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BNP: Unemployment forces people to go abroad

  • Published at 08:00 pm June 15th, 2019
Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury - mehedi hasan
File Photo of senior BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

BNP demanded the release of their Chairperson Khaleda Zia who has been in jail since February 8, 2018

BNP senior leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said Bangladeshi youths are opting for risky voyages to go abroad, because there are no jobs in the country.

"Failing to endure the pain of unemployment and repression at home, some Bangladeshi youths are now drifting off the coast of Tunisia," he told a discussion.

Jatiyatabadi Tanti Dal arranged the program at the National Press Club on Saturday demanding the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports UNB.

The BNP leader further said: "Why are several thousand people fleeing Bangladesh and undertaking such a risky voyage, and drowning? Can they, those who now talk about the development of the country, answer these questions?"

According to media reports, a rescue boat carrying around 75 migrants, 64 of them from Bangladesh, has been stuck off the coast of Tunisia for nearly two weeks, since authorities refused to let them disembark.

In a separate incident, on May 10, at least 65 other migrants drowned when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian coast after they had left Libya for Europe.

Khasru, a BNP standing committee member, said there is now no democracy, human rights, rule of law, security of people, freedom of the press, and freedom of expression in Bangladesh.

"That is why people now do not get justice in the country."

He said a quarter is plundering public money and using public resources to serve their own interests.

The BNP leader also said there is now no other alternative to waging a strong struggle to get rid of the current situation of the country.

"We must now take to the streets with the demand for the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and the restoration of democracy."

He said a sort of tension has been prevailing across the country since certain quarters usurped power, ignoring the will of the people.

He said: "Their main objective is to revive one-party rule and take public resources into their own  hands."

About the proposed national budget for fiscal year 2019-20 , the senior BNP leader said people will get nothing from it and their hopes and aspirations will remain unfulfilled with this budget.

He said the current government is not accountable to people since it was not elected by them.

"The country's resources are not safe in the hands of those who captured power by vote rigging."

The BNP leader also said the same quarter which governs the country is also doing business, politics, formulating policies, and implementing them, to safeguard their own interests.