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Business Community call for end to political violence

business-leadersLeaders of top trade bodies yesterday urged the prime minister to resolve the ongoing political deadlock for the sake of the country’s economy and nation’s interest. They also demanded foolproof security and congenial atmosphere to maintain sustainable economic growth and continuous growth of the RMG industry.

A 20-member delegation met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Ganabhaban residence in the evening and gave her a memorandum of seven demands that include an end to the recent undesirable incidents in the RMG industry. Hasina assured them of providing all-out supports to keep the factory wheels running. The delegation also went to the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office around 9:30pm but failed to meet her. Sabih Uddin Ahmed, an adviser to the BNP chief, received a memorandum from the business leaders.

Earlier at an emergency meeting jointly organised by BGMEA, BKMEA and BTMEA, the business leaders urged the two leading parties to shun the path of destruction and violence. They also demanded stern action against a vested quarter engaged in destroying the RMG sector. “If the country is destroyed, what is the benefit of doing politics???? said Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, president of the FBCCI. BGMEA President Atiqul Islam blamed a vested quarter which is trying to take advantage of the ongoing political situation. “Production remains almost stopped…shipment is hampered due to political violence. So how can we pay the workers’ wages????

Former BGMEA president Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin urged the parties to exempt vehicles exporting or importing from political programmes. BTMA President Jahangir Alam said the Standard Group arson incident was a huge blow for the RMG industry. “The recurrence of such incidents means death for the industry,??? he said. Mosharraf Hussain, managing director of Standard Group, demanded the highest punishment for the culprits.

Md Asaduzzan Mia, DIG of the highway police, described the Standard Group incident as an act of sabotage. “We are ready to help with the smooth shipment of products in such a situation,??? he said. Tomorrow the BGMEA, along with other business bodies, will form a human chain in front of the National Press Club, in protest at the factory fire and to demand an end to violent politics.


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