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Rizvi slams government over autorickshaw ban

  • Likens move to ‘steamroller’ crushing their livelihoods
  • Accuses ruling party leaders of extorting money from autorickshaw drivers
  • Rizvi questions Quader's understanding of drivers' struggles
Update : 20 May 2024, 02:20 PM

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has criticized the government's treatment of autorickshaw drivers, likening it to a "steamroller" crushing their livelihoods.

Food had been snatched away from the mouths of poor people through the government’s ban on autorickshaws, the seasoned politician remarked at a human chain organized by Bangladesh Jatyatabadi Sramik Dal before the National Press Club.

Leaders of the ruling party regularly extorted money from autorickshaw drivers, making them penniless, Rizvi claimed. 

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, who is also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, on May 15 ordered measures to restrict battery-run rickshaws in Dhaka. 

Commenting on the move, Rizvi asked how would someone like Quader, who he said wore luxury watches and sunglasses, understand the struggles of autorickshaw drivers.

Additionally, Rizvi noted that those importing battery-powered autorickshaws were affiliated with the Awami League.

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