BNP hatching plots to oust govt: Quader

Staff Correspondent

25 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is carrying out politics of conspiracy. 

“BNP and their allies held secret meetings with foreign agencies to plan a plot to oust the government. They hatch conspiracy abroad alongside joining polls in the country,” he said.

Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said this while addressing a review meeting on progress of cross-border road network development project through videoconferencing from his official residence on the parliament premises in the capital.

Mentioning that BNP speaks about democracy and polls but resorts to duplicity and conspiracy, the minister termed BNP’s such behavior as ‘double standard’ and politics of conspiracy.

Quader said the government gets all information wherever BNP holds secret meetings either in Jeddah or in Abu Dhabi.

“We want to say that there will be no benefit of hatching conspiracy through holding secret meetings. If you (BNP) want to go to power, try to win the hearts of the people instead of seeking help of foreign forces or agencies,” he added.

Turning to coronavirus situation, Quader said remaining aware is the best policy to stay safe. Many people are seen showing negligence to maintaining health guidelines, but it can lead everyone to further risk, he added.

The minister said it is yet to be sure when an effective and universally accepted vaccine of coronavirus will come, meanwhile the experts are predicting that the coronavirus situation may further worsen in the upcoming winter.

Quader said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is taking preparations afresh for facing the second wave of Covid-19.

He urged everyone to maintain health guidelines properly and wear facemask mandatorily to remain safe.

About the construction of ‘Kalna Bridge’ over Madhumati River between Kashiani upazila under Gopalganj district and Lohagara upazila under Narail district, the minister said around 35 percent work of the bridge construction has already been completed.

He said the six-lane 690-meter bridge is very important as it will connect the highway towards Padma bridge while the people of the southwestern region, including Jashore, Narail, Magura, Jhenidah, Chuadanga, Meherpur, Satkhira and part of Khulna districts, will benefit directly.

Quader urged the officials concerned to speed up the construction of the Kalna Bridge keeping pace with the construction of Padma Bridge.