BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has taken the road trip in her Sylhet visit to create chaos ahead of the delivery of a verdict in a graft case against her.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader came up with the allegation on Monday hours after Khaleda started for Sylhet to visit the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal and Hazrat Shah Paran.
The road transport and bridges minister was talking with the journalists after a programme at the Bridges Division office in Dhaka.
“The BNP chairperson has taken a busy road, not airway, because she wants to create chaos," Quader said.
The minister said there was no need for her to take the road trip because the objective of her tour was to visit shrines.
According to bdnews24, police detained 10 BNP leaders and activists on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Narayanganj and chased away those who gathered on the highway also in Narsinghdi to greet their chief.
Talking about steps of law enforcers, he said, "Police will definitely obstruct her if she occupies the road to show off (her support).”
“If you occupy the highway, there will be traffic tailback stretching several kilometres and Dhaka-Sylhet is a very busy highway in all aspects – the numbers of passengers and goods carried on it,” Quader said.
The Awami League leader said the BNP chief had ‘some other vested interests" for this tour.
“Offering prayers in the shrines is not the objective of her tour, she wants to show that she has the people with her. She wants to create political pressure on the court,” he said.
“Pushing the people towards sufferings cannot be the language of politics…We see her as a responsible leader and the people expect her to act responsibly. Showing off support by occupying road cannot be a responsible act,” he added.