Khaleda and Tarique Involved in Grenade Attack
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said there is no doubt that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Zia had a hand in the grenade attack of August 21, 2004. She made her remarks after paying tributes to those who died in that attack at Bangabandhu Avenue. Hasina added that Begum Zia and her son were involved in the incident of August 21 like Zia was involved in the incident of August 15. She also said that Mufti Hannan, the head of the organization that had carried out the grenade attack, has given confessional statement that the attack was planned in Tarique’s office at Hawa Bhaban.
Khaleda Zia’s Semicompliance
Public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam scathingly criticized the birthday cake cutting by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on the night of August 15 and said that she had semicomplied to his request. Islam said that he had asked Zia to cut the cake or dance if she liked on August 16 to show deference to the father of the nation but she only heeded half of what he said by cutting the cake not in the morning but at night. The minister quipped that he thought it showed some improvement and hoped that in future she would listen to him fully and refrain from cake cutting on August 15 altogether.
Khaleda Beyond the Threshold of Democracy
Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu said that it is not democracy but the terrorists who are under siege and Khaleda Zia has gone beyond the threshold of democracy without having a return ticket with her. Inu was speaking at the conference room of the Information Directorate at the Secretariat and responding to the recent appeal of Khaleda Zia to open the shut doors of democracy. Inu said that Khaleda’s words are proof that democracy has been prevailing in the country and people are enjoying complete freedom to express their opinions. He also took a dig at Zia saying that the doors of democracy have always been open but Khaleda Zia herself went beyond the threshold of democracy by ordering the fire-terrorists to throw petrol bombs and grenades through the open doors of democracy.
Khaleda is Not a Leader
Prime minister’s son and her ICT adviser Sajib Wazed Joy has said that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is not a leader but a terrorist. He wrote in his facebook status with regards to the 11th anniversary of the grenade attack on August 21, 2004, “August is a dark month for us, especially for my family. On this day in 2004, my mother was almost killed in a grenade attack. Twenty-three members of our party including Ivy Rahman, the wife of late president Zillur Rahman, were killed and more than 400 were injured.” With reference to BNP vicechairman’s hand in the attack, Joy wrote, “The head of the organization which had carried out that attack, Mufti Hannan has said in his confessional statement that the meeting for planning the attack was held at Hawa Bhaban which was the office of Begum Zia’s son Tarique Rahman.”
No Opposition Party in the Country
Jatiya Party chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad does not think that the country has a political party which can be called an opposition party, which is why there is nobody to ask for a midterm election. Ershad said that nobody but Allah could tell when the election will be held. He also said that it looked like the incumbent government would go for the election only after completing its five years. Ershad made his comments while talking to reporters in Rangpur.
Open the Shut Doors of Democracy
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has asked the government to fling open the shut doors of democracy. Zia made this appeal in a statement sent to the media. She said that corruption, fascism and undemocratic activities of the government has reached such a level that people are on the verge of suffocation. She said repression and fascist practices have failed to perpetuate the rule of any government in the world. She also complained that the government is hatching a despicable plot to make BNP devoid of leadership by arresting its leaders and workers and putting them in jail. Zia also mentioned that she never practiced the politics of terror and never even gave indulgence to it, but the government agents had wreaked havocs during the political movement and mischievously tried to put the blame on her party.
Two Flowers on One Stem
BNP spokesperson Dr. Asaduzzaman Ripon has compared Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia with two flowers on one stem and said that they must be united for the sake of democracy. He was speaking at press briefing at the central party office in Naya Paltan when he also said that May 30 is a painful day for BNP as August 15 and 21 are for Awami League. Dr. Ripon added that mutual accusations over these incidents cannot be a solution for either party but it will only create conflict and division amongst the top leaders of the two parties.
A New Ground for Leadership
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Kader has called billboards a new menace for Bangladesh because everybody is shown as leaders and nobody as workers. He said Bangladesh is a new ground for producing leaders and everybody now starts with the billboards because leaflets are no longer in use. The minister was speaking at a national mourning day function organized by Chhatra League chapter of Begum Badrunessa Government Girls’ College. Kader also said, “Billboards are only an excuse, because everyone uses them for self publicity. They use the pictures of Bangabandhu and prime minister in small sizes while using their own pictures in large sizes. I have even seen 43 pictures in a single billboard.”
KM Shafiullah is an Idiot
KM Shafiullah, a member of Awami League’s Advisory Council, has been called an idiot and an impudent person by the party’s presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim. Selim was speaking at a National Mourning Day function at Dhanmondi House No 32 when he said, “Bangabandhu was killed within a couple hours after Moni bhai was killed. And that idiot Shafiullah, who is telling lies was the army chief. Bangabandhu had called everyone and colonel Shafayet had rushed to the scene but that Shafiullah was sucking his thumb.” He further said that Shafiullah was so insolent that he even asked Bangabandhu if he could get out of the house. Selim said that Bangabandhu did not flee in fear of Pakistan army and he was expected to flee in the fear of the army of his own creation! He asked why Shafiullah could not come forward to help. He also wanted to know that if Shafayet Jamil could proceed towards Bangabandhu’s residence with five to ten truckloads, why was Shafiuallh silent.
Prime Minister is the Only ‘Man’ in Bangladesh
Science and technology minister Yafesh Osman said that there is only one man in Bangladesh and that ‘man’ is prime minister Sheikh Hasina. He said that he realize it when he sits in the cabinet meeting every week. Osman further said that he gets the feeling that others are something else when he goes to the cabinet meeting. The minister was speaking at the 40th death anniversary of the father of the nation at IDB Bhaban in Karail when he mentioned that it was fortunate of us that Sheikh Hasina has been finishing the unfinished tasks of her father and implemented the land border agreement with India that was started by Bangabandhu.