‘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.

   

Many cannot see the development of Sheikh Hasina: Quader



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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said that domestic and foreign conspiracies are going on against the government, many people cannot see the development of Sheikh Hasina.

He said this while addressing the platinum jubilee rally of Awami League's 75th founding anniversary at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Sunday (June 23).

The Bridges Minister said that many people cannot see the development of Sheikh Hasina. Today a party is burning with passion. They (BNP) see the darkness of the night in the light of day. They see the darkness of the new moon in the light of the full moon. They don't see progress.

Pointing to BNP, he further said, they are the enemy of our freedom and liberation war. They ruled our country for twenty one years. Victory sent Bengal into exile. We must unite against those masterminds of August 15 and August 21.

Obaidul Quader said, the greatest achievement of this country is liberation. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the Father of this achievement. Two legacies have been created in this country, one is Bangabandhu for freedom. Another legacy of our economic liberation is Sheikh Hasina.

Awami League General Secretary said that as long as the sun and moon rise in this Bengal, birds sing and the river flows, Sheikh Hasina will remain immortal. She is the poet of politicians.

He said, standing on the occasion of the 75th founding anniversary of the Awami League, I call upon all those who believe in the freedom of Bangladesh, the ideals of the liberation war, hold the spirit, political leaders, the strength of the liberation war, I will not say that we have no mistakes. Still, Sheikh Hasina is our only address of trust. Let's make Bangabandhu's daughter strong.

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Awami League was created with the dream of establishing Independent Bangladesh: Quader



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Awami League General Secretary and Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader commented that Awami League was created with the dream, commitment and oath of establishing independent Bangladesh.

On Sunday (June 23), he said this to the journalists while paying tribute to the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the 75th founding anniversary of Awami League.

Obaidul Quader said, Awami League is the largest and oldest political organization in this country. We can say in one word, Awami League is the colorful home of struggle, success and culture. If we divide our struggle, movement, achievement and development into two phases, one part is freedom. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the undisputed leader of freedom. The sun that set on Palassy rose again in 1949. It arose with the dream, promise and oath of establishing independent Bangladesh.

He said that the name of Bangladesh Awami League is to snatch victory by spreading the fire of resistance by echoing the voice of the people. We stand in the procession of death and sing the song of life. We stand on the ruins and fly the flag of creation.

The Bridges Minister said that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the center of all the struggle and liberation movement. The freedom of Bangladesh was in his hands. After that, what he said on March 7, 1971, "This time is our struggle for freedom; this time is the struggle for liberation." The struggle for liberation was interrupted by the assassination of Bangabandhu.

General Secretary of Awami League said, Ziaur Rahman has exhausted the liberation war. The values of the liberation war, the ideals of freedom are all plagued by injury. There was no historical June 7, there was no March 7. Bangabandhu was banned. Jai Bangla was banned. At that time, the defeated forces of the liberation war roamed around in the shelter and indulgence of Ziaur Rahman. Ziaur Rahman was the mastermind behind the murder of four leaders in prison.

Obaidul Quader said, Ershad after Zia, Begum Khaleda Zia after Ershad, we were in darkness for twenty one years. For twenty one year’s our democracy was in exile. The spirit of our liberation war was sent into exile. Victory and Independence Day were celebrated with the exception of Bangabandhu, the hero of victory, the founder of independence.

The Bridge Minister said that six years after Bangabandhu's murder, Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina's homecoming came as a light of hope in the darkness. Democracy has been unchained because Sheikh Hasina came to Bangladesh. War criminals were tried because he came. Bangabandhu's murder has been tried. The spirit of the liberation war has been revived. Democracy has returned. His homecoming was a return to the ideals of freedom.

He said that Sheikh Hasina's achievements have written a glorious chapter for Bangladesh all over the world. By building the Padma Bridge with our own funding, she has shown the World Bank that we can do it too. A symbol of our ability, a symbol of our ability, this Padma Bridge was built with our own money.

Awami League General Secretary said, Dhaka Metrorail, Elevated Expressway, Payra Sea Port, Matarbari Deep Sea Port, Bangabandhu Satellite, 68 years border problem, solution of enclave problem, all these achievements of Bangabandhu's daughter.

In response to a question about the achievements of Awami League in 75 years, he said, "We will not talk about our achievements." In 75 years, our pledge is to consolidate the victories won with the cost of our blood. The main obstacle on our way is the BNP, they talk in the name of liberation war. Our communal militant forces are our common enemy. This common enemy is united under the leadership of BNP. We vow today to defeat this same force. must overcome. We will consolidate our victory. We will build Smart Bangladesh under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina in the direction of Bangabandhu's dream of Sonar Bangla.

Responding to BNP's criticism of the Prime Minister's visit to Delhi, Obaidul Quader said that what the Prime Minister has brought has not been analyzed yet. The Prime Minister did not forget about Ganga water when she went to Delhi. She did not hesitate to say anything that needs to be said here to protect the interests of Bangladesh. She did not forget. 

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75 years of struggle, success and achievement of Awami League



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Based on the two-nation theory, Pakistan was formed in 1948 after the partition of the country the sole hegemony of the Muslim League in the new country was set. However, the progressive (liberal) leaders of the Bengali Provincial Muslim League led by Suhrawardy-Abul Hashem were neglected. On the other hand, the election commission declared the results of Mawlana Bhasani and Shamsul Haque invalid despite defeating the Muslim League candidate in a by-election. Later, the 'East Pakistan Awami Muslim League' was formed by the union of these two parties.

These neglected leaders of the Muslim League and another group led by Mawlana Bhasani and Shamsul Haque then planned to form a new party. According to the plan, Mawlana Bhasani was made the president and Yar Mohammad Khan the general secretary as the preparatory committee for calling a meeting. They called a meeting but could not find an auditorium to hold the meeting.

Later on June 23, 1949, Kazi Humayun Rashid of KM Das Lane called for a meeting in the Rose Garden owned by him. That afternoon, in the presence of 250-300 people, it was decided to form a new political party. There Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani proposed the name of the party. According to that proposal, the party was named 'East Pakistan Awami Muslim League'. In the case of whole Pakistan, the name is kept as 'Nikhil Pakistan Awami Muslim League'.

A committee of 40 members was formed there for the new party. Mawlana Bhasani became the first committee president. Ataur Rahman Khan, Ali Amjad Khan, Ahmed Ali Khan, Shakhawat Hossain and Abdus Salam Khan became the vice presidents.

Shamsul Haque became the general secretary. The treasurer was Yar Mohammad Khan, whose first meeting was held in the Rose Garden owned by him. At that time Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was detained in jail but he was made joint general secretary.

On the other hand, Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardy was made the president of 'Nikhil Pakistan Awami Muslim League'.

The party that started on that day has entered 75 years today after going through various crises. Among these, the party has led various democratic, political and social movements including the independence and liberation war of Bangladesh. In 1955, the Awami Muslim League Council removed the word Muslim from the name of the party after coming out of communalism and inspired by non-communal spirit.

Awami League is one of the country's oldest, non-sectarian, largest and leading political party in the Bengali national liberation struggle. The first work of building a non-communal Bangladesh started with the hands of that Awami League which was led by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

From the language movement of 1952 to the nine-month liberation war of 1971 and the final victory on December 16 through the armed people's war, Awami League is the party that has led everywhere. Also, the anti-military Ayub movement of 1954, the establishment of communal harmony after the 1964 riots, the six-point movement of 1966 and the popular uprising of 1969 were all under the party's absolute control which was led by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Awami League suffered a shock after the killing of Bangabandhu and his family in 1975. However, the party came to power again in 1996 through a long struggle of twenty-one years after overcoming it with the homecoming of the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina which was led by Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

After losing the election in 2001, Awami League faced the misrule of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, the movement against repression and all the conspiracies of the undemocratic caretaker government and won the people's vote again in 2008 by announcing the 'Day Change Charter' and since then, it has won 4 consecutive terms and formed the government.

In the last 15 years, the country has made incredible progress and has become a developing country. It has ensured that the benefits of development reach the grassroots level. In addition, the party took various successful initiatives like enforcing the verdict of the murderers of the Father of the Nation, prosecuting the war criminals by establishing the 'International Crimes Tribunal' and enforcing the judgment, ensuring the people's right to vote through the fifteenth amendment to the constitution and stopping the way of illegal seizure of power.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's daughter Sheikh Hasina has done all these things. After the death of Bangabandhu, she has been successfully leading this party for more than 4 decades. The leaders and workers of the party got encouragement under her leadership. Awami League as an organization has prospered. The people of Bengal got a taste of democracy after crossing the border of dictatorship. In keeping with the evolution of time, Bangladesh is the dream adventurer of Smart Bangladesh by crossing the path of Digital Bangladesh.

Under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has already been promoted from a less developed country to a developing country. As a result of his long struggle and sacrifice, the Bengali nation got back the right to 'rice and vote'. The democratic movement began. Good governance, stable economy, increasing agricultural production and achieving self-sufficiency in food, dynamism in development, digital Bangladesh, expansion of education, ensuring health services, employment, increasing power generation, social safety net, food security, empowerment of women have made breakthrough development in various fields. Bangladesh has been established as a self-respecting nation in the world.

Awami League has established the people as its source of strength since its birth. The source of strength of the organization is the grassroots level leaders and activists. Therefore, the history of Awami League is the history of the glorious achievements and struggles of the Bengali nation.

75th establishment of Awami League on June 23 has already announced a 10-point program on the occasion of the anniversary (platinum jubilee). Among which, on Sunday (June 23) at sunrise, the national and party flags will be hoisted at the central office and nationwide Awami League party offices.

Tribute to the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the historical Bangabandhu Bhavan premises at Dhanmondi number 32 at 7 am. At 10:30 in the morning, a delegation of the Awami League Central Executive will pay tribute at the grave of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who is lying in eternal sleep in Tungipara.

The members of the delegation are: Presidium member Lieut. Colonel (Retd.) Muhammad Farooq Khan MP, Central Committee Member Abul Hasnat Abdullah MP, Presidium Member Shajahan Khan MP, Organizing Secretary SM Kamal Hossain, Agriculture and Cooperative Affairs Secretary Faridunnahar Laili MP, Education and Human Resource Affairs Secretary Begum Shamsunnahar MP, Health and Population Affairs Secretary. Dr. Rokeya Sultana MP, Central Executive Member of Parliament Sahabuddin Faraji and others.

Meanwhile, on the occasion of the founding anniversary, the program will be inaugurated at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan at 2:15 PM by hoisting the national and party flags, playing the national anthem, and flying balloons and pigeons. After that, discussion meeting and cultural program will be held at 2:30 pm. Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will preside over the event.

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Arakan Army fired, not Myanmar government: Obaidul Quader



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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has commented that the bullet that hit St. Martin was not fired by the Myanmar government but by the Arakan Army.

He said that no direct attack was seen in Bangladesh. As part of the internal conflict between several ethnic groups in Myanmar, these recent incidents are likely to have been perpetrated by rebel groups, not the Myanmar government.

Obaidul Quader said these things while talking to reporters after the post-Eid meeting with the officials and employees of the ministry on Wednesday (June 19).

Obaidul Quader said that there may be gunshots or the sound of gunshots can be heard at the border. What a violation of sovereignty! These incidents are happening because of their rebels. Why should we blame the Myanmar government! We will continue to discuss as long as possible.

Obaidul Quader said in response to BNP's allegation that "the government is following a knee-jerk foreign policy" on the St. Martin Island issue, while the opposition is terming the government's decision as "subservient". But how is it subservient! The bullet that hit St. Martin was not fired by the Myanmar government, but by the Arakan Army rebels.

At this time, he spoke about Bangladesh's commitment to resolve the conflict through dialogue instead of war.

Obaidul Quader said that the Myanmar warship has been removed from the border Naf river. As the Rohingyas swept into Bangladesh like a tide, there was still provocation. At times there were complaints that our airspace was being violated. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was in Washington at that time, ordered the Chiefs of the armed forces to avoid war under any circumstances. If Myanmar provokes, we will sit in dialogue and find a solution but we will not engage in war.

He said, if BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir wants to join the war, then we can fall into the trap of provocation. We are in the government, we have responsibilities.

Questioning Fakhrul's contribution in the liberation war, Obaidul Quader said, "I don't know what Fakhrul did or in which sector he fought during the liberation war."

There is no point in making such a claim. Sovereignty remains intact. If sovereignty is really violated and negotiations fail, if they really attack, then we will sit quietly! We must respond.

Earlier on June 15, Obaidul Quader said about the tension on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, some clashes are taking place inside our neighboring country Myanmar. There are 54 committees. None of them match. Rakhine-Arakan rebels are openly rebelling. If we suffer for their internal conflict, that too is very unfortunate!

He said, Myanmar currently has a military government. We have no enmity with them. The door to negotiations is still open. We can talk as long as we can talk, discuss, 'We are not at a move down' stage, if not, we are trying to solve it through dialogue and we will do it. 

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