BNP on Saturday demanded the resignation of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader for his ‘failure’ to ensure smooth journeys for holidaymakers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
“The sufferings the home-goers facing are indescribable. The minister (Quader) has utterly failed…we think he is mainly responsible for the public sufferings, and he should step down,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with remarks at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
The BNP leader said people are going through immense sufferings on their way to home due to rundown highways, mismanagement, exorbitant transport fares and unabated extortion on roads.
Referring to Quader’s comment that people are going home smoothly without facing any tailback, Rizvi said the minister made the remark to hide his failures. “He also mocked the sufferers with his comment. We think he’s resorting to such falsehood only to protect his cabinet membership by appeasing the Prime Minister.”
He alleged that the government has continued repression on BNP leaders and activists by implicating them in ‘false and fabricated’ cases. “Our many leaders and activists have long been on the run to avoid harassment and repressive acts. They can’t return their home even on the occasion eid.”
The BNP leader criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for repeatedly seeking vote for her party availing of all the government facilities. “The Prime Minister again sought vote for her party yesterday (Friday). Seeking vote for a party holding the important post of Prime Minister is a complete violation of the election code of conduct.”
He alleged that the Prime Minister has been begging votes desperately as she has realised that people will not cast their votes for Awami League for snatching their voting rights.
Rizvi also said the Awami League leaders and activists have got scared realising that they will suffer a massive debacle in the next polls.