Raushon: Stop violence at any cost
02 February 2015, Nirapad News: “Sabotage and violence in the name of blockade and Hartal can’t be political programmes of a party. I think, it should be stopped and resisted with the efforts of all in the interest of posterity.” said leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad.
She said on Sunday the government in association with the people must put up a strong resistance at all localities across the country to rein in the violence of hurling petrol bombs targeting innocent people.
The opposition leader regretted that though the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations were scheduled to begin on Monday, it was deferred due to the Hartal and blockade enforced by the BNP-led alliance.
“We hoped she (Khaleda Zia) would not enforce hartal and blockade during the SSC examinations. But she didn’t do so. A question has risen in the public mind for what and for whom is the Hartal and blockade which is affecting 15 lakh examinees”.
She also questioned the BNP chief as to why she is making the country’s common and innocent people her opponents. “Had she been a true mother and grief-stricken one at the death of her son, she could not have called hartal and continued blockade leaving mothers of 15 lakh SSC examinees in uncertainty and agony.
Also she urged the government to take all-out steps to ensure public safety and security so that they can freely move and go to their workplaces safely.
Awami League MP Abul Matin Khasru said the whole nation has become confused as to why BNP chairperson did not withdraw hartal and blockade considering the academic life of 15 lakh SSC examinees.
Referring to the killing of 42 people who succumbed to their injuries by petrol bomb attacks during the ongoing transport blockade, Khasru said 42 murder cases will be filed making Khaleda Zia the principal accused.
Another ruling party MP Hasan Mahmud Chowdhury also condemned the BNP chief for hampering the education life of the SSC examinees by continuing violence. He urged parliament to formulate a law providing capital punishment for arsonists.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, JSD MP Mainuddin Khan Badal, AL MPs Tarana Halim, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Shamim Osman, among others, spoke on the issue.