Obaidul Quader, the ruling Awami League General Secretary, has said the government has not made any attempts to stop people from gathering at the BNP rally in Dhaka’s Suhrawardi Udyan.
Most bus services to Dhaka from nearby areas have been halted since Sunday morning, ahead of the BNP rally in Suhrawardy Udyan at 2pm.
Reporters, after the meeting on Road Transport Security Council in a Dhaka hotel, had asked Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader whether the BNP’s allegation about the government trying to stop the rally by restricting public movement is true.
“This must be investigated to see who is obstructing them. BNP, however, has a way of getting in its own way,” Quader said.
He said investigations into such allegations in the past have been proved baseless. “They have an old habit of complaining about everything,” he added.
Asked why public transportation passengers were facing difficulty entering Dhaka, Quader said he did not know.
“There have been cases where vehicles were burned and passengers burned with them. Why will the transport owners risk bus services to Dhaka?” State Minister for Rural Development and Co-operatives Mashiur Rahman Ranga said pointing to BNP’s arson attacks during their blockade programme.
Obaidul Quader blamed BNP activists for creating disruptions during the rally.
“The same thing happened on the day of Begum Zia’s return. More people came to welcome Sheikh Hasina after her return but we maintained order. This is the responsibility of the political party. If those holding the rally today come to power, the entire country will similarly grind to a halt,” Obaidul Quader said regarding the public suffering.
BNP leaders have said Khaleda Zia will deliver an ‘important message’ at the event.