The stance of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 20-party alliance to remain firm on continuing a countrywide blockade ahead of Biswa Ijtema has created huge resentment among the countrymen.
phase of Biswa Ijtema, second largest Muslim congregation in the world,
will be held from January 9 to 11 while the last phase from January 16
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Joint Secretary General of the BNP, at
video conference from an unknown place said, "The countrywide blockade
of highways, railways and waterways will continue until further notice."
Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah, a Standing Committee member of the BNP,
told The Daily Observer, "BNP has yet to take any decision regarding the
nature of the blockade during Biswa Ijtema."
On the other hand, Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman said, "Relaxation in the blockade programme may come during the Ijtema."
Mahabubul Alam Hanif, Joint General Secretary of the ruling Awami
League told journalists on Wednesday, "I hope that BNP will withdraw its
blockade programme from Thursday on the occasion the second largest
Muslim congregation of the World."
The people, who are willing to attend the upcoming Biswa Ijtema would, otherwise, face nothing but misery, it is alleged.
over two hundred foreigners who have entered the country through
Benapole Land Port of Jessore to participate in Biswa Ijtema remained
stranded in Check Post area till Wednesday, failing to get any transport
for Tongi, our correspondent said.
They later took shelter in local mosques and bus counters, said Aktaruzzzaman, Officer-in-Charge of Benapole immigration police.
The foreigners include nationals of India, Pakistan, Bahrain and Afghanistan.
Monday, BNP chief Khaleda Zia called for the indefinite countrywide
blockade to protest the government's not allowing her party and allies
to hold rallies in the capital and elsewhere.
The BNP Chairperson is
still "confined" in her Gulshan office, which police cordoned off on
Saturday night. They repeatedly stopped her from leaving the premises
Khaleda Zia is now sick due to the impact of pepper
spray used by police on Monday, Maruf Kamal Sohel, press secretary of
the BNP Chairperson, said quoting her personal physician.