Our Children Do Not Pester Us for Business
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said that she and her family took no advantage of her being in power. On July 12 she told parliament that she and her sister have five children who have been sent to schools. “And these children have been told that education is their only wealth and they are assisting us in our work.” Hasina said their children do not pester them to give them business deals or this or that. She said power for her is not a conduit for fulfill - ing personal desires and she is prepared to face any challenge for the wellbeing of the people.
No Other Country Has Such Intolerant Politicians
Former adviser to a past caretaker government barrister Mainul Hosein blamed the politicians of the country for being very intolerant. He said the politicians are not so intolerant in any other country of the world. Mainul Hosein also said the system or practice of parliamentary democracy is absent amongst the politicians in this country, and the only thing they want is absolute power. He said it on a television talk show on July 12, adding that none of these politicians understand that they must stay within the legal framework once they are elected by the people.
I was Wrong and Sheikh Hasina Made Me Realize It
Finance minister AMA Muhith accepted that 15 percent VAT proposed in the national budget was a mistake and prime minister Sheikh Hasina made him realize that mistake. But he refused to take the blame and wanted NBR to share the burden with him. The minister said he had given a proposal and it never happened that a proposal given is entirely finalized. He also said that he always has a fallback position because he knows the prime minister will give certain concessions. Muhith added that he knows how the prime minister’s mind works better than any other people and better than any other member of the cabinet. He said it in an interview with a vernacular daily on July 9.
“I Cannot Put Up Mosquito Nets in Your Rooms”
Annisul Huq, mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, has claimed that Chikungunya is being spread by mosquitos born inside the houses, not in the drains. He said the city corporation was by no means responsible for Chikungunya whether it is an epidemic or not. He also said it was impossible for the city corporation to kill mosquitos visiting from door to door. Huq further added that he could not personally put up the mosquito nets inside everybody’s room and neither could he spray medicine in the water tanks in everyone’s house. He also said during a press conference at his office on July 15 that it was not possible for him to kill mosquitos growing in the clean water inside a house.
Nobody Without a Heart Can Be an Intellectual
While talking about intellectuals, Dhaka University’s emeritus professor Serajul Islam Choudhury said that they have a duty to change the world. He was speaking at a seminar organized by East West University on July 12 that the intellectuals have a responsibility to question the status quo, challenge its inadequacies and change it. He said that one cannot be an intellectual unless first he has a heart.
Democracy is Hollow Because Rule of Law Has Vanished
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia condemned police interference in a meeting held at the Uttara residence of JSD president ASM Abdur Rab. Khaleda made her condemnation in a written statement sent to the media on July 15. She said democracy has become hollow due to rule of law missing in the country. She complained that the law-enforcement agencies have become desperate at the instigation of the government and they have lost their good senses to show their loyalty to a “voterless government”. Khaleda insisted that the government has crossed all limits in its efforts to throw the country into the extreme darkness of one-party rule.
Shajahan Khan Called a Monster
Central organizing secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, expressed his resentment against shipping minister Shajahan Khan at the advisory council meetng of his party in the presence of the party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader. He also said that the situation in Madaripur was very bad. He accused Shajahan Khan of doing everything freestyle and that he has turned into a monster. Nasim made an appeal either to save Awami League from this minister or to exclude him (Nasim) from his party position. The meeting held at Awami League’s Dhanmondi Office on July 13 was presided by Obaidul Quader.
Asking Justices About a Judgment
Parliament member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim has criticized the abrogation of the sixteenth amendment of taking back the power of parliament to remove justices from office. He said he would like to ask the judges that while parliament can impeach the president, the prime minister and the speaker, then how they could stay above the law that they cannot be impeached. “What kind of a judgment is it and where are you trying to go with it?” he asked. He asked why the judges were giving political statements at different places. He also said that some of them had sided with the inauspicious forces in the past with a hope in their hearts, but that hope is not going to come true any more.
“I Joined Awami League Because I was a Fool”
Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna has called his decision to join Bangladesh Awami League a silly mistake, but thanks God, it did not take him too long to realize it. Manna said it at a press conference on July 15 where he narrated how he was harassed by police two days earlier while visiting the house of JSD leader ASM Abdur Rab. He said he too had boarded the “Boat”, the same “Boat” from which Dr. Kamal had dismounted. He said one had to be a fool to have done it. He also added that he did not know how long it took Dr. Kamal to realize his mistake, but he himself did not take that long to realize his own mistake. He further said that the Awami League that talks about the spirit of the Liberation War does not harbor the values of that war. He said it occurred to him at times that Awami League has no values at all.
The Tears Have Dried Up
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has accused BNP leaders of crying while speaking in press briefings from home. “It was BNP which had killed thousands of Awami League activists and blood ran like rivers.” Quader also added that the tears have dried up in their eyes. The minister made his remarks at a representatives’ meeting of the Khulna division held in Jessore on July 9.