No Unity Between a Deer and a Hyena
Agriculture minister Matiya Chowdhury compared Awami League with a deer and BNP with a hyena before she said that there cannot be unity between these two animals. While speaking on the occasion of the National Mourning Day on August 13 at the Krishibid Institution in the capital, the minister said that BNP has now fallen into a difficult situation and it is regretting what it has got itself into.
Militants Want to Die Instead of Opening Their Mouths
Inspector general of police, AKM Shahidul Haque, has said that it is very difficult to get the militants to talk. Talking from the experience of interrogating several militants, he said that they are motivated in such a way that they want to die and go to heaven instead of revealing any information. Haque was speaking at a seminar on August 6 when he informed that the militants do not want to live once they are taken into police custody.
Khaleda Zia to Face Grave Consequences
Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan has warned that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will have to face grave consequences should there be a terrorist attack in the country again. He said, “Khaleda Zia, you do not know what serious consequences are awaiting you should there be another terrorist attack in the country again.” Khan said it while addressing an anti-terrorism rally organized by the Government Employees’ Welfare Federation on August 10 held in Dhaka.
No Alternative to Midterm Elections
Liberal Democratic Party leader Oli Ahmed has demanded midterm elections and said that there is no other alternative to resolve the political crisis prevailing in the country. He said it while talking to the media people on August 13 when he further said that his party wanted free, fair and neutral parliamentary elections that would be attended by all the political parties in the country. Ahmed expressed his hope that the government would take necessary steps to make that happen. He said there is no other way to maintain political stability in the country and keep the people in confidence.
No Bribe, No Allocation
Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation, AZM Nasir Uddin, has complained that his city is not getting adequate allocation because he refuses to bribe the ministry officials. He was speaking at a meeting in Chittagong on August 10 when he said that he got an allocation of BDT800 million instead of BDT3-3.5 billion just because he did not give kickbacks. He added that he was told that a lumpsum allocation would be made for the city corporation provided he agreed to pay 5 percent of that amount to the officials.
Country Like Ramkrishna Mission
Health minister Mohammad Nasim claimed that the leaders and workers of Awami League were unprepared due to their temptation for power until the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family in 1975. He then said that Awami League will never again show that same weakness. The minister then added that the party did not come to power to run the country like the Ramkrishna Mission. He asked everybody to stay alert. He was speaking at a discussion meeting held on August 8 at Dhaka University when he warned that nobody will be spared should there be an attack on Awami League ever again.
“Why Did You Speak in English?”
Food minister Qamrul Islam expressed his dissatisfaction when ten discussants, an audience of nearly a hundred people and the moderator spoke mostly in English in a seminar which was attended by a single foreigner. He questioned the relevance of giving remarks in English at this event and said, “I feel sad and aggrieved that such a excellent program has been organized for the benefit of the common people. But why did you have to speak in English at this function? Why do you have such a mentality?” He also asked why the function had to be conducted in a foreign language just because the country was taking a loan from the World Bank. The minister made his comments at a seminar jointly organized by the Food Ministry and Madina Polymar.
“BNP’s New Committee is Joke of the Year”
Road transportation and bridges minister Obaidul Qader has termed the newly formed committee of BNP as the joke of the year. The minister was addressing a student gathering on Dhaka University campus on August 7 when he also said that it will be nothing but a nightmare to try to save democracy with the help of such a jumbosized committee. In his reaction to Khaleda Zia’s call for national unity against militancy, Qader asked how it was possible to forge national unity when on August 15 his party mourns while she celebrates her birthday by cutting cake. The minister’s comment followed after BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the 502-member committee at the party’s central office in Naya Paltan.
“Shafiullah is a Coward”
While reminiscing about the atrocities committed on August 15, 1975 Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim bitterly criticized the then army chief KM Shafiullah. He complained that Shafiullah sat on his hands after he was told that some army officers with tanks had headed for Bangabandhu’s residence. Selim said nobody could keep well after betraying Bangabandhu. He said it has been true neither for Ziaur Rahman nor for Khaled Musharraf. He said that Shafiullah was a living dead and everybody hates him because he is a coward and traitor. While speaking at the FBCCI Conference Room in Motijheel, Selim emphasized on August 11 that Shafiullah would have to live with the burden of hatred for as long as he stays alive.
Khaleda Zia’s Call for Unity
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir insisted that there was no scope for creating confusion over Khaleda Zia’s call for unity against militancy. He said at a discussion held on August 13 that Khaleda’s call had come from her heart and it had arisen out of a sense of national responsibility. Alamgir also added that Khaleda did not think of partisan interest while making this call and complained that Awami League had never responded to the call for protecting this nation which is why they are ignoring Khaleda’s call for unity. He accused Awami League of working to keep this nation divided.