BNP and Jamaat Mean Destruction
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina accused BNP and Jamaat-e- Islami of doing destructive politics. She said they practice terrorism and their politics is aimed at wreaking havoc on the country. Hasina was speaking at a rally in Chapai Nawabganj when she said that they destroyed the power plants built by Awami League and they carry out destructive activities when they sit in power. The prime minister added that Khaleda Zia failed to pass the matriculation examination and she did not encourage her two sons to get education and instead taught them how to steal. She described how BNP burned people to death, torched vehicles and conducted subversive activities for almost three months starting from last January and concluded that killing people is an integral part of Khaleda's character.
Khaleda Zia Patronizes Blogger Killing
Awami League's Publicity and Publication Affairs secretary Dr. Hasan Mahmud has accused BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia of patronizing blogger killings. He said those who encourage and give indulgence to murders in the name of political movement are also the real sponsors of these secret killings. Mahmud said that Khaleda Zia should be questioned on the murder of bloggers and that he would like to ask the law-enforcement agencies to take this matter into consideration.
Zia Involved in Mujib Killing
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed insisted that BNP founder Ziaur Rahman was involved in the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He said it after laying a wreathe at the portrait of Bangabandhu in Dhanmondi. Ahmed complained that while Zia killed Bangabandhu, his wife handed the state power over to the antiliberation forces and appointed some of them as ministers. The minister added that Sheikh Hasina has been taking Bangladesh forward by completing the unfinished work of Bangabandhu and it proves that electing Hasina as the party chairman in 1989 was the correct decision.
Exceeding Malaysia by 2021
Social Welfare minister Syed Mohsin Ali told his audience at the Bangladesh Medical Association Bhaban that Bangladesh would exceed Malaysia by 2021 in the economic sense. The minister mentioned that Henry Kissinger had once ridiculed Bangladesh by calling it a bottomless basket but prime minister Sheikh Hasina has proved him wrong. He said Malaysia would be surpassed by 2021 under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina and the grace of Allah. He then mentioned that begging belittles the beggar and his family before the eyes of others and the country does not get any service from the beggars.
No Need for Incompetent Protectors
Executive director of Ain O Salish Kendra, Sultana Kamal, in her comment on police said that there was no need for incompetent protectors like them. Kamal was speaking at a protest rally to demand punishment for those involved in the molestation of girls on Pahela Baishakh. She complained against the police force and said that they had adopted their usual tactics by blaming it on those who had come to celebrate the day. She also expressed her grievances against the police who termed the molestation as mere prank and vehemently opposed the comment made by the police chief. She said she did not like that comment and thought the police force was incompetent.
Awami League has Stolen Nationalism
According to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, Awami League has stolen nationalism. She said the talks of nationalism do not suit those who steal from the country and send that money abroad and those who resort to killing and abduction while snatching the rights of people. She was speaking at her Gulshan office on the role of freedom fighters at this critical juncture of the country, when she claimed that people are seeking deliverance from persecution and oppression. Khaleda also added that the autocratic government has sealed all the roads to end its misrule including the hope for holding fair elections. The BNP chairperson said Awami League has taken this country into its grip like an Octopus and this government is also shameless.
Intellectuals Taking this Country Backward
Noted educationist professor Sirajul Islam Choudhury believes that intellectuals have been grading this country backward by creating confusion amongst the people. He said one group of intellectuals has formed the Committee of Hundred Citizens and another multiplied that number by ten to form the Committee of Thousand Citizens. Choudhury said the goal of these intellectuals is to keep their respective political parties in power and resented that they have no time to think of anything else including the murder of Twoki, a student from Naraynaganj.
The Election Commission is Worthless
Former vice chancellor of Dhaka University and the convener of Committee of Hundred Citizens, professor Emajuddin Ahmed, has remarked that the Election Commission is a worthless entity. Ahmed was speaking at the VIP Lounge of National Press Club where he was speaking at a seminar on the plight of democracy and the recently held city corporation elections. He said the evidences of riggings done in the three city corporation elections were available with him, which would be handed over to the international organizations. He bitterly criticized the Election Commission and stated that he felt like calling it names and would have felt better if he could do so.
Existence is Enough for Jatiya Party
The opposition leader in the parliament, Begum Rowshan Ershad, claimed that it is enough for Jatiya Party that it still exists. She said her party's biggest achievement is that it stayed intact even though it was out of power for 25 years, and that Jatiya Party deserves to be thanked for this reason alone. Rowshan was talking to journalists at the Media Center of Jatiya Sangshad when she also said that in her opinion Jatiya Party has lost the elections due to its organizational weaknesses. She categorized the recently held city corporation elections as peaceful since there was no incidence of violence or death. Rowshan also denied rumors that there is any kind of conflict between her and her husband Hussain Muhammad Ershad.
Bangladesh is a Happy Country
Finance minister AMA Muhith has termed Bangladesh as a "Very Happy Country". He said it is true despite poverty and emphasized that poverty will be eliminated by 2018. Muhith made his remarks at a press conference held in his secretariat office. He said Bangladesh has made significant progress with poverty alleviation and the current poverty rate in the country is 24 percent which will come down to 11 percent soon. Muhith explained that residue of poverty which will still be there cannot be called poverty in the real sense. He argued that Bangladesh was born as one of the poorest countries in the world in 1971 but it has created so much pressure on poverty in last 45 years that the scourge will be eliminated within next four years.