Take people's sufferings into consideration
Bangladesh Chatra League (BCL) yesterday celebrated 70th founding anniversary throughout the country. But in the capital Dhaka they held the entire city of 17 million people virtually hostage by forcing traffic at halt for hours as the BCL activists marched towards Bangabandhu Avenue in the afternoon.
Thousands of young boys and girls wearing colourful T-shirts and Sarees provided by the party they marched holding up banners and festoons -- and to the beating of drums -- totally blocking all roads leading to the BB Avenue in the city centre, thus causing a peripheral standstill of traffic in many other roads.
For example, it took three and half hours (from 12 noon to 3:30 pm) to come from Mohammadpur to Motinheel, a distance usually covered by at best one hour according to the Google map. Similar was the condition everywhere with people and vehicles stranded while hundreds of traffic police stood still like pillars. They watched the people's sufferings, but did nothing to ease it a bit.
The BCL is the student wing of the ruling Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The PM and her government strongly advocate the development and welfare of the country and people as Bangladesh trudges towards becoming a middle income country by 2021. So far it made significant progress towards achieving that end. But people naturally ask how expected development can be achieved when millions of work hours are wasted on the road daily, causing billions of dollar worth of economic losses annually.
We assume had the nagging traffic congestion, which is becoming worse in the city every day, being controlled then Bangladesh would have marched towards coveted economic, infrastructural and social development much faster.
Bangladesh won its independence from Pakistan in December 1971 and now it is 46 years old. But the BCL says it took birth 70 years ago, 25 years before Bangladesh had taken birth. This is quite amazing but well accepted by people as the ruling party endorses the claim. That's not a headache for anyone but the guarantee of smooth public life is a matter to be reckoned with.
The ruling party and its front organizations routinely resort to programmes disrupting usual life, even defying the directives of their top leaders. If anyone objects they turn unruly and violent. Police play no role to control the rowdy activists rather they cover the trouble makers from people's anger. This should come to an end to allow the people to enjoy their rights and privileges undisturbed by political whims.