Published:  02:06 AM, 09 May 2021 Last Update: 02:07 AM, 09 May 2021

Ruling party pressurizes to close 'Manobotar Bazar'

BSD holds press conference

Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) has held a press conference accusing the ruling party of pressuring to close their relief activities including 'Manobatar Bazar' in Barisal city.The allegation was made at a press conference at Fakir Bari's party office on Saturday. Alleging the ruling party, District BSD member secretary Dr Manisha Chakraborty said, "We have contested the Barishal City Corporation elections politically. So, they are harassing us in various ways and you know well who is doing it."

In the press conference Manisha Chakrabarty read out a written statement on behalf of BSD and answered the questions of journalists.Manisha Chakraborty said since April 12 last year, the 'Manobotar Bazaar' or the market of humanity , is serving the poor by providing free oxygen bank, free corona ambulance service, free treatment for  corona patients, humanitarian agricultural support, humanitarian school services etc.

She said, "This free model has already gained a reputation. But we are very sorry to say that the Barishal Amrita Lal Dey College authorities permitted us to use their premise for doing food aid since May 6. But two days later the college authorities suddenly asked us not to use their college premises for relief work. They also not disclosed the cause of changing their previous discussion without disclosing any name."

She further said, "I then contacted to other educational institutions in Barishal city to run the market. Though some of them agreed at first, but later they changed their decisions due to political pressure from the ruling party." "Competition in politics means competition for doing good works. But the political and influential quarters have turned this to rivalry and a conspiracy to stop good works," she added.

"Nothing can stop us doing work for the unprivileged people of the city. We will continue the relief work in alternative ways," she said. Contacted, Subhash Chandra Pal, principal of Amrita Lal Dey College, said, "The governing body of the college had given the permission on our behalf, but it has not been withdrawn later. He also refused to give a specific reason for changing their previous decision." Contacted, Barishal district  Awami League secretary Talukdar  Md Yunus denied to make any comment over the matter.

---Masuk Kamal in Barishal

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