Country under Siege
Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Eshad has concluded that there is no democracy in the country. He said that the nature of the prevailing democracy is such that people do not feel safe even to step out of their homes. He was speaking at the biennial conference of his party in Narail when he also said it is because they are not sure if they should be able to return home once they have stepped out. Ershad lamented that the country today is under siege and there are check posts everywhere. He also mentioned that the life and property of people were not safe and then took a dig at BNP when he asked where were those who had practiced the politics of vengeance and sent him to jail.
At the Behest of India
BNP vice chairman Sadek Hossain Khoka believes that both the state and government in Bangladesh are running at the behest of India. He said that the transit, water sharing and other issues of vital interests to Bangladesh are being aggressively controlled by India. He added that Maulana Bhasani had warned everyone against the Indian hegemony immediately after independence. He was speaking on the occasion of the 39th death anniversary of Maulana Bhasani held in New York. He resented that there is not even one area left where Bangladesh is free from the grip of Indian aggression.
Trinomool BNP will be Devoured by a Goat
BNP vice chairman Shah Moazzem Hossain commented on the formation of Trinomool BNP by barrister Nazmul Huda. He said this grassroots BNP will remain in the grass and will be devoured by a goat. He was speaking at a discussion on the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on November 7 at the VIP lounge of National Press Club when he also said that BNP only means the party, which is led by Khaleda Zia. He criticized the prime minister and asked to speak like a prime minister because irrespective of the fact whether she was elected by popular vote or not, she happens to be the prime minister of the country. He said if Khaleda Zia could kill the foreigners in Bangladesh from London by remote control, then the prime minister would not have existed till now.
People are Scared of Khaleda’s Return
Awami League’s publicity and publication affairs secretary Dr. Hasan Mahmud has expressed his concern that people are scared of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s return to the country. He was speaking at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium when he said that he had learned from reading newspapers that BNP gave a statement that it was concerned about the security of Khaleda Zia in the country. He added that real fact was that people are worried about their own safety eversince she has returned to the country. Mahmud further said that he had heard she was meeting with terrorist groups in London and wondered if she had hatched a plot against the country.
Asking Allah for Justice
Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, who defended Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, said that one could raise questions about the witnesses and the evidences which were used to give death sentence to his clients. He said now that the legal process was exhausted one could only ask Allah for justice. Hossain said it while giving his reaction to the rejection of the review prayers made by Mojaheed and Salahuddin Quader.
Undemocratic Interventions have Made People Powerless
Veteran lawyer of the country, Dr. Kamal Hossain, has said that repeated undemocratic interventions over the last four decades have brought about controversial changes in the Constitution and rendered people powerless. He added that the people, however, never quietly accepted these changes and they have been steadfastly struggling to keep the basic principles of the 1973 Constitution intact. Dr. Hossain made his comments while speaking at a reception held at the Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building of Dhaka University on November 18.
The Situation is Grave
Jatiya Party presidium member GM Qader has described the present law and order situation of the country as extremely vulnerable. He said people’s safety remains at the lowest level, and cautioned that extremist organizations like the IS have a high possibility of thriving in countries where there is no democracy, and where the government has no accountability. Qader then concluded that such a situation is now prevailing in Bangladesh, which is a matter of concern. He made his remarks during an interview with a vernacular daily and added that it has become easier to target foreigners in this country due to political instability.
No Time to Worry about Who Says What
State minister for foreign affairs, Shahriar Alam, said that Bangladesh does not have the time to worry about who has said what. He told journalists after a meeting at CIRDAP auditorium that Bangladesh has been going forward towards a goal and there is no time to look back until that goal has been achieved. The minister was responding to questions regarding the recent comments made by Human Rights Watch on the war crimes trial. He said that everybody has seen how the trial process has been conducted but those who have been sentenced to death by hanging had appointed their lobbyists abroad. The HRW comments were the work of those lobbyists.
Saka’s Contribution to Independence
BNP spokesperson Dr. Asaduzzaman Ripon has claimed that the standing committee member of BNP, Saka Chowdhury, did not get justice. He said that Saka had made a contribution towards the independence of Bangladesh and he was a clean and honest politician who had a commitment and never compromised on the question of democracy. Dr. Ripon also claimed that his politics was given preference over his crimes during the trial and that he was deprived of his fundamental rights as a citizen. He insisted that if the documentary evidences presented by Saka were given due considerations then he would have perhaps got a fair trial.
Ministers Busy Serving Their Own Interests
Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon observed that the ministers of the republic are busy serving their own interests instead of those of the people. He was addressing a crowd at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad auditorium when he said the farmers would never find their salvation until they became aware of their own rights. He added that they will have to shed their blood if they must get their rights. He also said that the country needed a peasant leader like comrade Sattar Khan.