The BNP has alleged that the government has instigated the stoppage of long-route bus services amid the ongoing student demonstrations demanding better road safety.
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, senior joint secretary general of BNP, said that the bus owners and workers suspended their long-haul bus services at the behest of ministers.
“The public transport services have been stopped at the directives of ministers to sidetrack the students’ justified demands,” said Rizvi.
Rizvi brought the allegation while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on Friday.
Notably, bus owners of long-route services suspended their operation claiming ‘vandalism’ by the agitated students during the ongoing protests seeking safe roads.
Obaidul Quader, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges, earlier said that the owners are not operating their bus services on security grounds.
Rizvi, however, underlined that the students were not seen obstructing vehicles anywhere during their agitation.
“Students are checking licenses of drivers and vehicles, and helping them ply vehicles in a disciplined way,” said Rizvi.
The senior BNP leader came down heavily on the AL leaders and ministers of the government for abiding by road safety rules.
“We’ve seen the driver of a minster has no driving licence, MPs’ and law enforcers’ vehicles have no valid papers, and their drivers have no driving licences either. It’s shameful for the nation,” the BNP leader observed.
Abdullah Al Noman, vice chairman of BNP, called upon the government to accept the demands of the students.
Speaking at a separate programme, he said, “If the government accepts the students’ nine-point demand, it can take steps to promulgate an ordinance by the President.”
“I think the government should take the right decision to resolve the problem peacefully,” he concluded.