Political parties outcry decision on ending public holiday

Tapos Kanti Das | Published: 01:31, May 29,2020


Different political parties on Thursday criticised the government’s decision on ending the spell of public holidays, and reopening of offices and public transports during COVID-19 situation.

They said that the decision would be suicidal.

Main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Revolutionary Workers’ Party, Socialist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist) and Bangladesh National Awami Party-Bangladesh NAP in separate programmes and statements made the allegations.

The government made the decision on the day when the government recorded the highest of 2,029 COVID-19 infections and death of 15 people.

So far, a total of 40,321 people were infected and 559 people died of COVID-19.

BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi in a virtual press conference from the party’s central office at Naya Paltan in Dhaka said that the government’s decision would be a complete disregard for the World Health Organisation’s warnings.

‘By not extending the public holidays, the government has put millions of people at the risk of being infected. This is the government’s biggest suicidal decision,’ he said.

Revolutionary Workers’ Party general secretary Saiful Huq in a virtual meeting of the party’s central committee termed the government decision as ‘reckless’ and ‘suicidal’ and said that the government took the decision at the dangerous time of transmission as they could not take responsibility of the people.

‘The decision is the government’s indirect approval of failure,’ he said.

Bangladesh NAP chairman Jebel Rahman Gani and secretary general M Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan in a statement said that the government’s decision would soon be proved the biggest suicidal decision and that the government had no coordination in its system in tackling the COVID-19 situation.

SPB (Marxist) general secretary Mubinul Haider Chowdhury lamented that the government had failed to protect the people.

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