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BNP-Jamaat atrocities continue

Published : 05 Dec 2023 10:20 PM

While the mass people are eagerly waiting to cast their votes in the upcoming polls, the BNP-Jamaat terrors are continuously torching vehicles  and hurling crude bombs in a bid to halt the national election.

However, most of the grass root level leaders are participating in the polls either as independent candidates or joining in small parties ignoring the destructive politics of right wing BNP and its ultra extremist Bangladesh Jamaat e Islami, said political insiders.

According to the Fire Service and Civil Defence media cell, BNP-Jamaat cadres carried out  a total of 253 arson attacks till 6am on Tuesday during blockades and hartals called by the BNP, Jamaat and their like-minded opposition parties since the end of October.

After a break on Tuesday, the BNP and its like-minded opposition parties are going to enforce another 48-hour road-rail-waterway blockade across the country starting Wednesday morning to realize their demand of caretaker government which is totally unconstitutional.

The chosen mode of BNP-Jamaat’s  protest – continuous strikes and blockades – has garnered widespread criticism.

The BNP’ choice to stay out of the political arena altogether raises questions about the efficacy of this strategy.

Critics argue that this approach denies citizens the opportunity to express their political will through the ballot box.

BNP-Jamaat’s undemocratic process has inflicted considerable hardship on the common people. The toll on the economy, public services, and daily life has been substantial.

Setting fire to passenger buses and goods trucks during the blockade has become a disturbing trend. This not only poses a significant risk to the safety of individuals but also contributes to the disruption of essential services and transportation networks. 

The most significant casualties in this political standoff are the ordinary citizens who find themselves caught in the crossfire. The continuous strikes and blockades have led to disruptions in transportation, hindering the movement of goods and people. This has severe repercussions for businesses, 

daily wage earners, and those who depend on a functioning public transport system.

The burning of vehicles not only endangers lives but also contributes to the degradation of the environment. The economic fallout from damaged infrastructure and disrupted services has a cascading effect, affecting not only the immediate stakeholders but also the overall stability of the country.

As the protests intensify and the blockade continues, there is a noticeable shift in public sentiment. BNP’s subsequent tactics employed have eroded that support. The burning of buses and trucks, coupled with the prolonged disruption of daily life, has led to growing frustration among the common people.