By Bangladesh Correspondent
Dhaka, April 19, 2014
Main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia on Saturday reiterated her demand for holding a fresh national election under a nonparty neutral care taker government with the participation of all political parties.
The BNP chief said this while addressing the two-day national council of Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal, labor front of BNP, at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) auditorium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The BNP chairperson formally inaugurated the nation council and seventh central council session of Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal on Saturday.
Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal president and BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan chaired the function and council also.
The Sramik Dal council session was also attended, among others, by acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul islam Alamgir, vice-chairman Abdullah Al-Noman, former whip Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, former MP Shah Mohammad Abu Jafar, acting executive president of Sramil Dal Abul Kashem Chowdhury and secretary general Jafar Hassan.
BNP Standing Committee members Dr RA Gani, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, MK Anwar, Dr Abdul Moin Khan, vice-chairman Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf, Selima Rahman, adviser to BNP chairperson Enam Ahmed, advocate Azam Khan, Abdu Mannan, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Jubo Dal president Moazzem Hossain Alal, Mohila Dal president Nure Ara Safa, general secretary Shirin Sultana, student affairs secretary Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury Annie, Sultan Salauddin Tuku, Swechhasebok Dal organizing secretary Shafiul Bari Babu, acting JCD president Bazlul Karim Chowdhury Abed and acting JCD secretary Obaidul Haque Nasir were also present the function.
Begum Zia said “If you (AL-led grand alliance) are very popular, then test your popularity by giving fresh national polls under nonparty government,”. People will decide which party is much popular, she added.
“But they will not do that. They did many corruptions and irregularities during the last five years. So they are afraid of holding polls under nonparty government,” the BNP chief said.
Accusing the government of picking up green activist Syeda Rizwana Hasan’s husband Abu Bakar Siddique, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday said it has later freed him fearing dire consequences.
“The government has shown its sense of prudence by releasing Abu Bakar Siddique amid huge protests by different quarters both at home and abroad,” she said.
Rizwana’s husband Abu Bakar Siddique was freed by the abductors 35 hours after his abduction but neither the abductors could be traced nor the motive behind his abduction could be debunked yet.
Voicing her wonder over the abduction of Siddique in broad daylight, the former Prime Minister said had the government not released the victim immediately it would have to face an oust-government movement. “No one could resist that agitation. The government has realised it.”
Former PM Khaleda Zia lamented that still many BNP leaders, including M Ilias Ali and Chowdhury Alam, remained untraced. “Their family members, friends and relatives everyday wait with a hope for their return. But, they still did not get back them.”
“I want to ask the illegal regime to release immediately those whom you still kept confined. We have all the information about those have been killed and made disappeared,” Khaleda warned the government.
Khaleda expressed deep concern over the growing incidents of forced disappearance and repressive acts ‘by the government’. “No one except those belong to Awami League is now safe in the country as the government has snatched democracy and the rule of law.”
The BNP chief asked the government to stop killing, forced disappearances and using arms against the opposition leaders and activists.
“You’re violating human rights and committing crimes against humanity everyday by killing people and making them missing. You must be made accountable for those who have been killed and made disappeared,” she said.
Ferdous Ahmad Bhuiyan