Only Awami League and Jatiya Party to Last
While commenting that the political field in the country was empty, Jatiya Party chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad said that BNP does not exist anymore. He said that in future only Awami League and Jatiya Party are going to last. Ershad was speaking at the Iftar party held by Jatiya Party of Dhaka North. The former president insisted that BNP would not be able to turn around and it was likely that Jatiya Party would stay in politics in future and contest in the elections on its own.
Getting Rid of Sheikh Hasina
BNP vice chairman Shah Moazzem Hossain has said that the whole nation wants to get rid of Sheikh Hasina like she got rid of Syed Ashraful Islam. He added that it was not enough to sack Ashraful because the nation wants to see the government gone. Hossain was addressing a gathering of Jatiyotabadi Nagorik Dal at the National Press Club when he stated that this government was not an elected government and hence, it was illegitimate. He further said that the nation wants to know why this illegitimate government has removed Ashraful from his post and mentioned that all the ministers of this government including Qamrul Islam are corrupt.
Prime Minister Should Go Out in Disguise
Opposition leader of the parliament Rawshan Ershad has urged the prime minister to go out in disguise and observe the poor plight of the people. She suggested that, if need be, the prime minister should wear a burqa and go out on the street one day. Rawshan made her appeal during the closing of the sixth session of the parliament. She asked the prime minister to see how people are making a living and that would get more respect as the daughter of Bangabandhu if she did that. She said people surrounding the prime minister will never tell her the truth and that there is a gulf of difference between what was seen and what she heard.
Laptop and Mobile, Not Militancy and Hurricane Lamps
Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu urged Khaleda Zia to give up militancy and hurricane lamps and take the laptops and mobiles handed out by prime minister Sheikh Hasina. He was speaking at the launching of TV Guide Bangladesh mobile app introduced by Data Soft Systems Bangladesh Limited. The minister said that in 2009 Khaleda Zia had criticized Hasina’s promise to build the Digital Bangladesh saying that it could not be done with hurricane lamps and kerosene oil. But now the government has taken electricity, optical fiber and broad banding to the remote villages thus fulfilling its promise of building a Digital Bangladesh.
“There is No Treachery in Me”
Sacked LGRD minister Syed Ashraful Islam has said that he cannot betray his blood because his father had not betrayed anyone and died for his leader. He said that such was the nature of his blood. Islam was addressing the Iftar party of Hossianpur Samity of Kishoreganj when he said that his father practiced honest politics and laid down his life for his leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He then told the people of his constituency that he was committed to stay with them whether he was a minister or not.
Fasting by Awami Leaders Not Acceptable
Bikalpadhara president Dr. AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury is of the view that the fasting by Awami League leaders would not be acceptable because they failed to keep their promise. Chowdhury was speaking at an Iftar party organized by Bikapla Swechhasebak Dhara that the January 5 election was an election of commitment and now they are saying that they will not hold fresh polls. He said there is no difference between those who committed corruption and those who are committing corruption now.
BNP is a Sinking Boat
According to Mahbubul Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, BNP is now like a sinking boat and when the boat sinks its riders try to clutch at a straw to stay alive. Alam compared BNP’s condition to that plight while speaking at a ceremony in Kushtia where he distributed cash amongst the needy and laptops and projectors amongst schools. He also added that BNP is on the verge of breaking up and its leaders do not have enough faith in the party itself.
Praying for Good Sense to Prevail
Former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, Dr. Emajuddin Ahmed, has said he would like to pray for the government instead of criticizing it. He said he would like to pray that good sense prevails upon this government and that it should be guided by the spirit of Ramadan to think about holding midterm elections so that the country can get back the democracy it has lost. Ahmed told the members of All Community Forum at the National Press Club that the various quarters of the government are saying that the government is heading towards development instead of the elections. He emphasized that the development of the country will not be possible while democracy is kept pending.
Fall of Hasina’s Wickets
Jagpa president Shafiul Alam Prodhan has quipped that all wickets of the Hasina government are about to fall any day. He said that would also mark the beginning of restoration of democracy in the country. He said the falling of wickets started with the removal of Syed Ashraful Islam and more wickets will fall soon. Prodhan said that it is only a matter of time that the Hasina government will be all out.
People Fasting without Eating Anything
BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman resented that people are fasting without eating anything because they cannot afford to buy food. He said people want to see change of this government. He was addressing an Iftar party organized by the former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Forum of Chittagong University, when he termed the government as illegitimate and mentioned that this government cannot see the miserable condition of the people because it has not been elected by them. Noman also added that the country is going through an economic recession due to corruptions committed by the Awami League leaders.