The government has not yet used its full force to clamp down on violence going on in the name of a blockade and occasional shutdowns, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said yesterday, dismissing accusations that the administration has failed to maintain stability.
"Violence is reported only in 10-12 out of the 64 districts," he said. "There may be some damage or losses if a tornado or storm strikes. But it is not permanent. We hope that the government together with people will overcome the existing crisis."
He was addressing a press conference in Dhaka Reporters Unity, organised by Bangladesh Sramik-Karmachari-Peshajibi-Muktijoddha Samannay Parishad, a newly floated platform of pro-government workers, employees, freedom fighters, and professionals.
Shajahan, its convener, said the Parishad would hold a "grand" rally at the capital's Suhrawardy Udyan today, in a bid to unite people against the prevailing anarchy. "We want to make the cross-section of people condemn the attackers and killers. We want people to raise their voice," he said.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal standing committee member Shirin Akhter and Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Vice Chairman Ismat Qadir Gama, among others, attended the press conference.