There is development but one group controls the entire economy: Menon



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Bangladesh Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon said that there is no doubt that the country has become a role model for development, but a small group of rich, military-civilian bureaucrats are now controlling the entire economy.

He said this to reporters after a meeting with 14 parties at Ganobhaban on Thursday (May 23) night.

He said, 14 parties together we have formed the movement, election and government. Until 2014, I was practically involved in everything from Bangabandhu's assassination trial. In 2018, I saw that the 14-party government became the Awami League government. Then the relevance of 14 parties is no longer with Awami League.

Menon said, our experience is that during this period, politically, when the government is under attack from America and fundamentalists, we stood by the 14-party government. Even during 1/11 when minus two formula is coming but your party is confused but we stand by you. We have said that now you say whether 14 parties are relevant or not.

The President of Workus Party said that there has been development in the country, there is no doubt that we have become a role model for development, but a small rich group, the military-civilian bureaucratic group, they are now controlling the entire economy. If we do not talk about money laundering today, then the continuity of development cannot be maintained.

He said, Bangabandhu spoke against discrimination now we have become a country with high discrimination. Now the disparity is 4.99 where earlier it was 2.2 points. If we increase another point, we will move to a country of high inequality.

Menon said, I fought against Hefazat, now it is seen that Hefazat is coming within Awami League, our education system is changing. Children are moving from primary school to madrassa.

Menon also said that 14 parties are fighting against communalism. Now Mr. Inu has come forward but the matter of Lenin has not gone from their minds.

The president of the Workers' Party said that Sheikh Hasina herself said in today's meeting that the United States wants to build a base in the Bay of Bengal. Today, they are trying to solve problems in our state and territory. They want control in Bangladesh, we do not agree with their proposal. It is not about the Prime Minister.

Menon also said that it is not possible to remain united without giving space to 14 parties. And the alliance leader Sheikh Hasina also said to strengthen the organization. Outsiders think we are with the government so our words are not accepted as such. If we want to talk about these issues from our own place, move forward then our balance of 14 parties will be visible to the people.

We have made a clear statement about the last election, in the 2018 election we were given a candidate by Awami League in Rajshahi but this time Awami League fought against the boat.

He also said that the Awami League leaders stood against Hasanul Haque Inu and arranged to defeat him, same happened in the case of Maizbhandari. If we do not take the leaders of 14 parties in these cases, then it will not be possible for us to move forward with unity. But Sheikh Hasina assured us that we were united and we want to move forward unitedly.

The Anti-Liberation forces have fueled the quota movement: Quader?



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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said in a statement that the spirit of the Great Liberation War and Anti-Liberation forces have influenced the quota reform movement.

He said this in a statement sent to the media by Awami League office secretary Biplab Barua on Friday (July 12).

Awami League General Secretary said that the Appellate Division has given a stay order of four weeks on the judgment of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court regarding reservation of quota in government jobs. After this order of the Appellate Division, the judgment of the High Court Division has no effect at present. Still, there is no justification for the students' movement to continue. The spirit of the Great War of Liberation and the evil forces against freedom has filled this movement.

Questioning against whom the students will protest, the Bridges Minister said, the order of the Supreme Court's Appellate Division is in their favor. The continuation of the movement after this proves that some group or faction is instigating the movement to achieve a political objective. If the students continue this movement, the suffering of the common people will increase. Public suffering is being created. If the people become hostage to this movement, they will lose confidence in the young students. A certain political faction is trying to gain advantage by creating conflict between students and people.

He said, "We do not believe that all sensible students want to ignore the directives of the highest court of the country." Only those who are politically motivated are trying to show force by ignoring the court's directives.

Obaidul Quader said that whenever there is any movement, BNP-Jamaat and their allies use it as a tool and they are consumed by the nightmare of coming to power. Now they are trying to build on the quota movement because people have no confidence in them. When they were in power they turned Bangladesh into a failed state through corruption, looting, terrorism and extremism.

He said that BNP’s convicted fugitive leader Tariq Rahman institutionalized corruption by opening Hawa Bhaban. Thousands of crores of money are illegally smuggled out of the country and live a luxurious life in London. He has no relation with the common people of the country. BNP has been rejected by the people time and again due to the non-politicos of this corrupt leadership. They could not succeed in any anti-government movement. Therefore, whenever a non-political movement is organized, BNP tries to politicize it by capitalizing it.

Obaidul Quader said, Awami League is always sincere towards the logical demands of the people of the country. No logical demand was ever ignored by the Awami League. Bangladesh Awami League is always working towards the construction of a prosperous state by embracing the hopes and aspirations of the people.

Calling upon the young students, Awami League General Secretary said, you will not be abused as someone's political tool. At the final hearing, the counsel for the agitators has the opportunity to present further arguments. The highest court of the country will settle the matter through the final hearing. The court will take into account the grievances of the protesting students during the final hearing and give a realistic final judgment and the matter will be settled.

Calling upon the agitators to be patient, he said, I request them to avoid all such programs that may cause suffering to the people and return to their educational institutions as per the court's instructions.

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Khaleda Zia's life is under threat: Fakhrul



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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's life is in danger, she has many ailments which we have repeatedly highlighted to the nation. But the government did not care.

Mirza Fakhrul said these things to the journalists after seeing Khaleda Zia in the hospital on Monday (July 8) afternoon and came to the chairperson's office in Gulshan.

Earlier, after a week of returning home with a pacemaker implanted in the heart, she was again admitted to Evercare Hospital on Monday morning. She is undergoing treatment in the cabin under the close supervision of the medical board.

BNP Secretary General said, now it has become a national demand that the BNP leader should be released unconditionally. The injustice being done to her is extreme injustice. She is being deliberately held to death due to political vendetta.

Fakhrul said, today she came to the hospital, she has to come suddenly. You see, she had to come to the hospital a few days ago. Constantly very complicated diseases attack her. We have repeatedly said that she needs to be treated in a multi-disciplinary medical center abroad. But unfortunately they (government) are not releasing Begum Khaleda Zia because of political revenge.

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AL’s good relations with everyone causes heart-burning of BNP: Foreign Minister



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Foreign Minister and Joint General Secretary of Awami League Dr. Hasan Mahmud said, we want to take the country forward by maintaining good relations with everyone. Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina has been following that policy very successfully. Seeing that, the BNP is burning. That's why they started talking upside down.

He said, after coming from India, BNP started saying that we have sold the country to India. Now after China visit, they might say or not, I have sold the country to China too. Everywhere we go they say they are selling the country. My question to BNP, how many times cans the country be sold?

The Foreign Minister said these things while addressing the Chief Guest at the reunion of Journalist Conference and Cultural Program at Chattogram Press Club's Bangabandhu Hall on Saturday (July 6) at 8 p.m. It was organized by BFUJ-Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists Chattogram Division.

Dr. Hasan Mahmud said, Our foreign policy is friendship with all, not enmity with anyone, and we have been doing it very successfully. Our Prime Minister visited India after a few days' break and now she is visiting China. Just as we have very good relations with India, we also have very good relations with China. Just as we have a very good relationship with Russia, we also have a very good and good relationship with the United States.

He said that as we are maintaining good relations with our near neighbor India who contributed to our great freedom struggle, those who were not by our side during the freedom struggle are also helping us, maintaining good relations with us, contributing to our development. This is the success of our foreign policy. Many people including the BNP pretend not to understand this.

He said that Sheikh Hasina and her government walk with their heads held high. Sheikh Hasina is not to bow down to anyone, this should be remembered. It doesn't matter what Rizvi Sahib said in a sullen mood, Gayeshwar Babu said in a relaxed mood, Mirza Fakhrul Sahib spoke like an illiterate despite being educated. We want to take the country forward by protecting the dignity of the state, maintaining good relations with everyone; the Prime Minister is doing that.

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Bangladesh's political friend India while China is for development: Quader



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Awami League General Secretary and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said that Bangladesh is a political friend of India and China is a friend of development.

He said these things in the speech of the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the seven-day Hill Fruit fair organized by the Chattogram Hill Tracts Ministry on Saturday (July 6) at noon.

This fruit fair has been organized at the Sheikh Hasina Chattogram Hill Tract Heritage Conservation and Research Center on Bailey Road in the capital.

Obaidul Quader said, our foreign policy is friendship with everyone, not enmity with anyone. Sheikh Hasina followed this policy of Bangabandhu. India has been our tested friend since ‘71. Indian soldiers then gave blood for us. Their people gave us shelter. We cannot forget the help of those times.

He said, since ‘75 years of hostility with India, what have others achieved in 21 years? We have solved the border problem. Having good relations, we got the sea boundary from India. We resolved the enclave problem peacefully because of the good relationship. We have also done the Ganges water treaty. If the relationship is good, everything can be resolved through discussion. We were never returned empty handed. Never been back, not yet.

Awami League general secretary said, those who talk big, they used to come from Delhi and say that we have forgotten about the Ganges treaty. When we get benefits for our development, why don't we take it? Now someone's body is itching, someone's heart is burning.

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