Opposition BNP said a minister responsible for the ongoing turmoil in the country’s readymade garment (RMG) sector.
“After recent various shocking incidents in the sector, including Rana Plaza collapse, all of a sudden a minister has emerged. He held a meeting with workers in Dhaka bringing them from various parts of the country. The fresh unrest is the outcome of that,” BNP’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday.
Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Projonmo, a pro-BNP organization, organized the program on holding the next polls under a non-party caretaker government.
Apparently refereeing to Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan who held a meeting with workers on Saturday, the BNP spokesman said a new conspiracy has been hatched under the minister’s guidance to destroy the RMG sector and cripple the economy.
The meeting was organized under the banner of ‘Garment Sramik Samannoy Parishad’ with Shahjahan Khan in the chair at Suhrawardy Udyan to push their demand for re-fixing their minimum wage at Tk 8114.
The following day, the RMG workers took to the streets and continued their violent agitation at different parts of the country as of Tuesday demanding a minimum monthly salary of around Tk 8,000, forcing many owners to shut their factories.
A number of factories have also been vandalized in Ashulia, Savar, Mirpur, Uttara, Badda and Gazipur in the last four days.
Voicing concern over the unrest, Fakhrul urged the government to restore the congenial atmosphere in the sector after discussions with the workers and factory owners.
The BNP leader also called upon the government to restore the caretaker government system in the current parliament session to remove the uncertainty over the next general election and ensure the participation of all parties in it.
He alleged that the government is conspiring to cling to power establishing a one-party autocratic rule undercover of democracy.
Fakhrul also warned that opposition leader Khaleda Zia will soon announce the agitation programme for a decisive movement.