Keep count of days, let alone 5 years, Khaleda asks govt
Kazi Zafar’s JP joins BNP-led allianceStaff Correspondent
The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Saturday ridiculed the incumbent government for asserting that it would stay in power for five years and asked it to see for how many days it could survive.
‘They [Awami League government] plundered wealth in last five years. Now they say they would stay in power for another five years so that they could plunder more wealth. Keep count of days, let alone five years… Their days are numbered,’ Khaleda said.
Addressing a function at her office at Gulhsan last night, she said the people would remove the AL government for its misdeeds.
The function was organised on the occasion of Jatiya Party faction’s joining the BNP-led 18-party alliance. The faction is led by its chairman Kazi Zafar Ahmed.
Khaleda said that not a few but every AL man had made millions of Taka by looting public wealth.
Welcoming the Jatiya Party faction to her alliance, she said now the alliance had turned into a 19-party alliance.
She said 19 was a ‘lucky number’ adding that 19-party alliance would carry ‘good message’ in the year 2014 for the people.
Khaleda said, ‘On this day [January 25] in 1975, democracy was killed through the imposition of the one-party BKSAL rule but today the BNP-led alliance has been extended.’
She said the country was in ‘danger’ and ‘conspiracies’ were on and asked all to unite to free the country from the grip of ‘autocracy’.
Earlier in the afternoon, Kazi Zafar told an extended meeting of his faction’s executive committee at Gulshan, ‘We have joined today and from now on the 18-Party will be a 19-Party alliance.’
Kazi Zafar, the faction chairman, at a press conference at Gulshan said that the executive committee at an extended meeting on the day had unanimously decided that the party would join the BNP-led 18-party alliance.
‘We are going to join the 18-party [alliance] which would from now on be known as the 19-party [alliance]. We are the mainstream Jatiya Party and [HM] Ershad is a villain and [his wife] Rawshan [Ershad] is pro-Awami League,’ Kazai Zafar said adding, ‘The people of the country is prepared to welcome a mass uprising.’
‘Democracy is absent in the country. We want to fight for restoring the voting rights of the people,’ Zafar said.
He prophesied that the fall of the ruling government appeared imminent.
The executive council meeting of Kazi Zafar-led JP faction was attended by former lawmakers TIM Fazle Rabbi, Abbas Ali Khan, Golam Reza and SM Alam.
The 18-party alliance, led by the BNP, is mainly an alliance of centrist and right-wing parties, including Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.
The JP faction, led by kazi Zafar Ahmed, boycotted the January 5 controversial polls.
Kazi Zafar was expelled from the Ershad-led JP in November for what Ershad said making ‘indecent remarks’ on him.
Zafar on December 20 formally declared himself the chairman of the JP and Golam Moshiah as its secretary general.
comments powered by Disqus
The Centre for Policy Dialogue on Saturday said that political uncertainty was unlikely to end completely unless there was an inclusive and acceptable election. A prolonged political uncertainly would continue to affect investment and in... Full story
Hundreds of families in Nilphamari, particularly women and children are passing days amid uncertainties and insecurity as the opposition men have been on the run to escape torture by ruling party activists and possible arrests. Full story
Joint forces’ drive following atrocities of Jamaat-e-Islami in Satkhira caused panic and dissatisfaction among people because of law enforcers’ excesses indiscriminate fire killing people and bulldozing houses of opposition men. Full story
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said on Saturday that the wrath of the BNP-Jamaat-Shibir cronies would not continue further as they would have to answer to the people one day for acts of violence in their bid to foil the last parliament elections. Full story
The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Saturday ridiculed the incumbent government for asserting that it would stay in power for five years and asked it to see for how many days it could survive. ‘They [Awami League government] plundered wealth... Full story
Thai authorities told anti-government protesters on Saturday not to interfere in early voting in a general election and stop blockading official buildings, but promised not to use violence to clear Bangkok streets. Full story
Leaders of garment labour rights organisations said the case of suicide by a female apparel worker of Rana Plaza, for want of treatment was an act of killing and demanded exemplary punishment of the people responsible... Full story
A Singapore-based British wealth adviser who set off a firestorm by publicly insulting Singaporeans who have to rely on public transport has ‘parted ways’ with his former employer, the firm said on Saturday. Full story
The ‘Akheri Munajat’ of the first phase of the Bishwa Ijtima will be offered today just before the Zuhr prayers. Before and during the Akheri Munajat vehicle movement in the adjacent areas would be limited. Full story