28th February, 2017
Terming the transport strike illogical, Obaidul Quader asked concerned people to withdraw the obstruction immediately.
He also said that two bus drivers responsible for two major road accidents have been punished by the court, mass people have nothing to do with the court verdicts, why should they suffer?
The transport minister made the call at a discussion held at the Engineers Institution Bangladesh (IEB) in Dhaka.
Dhaka City (South) Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) organised the function to mark the end of February that takes pride for a special day- ‘Ekushey February’ and the International Mother Language Day observed together on February 21 each year.
The minister also referred to Tuesday’s hartal supported by BNP and said “Hartal is no more a weapon to realise demands.” He also questioned: why the general masses will suffer from such strikes?
Quader, also Awami League general secretary, reminded people to maintain road safety etiquette and said some people even cross busy roads while talking over mobile phones. This is ridiculous, he said questioning “When passengers and drivers both are reckless, who can resist road accidents?”
In this context, he urged all to behave properly and take self responsibilities to avoid road accidents.
He also urged Chhatra League leaders and workers to motivate and assist people to follow traffic rules. The good works can brighten the image of the Chhatra League, he reminded.
Obaidul Quader also criticised opposition leaders for their ‘hypocrisy’ and said “you people have called hartal but didn’t took to the streets and passed leisure time at home enjoying Hindi serials.” “This is simply a mockery.”
Dhaka City (South) BCL president Bayezid Ahmed Khan chaired the function, which was also addressed, among others, by central BCL president Saifur Rahman Shohag and its general secretary SM Zakir Hussain.