleda Zia. He said it was not Awami League’s job to inactivate or destroy another political party because it has always believed in and relied upon democracy.
Sheikh Mujib Surrendered to the Pakistanis
Founding director of Gonoshasthaya Kendra, Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, claimed that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had surrendered to the Pakistanis ignoring the advice given him by Osmani and Tajuddin and took Dr. Kamal Hossain with him. He said that it would have been good to discuss today what was discussed in those days between Sheikh Mujib and Yahya Khan. Dr. Chowdhury was speaking at the VIP lounge of National Press Club on the 80th birth anniversary of martyred president Ziaur Rahman. He further added that Yahya died in 1980 and before his death he had given an affidavit in which he described Sheikh Mujib as a patriot and said that Mujib had done what was needed to defend the solidarity of Pakistan
Drops from Dholaikhal Did Not Make the Atlantic Ocean
Controversial businessman Musa Bin Shamsher told journalists after his interrogation at the Anti-Corruption Commission office that he did not make the Atlantic Ocean with drops of water taken from Dholaikhal. He was referring to his vast fortune when he said it was impossible to take so much money out of Bangladesh by using the Hundi system. Shamsher mentioned that he has business interests in 40 countries of the world and with the armed forces of those 40 countries. He said all his earnings from those countries were deposited in Swiss banks and that he had brought billions of taka into the country. When asked about his illness, the tycoon said that he was suffering from death phobia which is a critical type of mental disease. He said he was suffering from this phobia since the authorities froze his money in the Swiss banks.
Publish the Names of Three Million Martyrs
BNP’s standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy has demanded that the names of all three million martyrs of the liberation war should be published. He was speaking at the death anniversary of Arafat Rahman Koko when he warned the government that protest and hatred against the sedition case against Khaleda Zia will be spread all over the country. He said he did not believe in the principle that speaking the truth should be seditious and telling the lie should be patriotism.
“Prime Minister, You are Cheating”
JSD president ASM Abdur Rab reminded prime minister Sheikh Hasina that her government is illegal. He accused her of cheating the people and said that she thinks what others are doing is illegal because she herself is involved in illegal activities. He was addressing a meeting at Muhammadpur in the capital demanding proper treatment for and release of detained politician Mahmudur Rahman Manna, when he further stated that the incumbent government is not of the people but of Awami League. He also said that after being rejected by the people, the government has turned this country into a police state and that it has been hurting the spirit of liberation war while speaking of defending it.
Deciding Whether BNP Will Stay
Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu is convinced that the time has come to decide whether BNP should stay in politics or not. He was addressing the leaders and workers of Jasod when he told them that they have to decide whether BNP should be allowed to stay in the politics of Bangladesh. He was speaking at biennial conference of his party at Mymensigh Town Hall, when Inu said that Khaleda Zia will have to prove that she is not the leader of rajakars, militants and arsonists if she wants to do politics in Bangladesh. He emphasized that Khaleda will not be allowed to strengthen militancy on the soil of Bangladesh again.
Even ACC Teams are Involved in Corruption
Anti-Corruption Commissioner Sahabuddin admitted that the ACC teams sent to investigate corruption in various organizations themselves get involved in corruption. He was speaking at the public hearing held on the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha at Osmani Auditorium in the capital when he also said that corruption takes place in land registration offices, land offices, all offices of Health Ministry, Education Department, BTRC, City Corporations, and all offices of Public Works Ministry. He further said people are being harassed everyday and everybody knows why it is so but still we cannot change our mindset.
“Sheikh Mujib is Not a God”
While commenting on the controversy over the number of martyrs in 1971, joint secretary general of BNP, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, said that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had played an important role in the independence movement and national politics. Kabir added that Mujib had mentioned that three million were killed during the liberation war but he was not god that his words could not be changed. He made his comments during a press conference in Rajshahi. He said Mujib was in prison and he never saw the liberation but those who fought that war never quoted that figure. He also added that the first prime minister of Bangladesh Tajuddin Ahmed had quoted the figure of one million, Awami League lawmaker Mohaimen Shaheb had quoted 130,000 and M.R. Akhter Mukul wrote in his book Ami Bijoy Dekhechhi 200,000.
Independence Turned into a Sham
BNP vice chairman Shah Moazzem Hossain believes that the independence of the country has been turned into an utter sham. He said that nobody can stay in power through torture, persecution, abduction and killing. He said nothing but theft, robbery and murder is happening in the country now and people are not allowed to hold meetings and seminars. Hossain also added that people are not allowed to speak freely and then asked if that was why the liberation war was fought. The veteran BNP leader was speaking at a protest rally demanding the withdrawal of the sedition case filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.