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BNP stages sit-ins, gives memo to power offices

Many power plants have been shut down for lack of fuel and energy, alleges senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi

Update : 09 Jun 2023, 12:12 AM

The opposition BNP on Thursday observed sit-in programs in front of all district offices of the Power Division protesting the nagging power crisis and corruption in the sector.

As part of the party's countrywide program, BNP's Dhaka district unit submitted a memorandum to the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) chairman.

The leaders and activists of the BNP unit took a position in front of China Market in the Naya Paltan area around 11:30am amid the inclement weather.

They took out a procession towards the BPDB's Motijheel office around 12:30pm, but police put up a barricade when it reached Arambagh crossing.

Later, the party observed a brief sit-in there, led by its Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

Speaking at the program, Rizvi said many power plants have been shut down for lack of fuel and energey, causing serious power outages across the country.

“A ruling party MP said that electricity will be sold by street hawkers. But where is that electricity now?” he asked the government.

The BNP leader alleged that the current regime has snatched people's all rights, including freedom of speech.

In Bogra, leaders of the district unit BNP handed over a memorandum to officials of the local power office. District BNP Secretary General Ali Ajgar Talukder Hena led the party delegation and handed over the letter to Northern Electric Supply Company (Nesco) Executive Engineer in Bogra Abdul Monnaf.

Earlier, the local leaders of the party brought out a procession from the city's Nababbari Highway and came under police obstruction in front of Nesco office. The leaders then observed a sit-in program on the spot. They complained that the people in rural areas are suffering from severe power cut and villages do not get more than two-hour power supply at night. As a result, mills and factories are closing down their production and output capacity has come down for many.

In Jamalpur, leaders of the party observed a sit-in program in the Basakpara CNB intersection in the morning. They then advanced towards the local electricity office and handed over a memorandum. District BNP President Liakat Ali led the delegation to the electricity office.

Leaders of the BNP said that they were intercepted by law enforcers on their way.

At the sit-in program leaders threatened that the government will be ousted through a strong movement.

In Faridpur, law enforcers foiled the sit-in program while leaders of the Awami League brought out a procession protesting BNP's program.

Police intercepted BNP leaders when they were advancing towards the local power office in Kathpotti intersection in the morning. Later, the leaders of the BNP observed a sit-in program there where district BNP Convener Syed Modres Ali Isa spoke. They also handed over a memorandum to officials at the local power office.

On the other hand, local unit Awami League protested BNP's sit-in and brought out a procession from the city's Janata Bank intersection. They alleged that the BNP-Jamaat quarter is trying to destabilize the country with help from their foreign friends.

In Pabna, leaders of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Juba League allegedly attacked BNP men when they tried to take position in front of the local power office. The attack left ten people injured.

Local people said that the BNP leaders were intercepted by the police when their procession was approaching the power office. At that time, some police men engaged in an altercation with BNP leaders and the party ended its program through a brief rally.

At that very moment, local leaders of BCL and Juba League attacked them which left district BNP Convener Habibur Rahman Habib and 9 others.

The incident took place in front of Latif Tower at around 12 noon.

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