BNP to continue transport blockade
Staff Reporter BNP on Sunday reaffirmed that the 20-party’s ongoing countrywide transport blockade would continue until the fall of this regime. “I call upon leaders and activists of the BNP-led 20-party to continue the blockade program. This program will continue without any pause,” said BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. He came up with the call at a press briefing at the residence of a BNP senior leader in the city’s Gulshan area. Having failed to come out of her office to join a planned rally of the 20-party alliance in the city to mark ‘Democracy Killing Day’ on January-5, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia enforced the blockade for an indefinite time. Rizvi came down hard on the ruling party leaders for criticizing the 20-party for continuing the blockade program during the Biswa Ijtema, saying Awami League is party of frauds and liars. “A ruling party leader said whether the 20-party had declared a war against Bangladesh by enforcing the blockade during the Biswa Ijtema. “We become surprised by hearing such remarks of the Awami League leaders.” “Those indiscriminately killed the boys having the holy Quran in their hearts at the rally of Hefajat, those made derogatory comments against the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and those kept their minister with hospitality like of a son-in-law in jail after making offensive remarks against Tabligh and the prophet are now crying for Islam,” he observed. He alleged that the ruling party is now pretending to be a fake religious party as it is originally dishonest about religion. “They’re carrying out false campaign. We must remain aware of them.” About the FBCCI president’s remarks that a law should be formulated to ban programs like hartal and blockade, Rizvi said the head of the top body of the businessmen should not talk only directed by someone or a party. “He did not say to put an end to extra judicial killings, enforced disappearances and secret killings.” The BNP leader said the business leaders should take such an initiative so that stability and peace get restored in the country. He said there is now no other option but to hold a fresh inclusive election under a non-party administration to overcome the current crisis.