BNP to demonstrate in three divisional cities

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 23:11, Jul 13, 2019 | Updated : 23:12, Jul 13, 2019

BNP has announced a protest programme in three divisional cities demanding the release of its incarnated Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the announcement at a media briefing after a meeting of its standing committee members at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in Dhaka on Saturday (Jul 13).
As per the schedule, BNP has so far finalised, its first rally will be held in Barishal on Jul 18 then in Chattogram on Jul 20 and in Khulna on Jul 25.
“We hope to hold rallies in all the divisional cities by Jul 30,” said Mirza Fakhrul.
BNP asked its leaders and activists to stand by the -hit people at different parts of the country with relief materials.
“Our standing committee voiced deep concern over the flood caused by incessant rain and onrush of water from India. We call upon our party leaders and activists at all levels to stand beside the flood-affected people,” he said.
Fakhrul said their meeting has decided to make active the party’s central committee on relief and send relief materials to the flood-hit areas.
The overall flood situation in northern and northeastern districts has deteriorated as heavy rains and onrush of water from upstream India continued on Saturday.
Thousands of people remained marooned in the flood-affected districts while the shortage of food and drinking water has mounted the woes of the victims.
Fakhrul said their meeting viewed that the government has failed to take any effective step for resolving the Rohingya crisis which is badly affecting the country’s economy.
“We had hope that a positive outcome would come from the Prime Minister’s visit to China. But we don’t see any good response from China as the country is rigid on its same stance. We didn’t find any concrete assurance from the China authorities in this regard,” he added.
He said their meeting also expressed worry as the government’s financial management system, especially the banking one, has badly collapsed. “Bangladesh Bank shut down People's Leasing and Financial Services Limited three days back without repaying Tk 2.36 billion of depositors. It’s an unprecedented incident,” the BNP leader observed.
“We think this is a sign of the shattered banking system. We strongly condemn the shutting down of People’s Leasing and Financial Company unilaterally by the Bangladesh Bank without repaying depositors’ money and making alternative job arrangements for its officials and employees,” news agency UNB quoted Mirza Fakhrul as saying.
Fakhrul said their party will announce programmes demanding restoration of discipline in the banking sector and the capital market.
Apart from Fakhrul, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and Selima Rahman attended the meeting.