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AL-backed syndicates make Eid holidaymakers suffer with extortion, harassment: Rizvi

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Friday alleged that the Eid holidaymakers are facing many ordeals while travelling to their village homes due to anarchy in the transport sector fueled by ruling party-backed syndicates.

“People from the metropolitan cities are returning to villages to celebrate Eid with their loved ones. But the anarchy in transport fares fueled by the government syndicates and the limitless misery on the roads are spoiling the joy of the Eid holidaymakers,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference at the BNP’s Nayapaltan Central Office, Rizvi also said the Awami League’s transport and ticket syndicates have become active during Eid to make quick bucks.

He said the transport syndicates are charging two-three times extra fares from the homebound people ahead of Eid. “The ruling party’s influential leaders get a share of this money. Extortion, traffic jams and harassment continue on the roads and highways for a lack of monitoring.”

The BNP leader also slammed the government for public suffering caused by frequent power outages. “Why are we now experiencing horrible load-shedding during the tenure of this government which could produce surplus electricity?”

After lighting the Padma Bridge with so many lights, Rizvi said, the ministers are now saying that the wedding ceremonies should be finished by 7pm without any illumination.

It is now being recommended to cut the office hours due to the power crisis, he added. “So, there’s no doubt that the country is heading for bankruptcy like Sri Lanka.”

The BNP leader also said when people are struggling to cope with skyrocketing prices of daily essentials, the government has increased the price of water by 5 percent. “The state minister for power already said the price of fuel oil will go up. Earlier, the prices of electricity and gas were increased.”

He alleged that the ruling party leaders are indulging in corruption in every sector, leaving people in misery. “The country is now under the grasp of the ruling party quarters.”

The BNP leader called upon the people to get united to save the country and establish a pro-people government through a strong street movement.

Source: United News of Bangladesh