BNP confined to issuing statements: Quader

Staff Correspondent

7 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said BNP’s activities are confined to issuing statements during the coronavirus crisis.

“BNP has turned into a party of such leaders whose activities are now confined to reading statements only,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, made the allegation while addressing an online press briefing at his official residence in the capital on Monday. 

The minister said that BNP is misleading people by providing imaginary information during the pandemic.

“They (BNP) are involved in so-called traditional politics of complaints instead of playing responsible role during the crisis period,” he said.

Mentioning that the death rate is comparatively low than any other country across the world, Quader said although the government never want any death, BNP only sees death rate due to their negative attitude.

Mentioning that speaking against corruption does not suit BNP, Quader said BNP had become world champion for five consecutive times during their regime.

“They (BNP) were rejected repeatedly by the people in the elections for plundering public money and politics of looting. Even people thinks that BNP and corruption are equivalent,” he said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s anti-corruption stance and her personal integrity are appreciated at home and abroad, he said adding that no matter who is corrupt, the government will remain firm in its zero tolerance policy.

He also called upon the BNP to extend cooperation in the fight against coronavirus by avoiding the politics of division and hostility. The minister said that the government is increasing the number of safety equipment, ventilation system and doctors which has been possible due to coordinated efforts and efficiency of the government.

“But BNP’s activities are limited to statements only,” he said.

Referring to the by-elections in Bogura-1 and Jashore-6, Quader said the matter is completely under the jurisdiction of the Election Commission.

“The government has no hand in it. Elections are being held in many countries in the world amid coronavirus crisis due to the constitutional obligations,” he said.