‘I will not say anti-people, this budget is anti-national’: Fakhrul



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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has commented that the proposed budget is anti-national.

He said this in an immediate reaction while talking to the media persons in front of the BNP Chairperson's political office at Gulshan in the capital on Thursday (June 6) afternoon.

Fakhrul said, it has become a country of robbers. The government has become a looter. What would the looters budget for?

He said, this is what I see, a new robbery is planned. That is, in the so-called budget, the expenditure is much higher than the income. In places where income share is being shown, all the burden falls on the common people and what they do to meet the expenses will also fall on the common people.

Mirza Fakhrul said that grants or loans are being brought from abroad, and loans will be taken from the banks. It all depends on people. People can no longer carry this load. Inflation has skyrocketed. The increase in the price of food items is not sustainable. A few days ago petrol-diesel, electricity prices increased, now they will increase again with the budget.

The agreement with the IMF will increase four times every year. We are paying this money for; everyone knows that there is theft in the electricity sector. From Quick Rentals to Adani, all from India have made the pockets heavy. Where is the Rooppur plant now and the Rooppur plant is not progressing at all. Where did the work of Payra port flyover, elevated expressway - very good talk. But in any way you are solving the problems of common people, people are not able anymore, many people are leaving the city and moving to the village. Because they are not able to survive in Dhaka city anymore,' he said.

BNP Secretary General also said that the biggest problem in this budget is that there is nothing to create employment here. The entire budget is spent on mega projects, mega theft and mega corruption. I will not call this budget anti-people, it is an anti-Bangladesh budget.

In this budget, 15 percent VAT has been imposed on laundering black money and 30 percent VAT has been imposed on legitimate earnings. Nothing happens here to those who do wrong.

He said, 'How can a government official create thousands of crores of wealth, how can a former army chief create so much wealth that the workers could not go to Malaysia, why could not because of the government's failure. It happened due to the  extreme failure of administration.

BNP extends support to student's shutdown program



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The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has expressed its support for a total shutdown across the country on Thursday (July 18) to demand quota reforms in government jobs.

Didar Hasan, a member of BNP's media wing, gave this information in a press release on Thursday (July 18) at 12:15 p.m.

Didar Hasan said that 7 people were martyred in the violent attack of the police and the armed Chhatra League on the peaceful movement of the students. Apart from this, many people were injured in the massive attack by RAB, Police, BGB and SWAT on the protesting ordinary students even today. According to the decision taken by the BNP National Standing Committee meeting today in this despicable bloody incident, full support has been given to the 'Complete Shutdown' program called by the anti-discrimination student movement tomorrow on July 18 for the logical demand of quota reform in government jobs.

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Hundreds of cocktails were recovered in raids at BNP's Nayapaltan office, 7 detained



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More than 100 cocktails and firearms have been recovered from the central office of BNP in Nayapaltan of the capital. Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DB) arrested seven people, including the former president of Chhatra Dal, Shravan.

DMP Additional Commissioner of Police (Detective) Mohammad Haroon Or Rashid told reporters after the raid on Tuesday (July 16).

The DB chief claimed that more than a hundred cocktails, seven domestic and foreign weapons, and more than 500 batons were seized in a raid at the BNP central office. Seven people including the former president of Chhatra Dal were arrested.

Haroon said that the BNP central office was raided keeping a close eye on the ongoing quota reform movement and a group is trying to take it to a different direction.

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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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