The Chhatra Dal has announced a two-day protest program in protest of the BCL's attack on the party leaders and workers.
Chhatra Dal central president Kazi Raunkul Islam Sraban announced the program at a press conference at the BNP's central office in the capital's Naya Paltan on Tuesday night (May 24).
The two-day program will include protest rally in educational institutions (colleges and universities) across the country on May 26 and in districts and cities across the country on May 27.
At the press conference, Chhatra Dal general secretary Jewel alleged that 80 leaders and activists of Chhatra Dal, including women leaders, were injured in the armed attack of Chhatra League at Dhaka University. Many of them are in critical condition. The BCL carried out the attack with hockey sticks, rods, ramdas, chapatis and indigenous weapons during a pre-announced program on campus.
He said that even women Chhatra Dal leaders Mansura Alam, Rehena Akhter Shirin, Shanjida Yasmin Tuli, Syeda Sumaiya Parveen and Tanvi Mallick were not spared from the attack. They have also been beaten on the road. They picked up two student leaders and threw them in the drain of Shahidullah Hall and tortured them. Besides, the BCL workers are harassing the injured leaders, workers and even the doctors treating the injured leaders and workers.
Stating that the unusual hike in fuel prices has left people in the lurch, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said the Awami League government can no longer be allowed to cling to power.
“This regime has destroyed our politics, economy and our potential. So it can’t be allowed to remain in power anymore,” he said.
Speaking at a rally, the BNP leader said the government has brought a disaster to the country by hiking the fuel price abruptly on Friday night as it will push up the prices of all commodities, fertilizer and other farm inputs and transportation costs.
“It’ll have a very negative impact on our economy and our economic condition will worsen further, “he warned.
Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal arranged the rally in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, protesting the killing of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal's Bhola district unit president Noor-e-Alam and local Swechchasebal Dal leader Abur Rahim in police firing on July 31.
Fakhrul said the government argued behind the increase in fuel prices that Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is incurring losses.
“Why it will go into loss? The BPC made a huge profit of around Tk 39,000 in the previous years. At that time, the price of oil was low in the international market, but you didn’t reduce it. Even, the fuel prices have now started to ddecrease in the international market,” the BNP leader said.
He slammed the information minister for his comment that the fuel prices are comparatively lower in Bangladesh than in many other countries, saying the ruling party leaders give people wrong information and statistics to confuse them. “Their every information is incorrect. So, we urge people not to get confused by false information.”
“The oil price was $14 in the USA, but it has now dropped to $3 due to the price fall in the international market. It means the other countries lower the oil price when it falls in the international market. But when the price of oil declines in the international market, it increases in our country for plundering public money,” Fakhrul observed.
He said the fresh hike in fuel prices, especially diesel, has left the farmers, common people and bike riders in serious miseries. “But the government is least bothered about it. Because they need police, RAB, BGB and other forces, not people, to run the country. It won’t continue anymore. People of the country will no longer allow this regime to run the country in this way.”
Fakhrul alleged that Awami League has been illegally staying in power for 15 years by force using the state machinery, including police, RAB and BGB.
“You’ve already killed many people and made many others disappeared only to stay in power. In continuation of that, you have killed our Noor-e-Alam and Abdur Rahim,” he said.
The BNP leader alleged that Bhola Sadar Model Police Station's officer-in-charge (OC Investigation) Arman Hossain opened fire at the BNP rally on March 31, killing Swechchasebak Dal leader Abdur Rahim on the spot and critically injuring JCD leader Noor-e-Alam who later died at a hospital in the capital.
“We want the government to arrest this police officer immediately and take proper action against him through a judicial investigation into the incident,” Fakhrul said.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi urged that BNP's movement should not turn into violence and said that the only thing the government has said is that BNP's movement should not be destructive, people's property and lives should not be lost. Throwing stones, harassing the police, attacking cannot be a democratic movement of BNP. Government will welcome if BNP avoids destructive movement and conducts peaceful movement.
He said these things to reporters at his residence on Central Road in Rangpur on a one-day visit on Thursday (04 August) morning.
The commerce minister said that BNP saw the invitation of tea as a joke. But the matter was satisfactory. In that case BNP could have said thank you, they don't have time for tea now.
At this time, regarding the increase in the price of goods, he said, to keep the market of daily commodities normal, the government is helping one crore people with food items through family card. Any discrepancy in this card will be investigated. He assured to take legal action if there is evidence that the price of oil, sugar, dal is being sold at a higher price than the price fixed by the government from the city to the village.
At this time, the president of Rangpur Metropolitan Chamber Rezaul Islam Milon, the former president of District Chhatra League Mehdi Hasan Siddiqui Roni and the leaders and activists of Awami League's organizations were present.
General Secretary of Awami League and Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said that the street is not the property of any person or party, the street is the property of the people, so it is the responsibility of the government to protect the property of the people.
He said these things in reference to the threat of BNP leaders to occupy the streets in a briefing at Setu Bhavan in the capital on Wednesday (03 August).
Mentioning that there is no use in threatening the brave leaders and activists of Awami League to occupy the streets, Obaidul Quader further said that the Awami League has come to the government through agitations and struggles on the streets.
He said, we (Awami League) have experience of sacrifices on the streets.
Commenting that not Awami League, but BNP has a history of escaping from Bangladesh, Obaidul Quader said that acting chairman of BNP, Tarek Rahman, is a convicted fugitive who has fled abroad on bond saying that he will not do politics. Awami League has no escape history.
Claiming that the roots of Awami League formed through movement and struggle are deeply connected to the soil and people of this country, he further said that no matter how many crises and conspiracies, Awami League will remain in this country.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader warned the BNP leaders that if they again choose the path of arson and vandalism in the name of occupying the streets, a strong response will be given for the safety of people's life and property.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party - BNP is holding a pre-announced protest rally against load shedding and mismanagement of electricity.
The rally started in front of the National Press Club around 10:30 am on Sunday (July 31).
District BNP President Dr. Dewan Mohammad Salah Uddin is presiding over the rally organized by Dhaka District BNP.
BNP Standing Committee Member Nazrul Islam Khan will address the rally under the direction of Dhaka District BNP General Secretary Khandaker Abu Ashfaq. The party's national leaders will also give speeches.
Dhaka district BNP leaders Nazim Uddin Master, Tamiz Uddin, Kafil Uddin, Dewan Nazimuddin, Sahabuddin Ahmed, Iftekhar Al-Farooqi, Abed Hossain, Md Mohiuddin, Md Badiuzzaman, Shah Mainul Hossain and Irfan Ibn Aman, Ni Raipun Chowdhury and others are present in the rally.
Earlier from 10 am Dhaka district BNP, NGO and allied organizations leaders joined the rally in front of the press club with a procession.
Awami League has submitted the audited account report of 2021 calendar year to the election commission office.
A delegation led by Awami League treasurer AHN Ashiqur Rahman submitted the report to the Election Commission Secretary on Sunday (July 31) morning.
Publicity and Publication Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Burua, Deputy Office Secretary Sayem Khan, Finance and Planning Sub-Committee Member Zafrul Shahriar Jewel were in the delegation.
Later, the summary of income and expenditure of Bangladesh Awami League was presented to the journalists.
In the calendar year 2021, the total income of Bangladesh Awami League was Tk 21 crore 23 lakh 46 thousand 106. The total income in the calendar year 2020 was Tk 10 crore 33 lakh 43 thousand 533. 10 crores 90 lakhs 2 thousand 573 rupees more than the calendar year 2020.
Reasons for increase in income: Sale of nomination form and sale of initial membership collection form.
Main areas of income: sale of nomination forms, sale of primary membership collection forms and income from property.
The total expenditure in the calendar year 2020 was Tk 9 crore 94 lakh 49 thousand 931. But in the calendar year 2021, the total expenditure of Bangladesh Awami League was 6 crore 30 lakh 19 thousand 852 taka. 3 crore 64 lakh 30 thousand 79 rupees less than 2020 calendar year.
Reason for Reduction in Expenditure: During the calendar year 2020, financial assistance was provided to party leaders during the Covid pandemic. But in 2021 calendar year the amount of cash disbursement was less.
Major Expenditure Areas: Salaries and allowances of officers and employees, organization management expenses, office rent, publicity and publication expenses.
In the calendar year 2021, the surplus of Bangladesh Awami League at the end of the year was 14 crore 93 lakh 26 thousand 254 taka. 14 crore 54 lakh 32 thousand 653 rupees more than 2020 calendar year.
At the end of the 2020 calendar year, the balance was Tk 50 crore 76 lakh 37 thousand 194. In the calendar year 2021, the balance of Bangladesh Awami League at the end of the year was 70 crore 43 lakh 70 thousand 166 taka.