Vol. 5 Num 630 Tue. March 07, 2006  
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Arrest 'dramas' to divert attention
Says Hasina at rally

Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition government, who staged dramas of militant kingpins' arrests on the days of opposition's grand rallies in Chittagong and Barisal, would be toppled through another grand rally.

Addressing a 14-party grand rally at Bangabandhu Udyan in Barisal town, Hasina, also the president of Awami League, said the arrest dramas were staged to divert people's attention from the ongoing anti-government movement.

"When we held a grand rally in Chittagong, the alliance government staged the arrest drama of Abdur Rahman and now they have staged a similar drama with Bangla Bhai when we are holding a grand rally in Barisal, she said, adding, "The coalition government will fall when we hold a grand rally again."

Tens of thousands of people including 14-party leaders, workers and supporters, joined the rally held amid strict security with 1,400 law enforcers from the police, Rab and intelligence agencies deployed around the rally venue and other parts of the town.

Hasina expressed fear that militant kingpins Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai may be killed at the direction of the alliance government to prevent publishing of the names of the masterminds and patrons of the JMB inside the government.

She said the alliance government has created militancy in the country and established a reign of terror and looting in the country.

The former prime minister mentioned different development works during the AL period.

Prices of daily necessaries including rice, oil, sugar, fuel, fertiliser, seeds and others have hiked during the rule of the coalition government, the AL chief said.

She said the alliance government does not believe in the Islam of great Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (sm), rather they believe in the Islam of Moududi.

Hasina urged the people to unite to get rid of misrule, corruption, militancy, and repression of the alliance government.

The government will have to meet the opposition's proposed reforms in the electoral system to ensure free, fair and neutral elections in the country, Gono Forum President and eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain said.

He said the alliance government created militancy and used them to destroy the country.

AL General Secretary and 14-party coordinator Abdul Jalil said the alliance government has tried to divert people's attention from the ongoing anti-government movement through their stage-managed drama of the arrests of Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai.

Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon said the alliance government is conspiring to come back to power using black money and muscle power.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haque Inu said the BNP-Jamaat government wants to destroy democracy and that is why they are conspiring to hold a blueprint election.

Senior leaders of 14-party Abdur Razzak, Tofail Ahmed, Motia Chowdhury, Saifuddin Ahmed Manik, Sawkat Hossain Hira, Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, Bimal Biswas, Obaidul Quader, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Sylhet Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran, Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Nurul Islam, Fazle Hossain Badsha, Lutfor Rahman, Abdus Samad, AKM Jahangir Hossain, Abul Hossain, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Mirza Azam, among others, spoke at the rally.