Extending support to the student movement for safe roads, Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday demanded immediate resignation of the Awami League government for its ‘failings in all sectors’.
‘We are demanding resignation of not just the shipping minister and the road transport minister but the entire government,’ Fakhrul said while addressing a news conference at the party’s central office in Dhaka.
The incumbent government had failed to contain many incidents, including road crashes, he said adding that it had created chaos and people’s sufferings and also failed to ensure peoples’ security of life.
Referring to the deaths of two students of Shahid Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College under the wheels of a bus at Kurmitola on Airport Road in Dhaka, Fakhrul said that the government had failed to resolve the crisis that forced the students to take to the streets.
Fakhrul said that in the face of ongoing student movement the government announced it accepted all the demands of the agitating students. ‘But their number one demand was the resignation of shipping minister Shajahan Khan who has not resigned yet.’
The BNP senior leader said that road transport minister Obaidul Quader could not deny his responsibility for the road accidents as well. ‘Who has given the licence to the drivers? Why is there no management?’
Fakhrul said that the entire state machinery ‘has broken down due to total failure’ of the government.
He also mentioned that the body of quota reform movement leader Arif who had gone missing was found on Wednesday.
Fakhrul blasted prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her lamentation on Wednesday that she could not hold trial of Ziaur Rahman, founder of BNP, suggesting his involvement in the killing of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He said that the prime minister made such a statement to divert attention from the ongoing student movement.
Fakhrul claimed that nobody mentioned Zia’s name during the trial in Mujib killing case.
BNP stranding committee member Mirza Abbas, also a former president of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahon Samiti, suggested that the government should incorporate a provision in the new road transport law for cancellation of registration if vehicles compete with one another to overtake.
He said that the transport owners have to take responsibility for the drivers.
BNP leaders Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amanullah Aman, Ataur Rahman Dhali, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and Nazimuddin Alam, among others, were present.
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