Published: Sunday, April 28, 2013

18-party, lefts call hartal for May 2

The BNP-led 18-party alliance last night called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for May 2 to protest the “killings in Savar building collapse and the government failure to act against those responsible”.
The announcement followed back-to-back meetings of the BNP standing committee, and chiefs of the alliance components.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia presided over the meetings at her Gulshan office.
Earlier in the day, left parties called a countrywide daylong hartal for the same day to press for trial of those responsible for the building collapse in Savar and safe workplaces for the garment workers.
The Communist Party of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal, and Gonotantrik Bam Morcha, a platform of seven left-leaning parties, called the strike at separate press conferences in the capital.
The 18-party alliance will also bring out a black-flag procession in the city on April 30 to mourn the Savar victims.
Besides, it will hold a grand rally in the city on May 4. The rally venue is yet to be finalised, said Moudud Ahmed, BNP standing committee member, while briefing reporters after the meetings.
“We will seek permission to hold the rally at Motijheel Shapla Chattar. If we don’t get that, we will hold the rally at Kakrail intersection,” Moudud said.
The alliance leaders at their meeting demanded removal of Home Minister MK Alamgir for his “irresponsible comments” about the Savar building collapse on April 24.
About hartal, Moudud said the government’s incompetence and failures were exposed through the “Savar killings”. The opposition has decided to enforce the shutdown to protest this.
“The Savar incident is not merely an accident. Rather, it was a case of killings. Jubo League leader Sohel Rana and local Awami League lawmaker Touhid Jong Murad are responsible for the cruel murders. Rana has managed to escape with the help of Murad Jong.”
He also said the 18-party leaders slammed the government for its “failures in the Savar rescue operation”.
At a press briefing at Topkhana Road, Gonotantrik Bam Morcha called the May 2 strike.
Its leaders asked the government to form an independent commission to identify all vulnerable factories.
They also asked the government to meet their demands by today.
On Wednesday morning, the building housing several garment factories came crashing down, a day after some cracks developed on its pillars and floors. So far, 344 bodies have been recovered from the rubble.
Owner of the building, Sohel Rana, also a leader of Jubo League, the ruling Awami League’s youth wing, dismissed the risks and kept the building open for business.

  • S M Iftekhar Ahmed

    No doubt the Government has failed in many aspects but there are better ways to protest than by calling a shutdown at such a time. Often in the past it has been noticed that whoever is in the opposition calls a shutdown for their political gain and this is no exception. No way are they paying respect to the dead by stooping to this low means for their own personal gain and I feel that the people, along with the business community, must come forward and resist this unjust shutdown.

  • Shafiqur Rahman

    This is absolute stupidity. Calling a strike to protest the collapse and subsequent “killings” that BNP is accusing the govt is simply ridiculous. We don’t need another strike. Because of the strikes we fell back into time in terms of economic development.

  • Mohammed Khan

    What Ex PM think us? She thinks we are full? She got chance to call Hartal and able the chance? I am doubted regarding her blood!!! Is she a Bangladeshi lady? Is she loves Bangladesh? Is she loves Bangladeshi? The answer from me is No.. No… No.. She is only and only power lover; when she is PM her face and figure change because she is in peace; now she is always making conspiracy so she looks not that nice. Simple I have to say I hate her…. Allah is great. Joy Bangladesh.

  • wss

    Ugh Hortal !!. I am not getting how a hortal can help those poor people who are injured and killed in the savar tragedy.What will happen in this hortal ?Most of the rich and middle class people will stay at home, but other poor people will have to starve on that day , no one cares about those people, even most of general people never care about them let alone those inhuman politicians. This tragedy gives another chance to these two political parties to play dirty politics with us and with our emotions, their only aim is to getting our sympathy and show us how much they care about us and yes, the most important thing,this is their another chance to get votes in the next election. After all election is the only time when they consider the fact that bangladesh is a democratic country and we are the valuable people of this country.