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Defeat ruling party with strength of unity: BNP

Dhaka, July 10 – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday urged his party colleagues to find out effective ways based on political reality to defeat the ruling party with the strength of people’s unity. “The world politics has changed a lot. Just think those who had killed Mahatma Gandhi in India are now in power. This is ... Read More »

BNP starts withdrawing expulsions on UZ-level leaders

Dhaka, July 10 – The BNP now starts backing home around 200 grassroots leaders who were expelled for participating in last Upazila elections held followed the December 30 parliamentary polls. As part of the endavour, the party has withdrawn expulsion order from 34 leaders at district and Upazila levels till Monday. A senior BNP leader preferring anonymity said that the ... Read More »

Signing bar: Khaleda Zia’s legal notice to Home Secretary

Dhaka, July 9 – Former prime minister Khaleda Zia on Tuesday sent legal notices to five persons, including the Home Secretary, for not allowing her to sign the power of attorney. Khaleda’s lawyer Barrister Kayser Kamal sent the notice to the Home Secretary, Dhaka Deputy Commissioner, Inspector General of Police, Inspector General of Prisons and the superintendent of Keraniganj Central ... Read More »

Gonoforum to intensify anti-govt role: Reza Kibria

Dhaka, July 9 – Gonoforum general secretary Reza Kibria on Tuesday said their party will intensify its anti-government role both in parliament and outside. “Gonoforum is a party of people. We stand here in protest against the increase in gas price. We’ll oppose this government’s all unfair and repressive acts where we can. We’ll do it even if we get ... Read More »

Cornered BNP to join local body polls sans party symbol

Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) – BNP on Friday decided to participate in the upcoming local body elections without using its election symbol, ‘the sheaf of paddy’. The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s standing committee members at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office. “We still think the local body elections should be held without party symbol. We’ve decided to ... Read More »

Moral support to Sunday’s strike against gas price hike: BNP

Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) – The BNP on Friday extended its moral support to a half-day hartal to be enforced across the country on July 7 protesting against the gas price hike. The decision was taken at a meeting of BNP standing committee members at the party chief’s Gulshan office. “We’re extending moral support to the July 7 hartal called ... Read More »

Gas tariff hike ‘ill-motivated’, says BNP

Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) – BNP on Friday alleged that the government has raised the gas tariff unfairly only to facilitate those ruling party leaders and businessmen who import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). “The only reason behind the gas price hike is to create a scope for making quick buck by their (govt’s) people who import LNG,” said BNP secretary ... Read More »

Country in grip of judicial anarchy: Fakhrul

Dhaka, July 4 – Voicing surprise over the Pabna court’s verdict against their party men, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday alleged that the country is going through a judicial anarchy. “The entire nation has got surprised over the verdict that a Pabna court handed down yesterday (Wednesday) centring an incident of 1994 at Ishwardi Rail Station,” ... Read More »

Pabna court verdict against BNP men ‘dictated’ one: Fakhrul

Dhaka, July 3 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday said a ‘dictated and ‘cruel’ verdict’ was given by a Pabna court sentencing nine of its activists to death and jailing 25 others for life on a ‘fabricated’ charge of attacking a train carrying then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in 1994. In a statement, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said ... Read More »

Gas price hike aimed at benefiting corrupt elements: BNP

Dhaka, Jul 1 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday alleged that the government has raised the gas price to make the pockets of corrupt elements and businessmen heavier. “The gas price per burner has been increased by Tk 175. It’s aimed at only giving privileges to those businessmen importing LNG gas. They (govt) also did ... Read More »

Peaceful BNP demos in districts for Khaleda’s release

Dhaka, July 02 – The BNP on Tuesday staged peaceful demonstrations and brought out processions at district and city levels across the country protesting the increase of gas prices and demanding release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia. Speaking the demonstrations, the opposition leaders termed the government decision of increasing the gas prices anti-people and demanded not to execute the decision. ... Read More »

Demos in district towns against gas price hike Tuesday: BNP

Dhaka, July 01- The major opposition BNP will stage demonstrations at district towns and city corporations across the country on Tuesday protesting the government decision to increase gas prices. In the capital city of Dhaka, the party will either stage demonstrations or bring out processions at thana level. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi yesterday announced the programme ... Read More »

Polls ticket trade imaginary: Why not air Swiss Bank Ac’s: BNP

Dhaka, June 30 (UNB) –  BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Sunday termed imaginary Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment that BNP’s ‘nomination trade’ during the 11th parliamentary election swelled Bangladeshis’ deposits in the Swiss banks. Speaking at a human-chain programme, he also said the national budget passed in parliament on Sunday will not only push up profits of businessmen, ... Read More »

BNP opposes gas price hike move, calls it anti-people

Dhaka, Jun 30 – Describing the government’s decision to raise the gas price as an unjustified one, BNP on Sunday warned of waging a street movement if it does not back off from the move. In a statement, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir issued the warning. “The gas tariff has been increased at the consumer level illegally only ... Read More »

BNP decides to intensify movement seeking Khaleda’s release

Dhaka, Jun 29 (UNB) – BNP on Saturday decided take a series of action programmes to intensify its movement for ensuring the release of Khaleda Zia from jail. The decision was taken at a meeting of BNP standing committee members at its chairperson’s Gulshan office. Briefing reporters after the meeting, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Our meeting ... Read More »

BNP gained nothing by joining JS: Manna

Dhaka, Jun 29 (UNB) – Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna on Saturday said BNP has gained nothing by joining parliament where MPs are always busy flattering the Prime Minister. “Parliament members start praising the leader (Hasina) just after taking the floor. The way they talk in the House that means that it’s only Sheikh Hasina who deserves to be ... Read More »

BNP slams law-and-order ‘downslide’

Dhaka, Jun 29 (UNB) – BNP standing committee member Selima Rahman on Saturday said the incidents of killing, enforced disappearance and rape have now engulfed the country for lack of good governance and impunity culture. “Rifat was hacked to death in broad daylight on Wednesday. What we see there’s no trial of any murder incident. The murderers of Sagar-Runi and ... Read More »

BNP welcomes Oli Ahmed’s ‘Jatiya Mukti Manch’ to free Khaleda

Dhaka, June 28 (UNB)— BNP on Friday welcomed new political platform ‘Jatiya Mukti Mancha’ floated by Oli Ahmed, President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). “We welcome any initiative for the restoration of democracy and ensuring the release of our chairperson Khaleda Zia,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. He came up with the remark after placing a wreath ... Read More »

Oli Ahmed floats new political platform to free Khaleda

Dhaka, Jun 27 (UNB)  – President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmed on Thursday announced to float a new political platform, ‘Jatiya Mukti Mancha’, in a bid to free BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and ‘restore’ democracy in the country. At a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club, he said Kalyan Party, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party (Jagpa), Bangladesh ... Read More »

Khaleda to walk out of jail on bail soon: Moudud

Dhaka, June 26 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday expressed the hope that their imprisoned party chairperson Khaleda Zia will be freed soon on bail and lead a democratic movement in the country. “I’d earlier said she (Khaleda) would get bail by a week, and she was granted bail in two cases by the time. We’re now ... Read More »

Nasim lied about Dr Kamal in JS: Gono Forum

Dhaka, Jun 26 (UNB) – Gonoforum on Wednesday accused senior Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim of spreading lies in parliament about its president and Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain with an ‘ulterior’ motive. In a statement, Gonoforum executive presidents Prof Abu Syeed and Subrata Chowdhury, and general secretary Reza Kibria also denounced Nasim’s comment that Dr Kamal made the ... Read More »

Dr Kamal demands judicial probe into Moulvibazar crash

Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Monday demanded a judicial investigation into Upaban Express train crash in Moulvibazar’s Kulaura upazila to unearth the main reason behind it. In a statement, Dr Kamal and his party general secretary Reza Kibria also demanded the government ensure adequate compensation to the relatives of those killed and injured. They ... Read More »

Opposition BNP candidate GM Siraj wings Bogra – 6 by-election

BNP candidate GM Siraj wins the by-election to Bogura-6 parliamentary constituency BNP candidate GM Siraj has secured a seat in the 11th parliament after winning the by-election to the Bogura-6 (Sadar) constituency. Senior election officer Mahabub Alam Shah announced the poll outcome on Monday. Contesting with the ‘paddy sheaf’ symbol, Siraj bagged 89,782 votes in the by-polls. His nearest rival, ... Read More »

BNP wants action against top loan defaulters

Dhaka, Jun 23 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday said their party is waiting to see what action the government takes against those top loan defaulters whose names were unveiled in parliament. “The names of 300 top loan defaulters were placed in parliament on Saturday. They’re not repaying around Tk 51,000 crore of people,” he said. ... Read More »

BNP expels a dozen JCD demonstrators

Dhaka, June 23 — The BNP on Saturday night expelled a dozen demonstrating leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s (JCD) recently dissolved committee for breaching party discipline. A press release, signed by BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, said the 12 leaders have stripped off all JCD posts, including primary memberships. Those who were expelled include Bashar Siddiqui, General Secretary ... Read More »

BNP to announce action programmes for Khaleda’s release

‘PM’s remarks in JS on pillow scam ‘untrue’, says Fakhrul Dhaka, June 22 – BNP on Saturday decided to announce action programmes at different divisions by a month in a bid to intensify its movement for having its chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail. BNP standing committee took the decision at a meeting at party chairperson’s Gulshan office. Briefing reporters ... Read More »

BNP finds govt’s ‘naked interference’ in all state organs

Dhaka, Jun 21 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Friday accused the government of ‘nakedly’ interfering in all the state organs, including the judiciary and parliament. “The government is not only nakedly interfering in the judiciary, but also in all other state organs, including the media. The Speaker of Parliament is also not playing a neutral ... Read More »

BNP renews demand for fresh polls under caretaker govt

Thakurgaon, Jun 17 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said the government must hold a fresh election under a caretaker government as the current parliament is not formed with people’s votes. “The current parliament is illegal as the government was not elected with people’s votes. They robbed people’s votes,” he said while addressing a meeting ... Read More »

Govt working in a free style sans accountability, alleges BNP

Thakurgaon, Jun 16 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said the current government is working in a free style since it has no accountability to people. “Bangladesh has now turned into a failed state where there is no accountability. The government is acting as per its whim,” he said while addressing a meeting of Ruhia ... Read More »