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Scared of Facing Trial after "Stealing"


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Khaleda Zia has been asking for time in the corruption case against her, which proves she is guilty as accused. She said this lady (Khaleda Zia) does not have the courage to face the court because she has stolen money from the orphans. Hasina also said that Khaleda does not want to contest the case in the court, she does not want to appear in the court and always wants to run from the court. While addressing the leaders of Shramik League at Gonobhaban on October 12, she further said that if Khaleda had courage and had not done anything wrong, she would have appeared in the court to say that she had not done anything wrong.

Ballot Not Bullet Will Change Government


Awami League presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim believes that it is ballot not bullet that will change the government. He said the statement to be adopted at the 20th national convention of Awami League will include the determination not to allow Bangladesh to be ruled by an unelected government ever again. Selim, convener of the subcommittee responsible for drawing up the statement, said it on October 13 at the prime minister Sheikh Hasina's political office.

"They Will Not Spare Anybody


BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has warned that if a national unity cannot be forged, those in power will not spare anybody. He said many nations have been erased from the world map due to their own mistakes. Alamgir then emphasized that the same thing could also happen to this country if the people failed to get organized. He lamented that the country was liberated from a dictator's rule 26 years ago but has now fallen in the hand of a fascist ruler instead. Speaking at a program commemorating Shahid Zehad at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on October 10, he said BNP has been paying dearly for its fight against fascist Sheikh Hasina.

A Fattening Project for Awami League Leaders and Workers


BNP vice-chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu has criticized the government initiative to distribute rice for BDT10 per kilogram and called it rather a "fattening project" for the Awami League leaders and workers. He accused the government of indulging in irregularities and corruption and complained that everything from appointing dealers to drawing up the list of recipients of rice has been done with partisan interests, and the distribution cards are going to party leaders and workers, UP chairmen and members loyal to the party and to the families of affluent and solvent people and their relatives who support the ruling party. During a press conference at his party's central office in Naya Paltan on October 13, Dudu also mentioned that many government and private sector employees have been included in the distribution list.

No Movement Possible for "Hunchbacked" BNP


Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan has once again questioned BNP's ability to launch a political movement. In his words, BNP has turned into a party of hunchbacks and it will never be able to remove Awami League from power. He also claimed that BNP has lost its support at home and abroad due to its subversive activities and quipped that the hunchbacks dream of lying on their backs but they cannot do it because of the lump on their backs.

Democracy is More Than Just Holding Elections


BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia does not think democracy means just holding elections. She said that democracy means ensuring the freedom and fundamental rights of the people. In a message on the occasion of Shahid Zehad Day, she also added that inauspicious forces are sitting tight in every sector of the state and society and the country will have to be inspired by the spirit of Zehad to fight against these domestic and international forces, resist conspiracies and uphold the independence and sovereignty of the country. She also blamed dictator Ershad for destroying democracy.

Anti-Rampal Campaigners are Mostly Jamaat People


State minister for power Nasrul Hamid Bipu has claimed that most of the people running the anti-Rampal campaign in social media belong to Jamaat-e-Islami, which is currently facing war crimes trials. He also said that these people are determined to stop the continuation of development in Bangladesh. He complained that these people are working so that Bangladesh will never rise above other countries under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.

Joy is an Asset for the Country and also for the Party


Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim has hinted that prime minister's son Sajib Wazed Joy might be inducted to the central committee of the party if the councilors would so desire. He was talking to journalists on October 11 when he said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina and the party would decide whether Joy should be included in the central committee. Nasim then added, "I believe that Joy is an asset for the country and he will be an asset for the party if he is offered a suitable position." The prime minister's 45-year-old son is currently her ICT affairs advisor and he is given the credit for being the driving force behind the Digital Bangladesh

Killing Militants without Trial Violates Human Rights


BNP vice-chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain has compared the extra-judicial killing of suspected militants with human rights crimes. He was speaking at a meeting in Dhaka when he referred to the recent killing of 11 mili - tants in Gazipur, Ashulia and Tangail by the law-enforce - ment agencies. He said that as a lawyer he thought killing these militants without finding out the mystery behind it is a serious violation of human rights. Hossain also warned that a day might come when the authorities involved in this indiscriminate and extra-judicial killing would have to fa ce trial in the international court.

Khaleda Zia Suffering from Mental Agonies


Gonoshasthya founder and BNP sympathizer Dr. Zafarullah Chowdhury has said that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will not be able to launch a democratic movement because she wants to do it sitting in her house. Chowdhury argued that no democratic movement in the world could be run from house and Khaleda will not be able to do it from her house either. He was speaking at a roundtable organized by Nagorik Bhaban at National Press Club on October 10 when he also said that Khaleda Zia is suffering from mental agonies and that he was shocked to see that she has been trying to carry out a movement and sending messages from her home without taking to the streets.



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