Friday, 1 July, 2022
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AL has enough power to deal with BNP: Razzaque

Agriculture Minister and Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque said his party has enough power to deal with BNP politically.

"Different small political parties including the BNP are threatening of waging movements centering the upcoming general election in 2023 . . . AL itself is enough to deal with BNP politically," he said.

Dr Razzaque made the remarks while exchanging views with journalists after visiting Oushadhigram at Kholabaria in Sadar upazila of Natore this morning, said a press release.

The political parties threatened for several times but they were confined in threats, he said, adding, "They said that they will wage strong movements. We have faced those (threats)".

BNP wants to create instability in the name of movement and take the country backwards while AL wants to take the country forward by tackling BNP's movement, the minister said.

Noting that the present government is a legitimate and constitutional government, the AL leader said, "It is government's responsibility to ensure security of lives and property of all the people. So, BNP will not be allowed to carry out terrorist and anarchic activities in the name of movement".

Since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has carried out tremendous development activities in the country's all sectors, Razzaque said therefore, the country's people are the foundation of AL.

They will bring AL in the state power again due to the development activities carried out during AL regime, he said, adding but BNP will never get acceptance from the people.

Earlier, the minister visited a field of Ghritakumari or Aloe vera and exchanged views with the farmers. About 4500 farmers in Kholabaria cultivate various medicinal crops including aloe vera.

The farmers raised various issues including lake of fair prices and problems in marketing and demanded immediate steps of the government for the protection and flourishing of medicinal crops.

"We are working to make agriculture profitable and commercial. That's why along with conventional crops, farmers are being encouraged to cultivate non-conventional crops," Razzaque said, adding that there is a huge demand of aloe vera in the country and international markets.

All sorts of support will be given for spreading the cultivation of aloe vera all over the country and fair marketing, he said, adding that initiatives will be taken to provide loan in low interest and arrangement for exporting and processing.

Besides, a multiple-crop cold storage will be set up soon to store Natore's agricultural products, he said.

Lawmakers Shafiqul Islam Shimul, Md Shihedul Islam (Bakul), Ratna Ahmed, Hosne Ara and Shamima Yeasmin, Krishak League General Secretary Umme Kulsum Smriti, MP, Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) Director General Md Benojir Alam, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) Director General Dr Md Shahjahan Kabir, Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) Director General Dr Mirza Mofazzal Islam, Natore Deputy Commissioner Shamim Ahmed, Superintendent of Police Litan Kumar Saha, Sadar Upazila Chairman and district AL General Secretary Shariful Islam Ramjan accompanied the minister during the visit.