Khulna bus to get off the roads

A section of transport owners announced on Wednesday to maintain bus services to and from Khulna for 40 hours from October 21 ahead of a divisive mass rally of Bangladesh’s main nationalist opposition party in the city on October 22. october.

BNP leaders alleged that the announcement of the suspension of bus services had only come to implement the government’s plan to prevent party activists from joining the rally.

Prominent educators, central leaders of the Awami League-led alliance and opposition political parties have called obstacles created by Awami League-backed transport owners at divisional BNP rallies undemocratic and a violation of the constitutional provision.

Serajul Islam Choudhury, professor emeritus at the University of Dhaka, told New Age that every political party has the right to hold rallies and marches and the government should help them organize the programs instead of creating obstacles. .

But when the government made obstacles, it was very disappointing, Serajul said, adding that it would hinder the establishment of a democratic system in the country.

Rashed Khan Menon, chairman of the Bangladesh Workers’ Party, a partner in the AL-led ruling alliance, told New Age that giving obstacles to the opposition was not a new mechanism.

Menon said that when the BNP was in power they also created obstacles in AL rallies and programs, but he acknowledged that such obstacles still convey the wrong messages for democratic rule in the country.

On September 28, BNP announced new programs for the next two months as part of its plan to continue the momentum of its ongoing movement.

According to the schedule announced by the party, it has already held rallies in Chattogram on October 12 and Mymensingh on October 15 and was to hold the next rally in Khulna on October 22.

People suffered greatly ahead of the party rally in Mymensingh as transport suddenly stopped running without any prior announcement.

Earlier on October 12, BNP leaders alleged that police intentionally arrested BNP activists and that they, together with AL activists, attacked opposition activists to prevent them from joining the rally. mass at Chattogram.

The New Age Correspondent in Khulna reported that the leaders of the Khulna Bus, Minibus, Coach and Microbus Owners Association held an urgent meeting on Wednesday at their office at the Shonadanga Inter-District Bus Terminal. .

A press release issued after the meeting said that nasimons, karimons, mahendras and easy bikes were driving illegally on the motorways, defying High Court orders, and if administrations did not take action against these vehicles d By October 20, they would stop bus services. October 21 and 22.

The association’s vice president, Kazi Enayet Hossain, said they had announced the suspension of bus services on certain routes from Satkhira, Paikgacha, Dacope, Mongla and Bagrhat to Khulna town between 6:00 a.m. on October 21 and 10 p.m. on October 21. 22.

“The government has devised the plan to stop bus services on local routes to thwart the upcoming rally,” Khulna Metropolitan BNP organizer Shafiqul Alam Mona told New Age.

He said the Khulna City Corporation and Khulna Metropolitan Police had already given them permission to use the roads and stage the rally.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, chairman of the JSD, ASM Abdur Rob, said ordinary people were taking part in opposition programs, including the main opposition party, the BNP.

He said it was a sign of an impending mass movement against the Awami League government.

Khushi Kabir, a women’s leader and human rights defender, called the obstacles to opposition programs undemocratic.

But the fact is that political parties in power have always created such obstacles for opposition parties, she said.

She called on all political parties to take action to put an end to such practices.

Bangladesh President Jaiya Samajtantrik Dal Sharif Nurul Ambia said opposition parties would only be strengthened by such obstacles.

Ganosamhati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki said the challenges demonstrated the government’s fear and disconnection from the people.

Such measures would only hasten the defeat of the ruling party, Saki said.

Chairman of the Communist Party of Bangladesh and also coordinator of the Democratic Left Party, Ruhin Hossain Prince, condemned such obstacles to opposition rallies.

He called on the ruling party and the government to refrain from taking such measures.

Socialist Party of Bangladesh General Secretary Bazlur Rashid Firoz said the government was violating the constitutional provisions.

Firoz added that every political party has the right to organize rallies and programs against the government.

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