I HAVE special respect for the communications minister. A soft-spoken person, he speaks logically on different issues, which is praiseworthy.
But recently I was disappointed by his comments on a few subjects. His remark about the opposition political party not participating in the general election is not acceptable. He said ‘the opposition has missed the train.’ But the people do not think so. Ignoring the demand of 90 per cent of the people for an election-time caretaker government, the government went ahead with its agenda. So the train was actually derailed and there was no scope for the opposition to board it.
At Rajshahi University where general students were protesting against various fee hikes and the move of the vice-chancellor to turn the varsity into a partly private coaching centre, more than 100 students were injured, 20 of them hit by bullets as the police and activists of the ruling Awami League-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League swooped on the students. We were aghast by seeing the gun-toting BCL activists firing shots at the general students. But the communications minister blamed the violence on criminals that infiltrated into the ranks of the Chhatra League. We did not expect this sort of unreasonable comments from him.
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