Bangladesh travel

Joy of Eid vacationers marred by misery of travel: Fakhrul

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. — File photo.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party General Secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Saturday that the joy of Eid holidaymakers had been marred by the misery of travel due to lack of government oversight.

“There is no authority to deal with the transport system, especially the rail service. We see how accidents happen on the roads. Passengers suffered long delays due to a collapse in train schedules,” he said.

The BNP leader also said that the government, in fact, had no authority anywhere, causing public suffering. “People have no Eid joy amid misery.”

He also said the government had failed to provide good governance. “Their only purpose is to engage in corruption. They are turning the country into a failed state.

Fakhrul made the comments while speaking to reporters after laying wreaths at the grave of party founder Ziaur Rahman at Chandrima Udyan in Sherebanglanagar area of ​​Dhaka.

BNP Secretary General along with Khandaker Party Standing Committee members Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan and other party leaders paid tribute to Zia by laying wreaths at his grave at the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

They also offered fateha there and participated in a special prayer seeking the salvation of the deceased soul of the BNP founder.

On the power cuts, Fakhrul said the government boasts of having excess power generation capacity. “They now have to perform load shedding for three to four hours a day. The main reason behind this is corruption.

He said quick-hire power plants had been set up by spending excessive amounts of money. “No international tender has been launched for the location of these factories and a law has been enacted so that no questions can be raised in this regard. No complaint can be filed on an allegation. This means that compensation has been granted.

The BNP leader also said the government had no plans to run power stations while exploring for gas in the country.

He said that the government has taken no action for gas exploration only to import LNG and thus ensure the profit of one or two companies.

“They do all these things because of corruption. They are making all the plans to plunder Bangladesh. In fact, it is a government of looters and the Awami League has become a party of looters,” Fakhrul said.

He alleged that the government had created a development myth to weigh down its pockets through corruption and to deceive people.

“There has been no real development in the country because the poverty rate has increased. About 42% of the country’s people live below the poverty line,” he observed.