Quader hits out at BNP over corona response

Staff Correspondent

19 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday accused Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of not carrying out any awareness campaign among people for ensuring heath guidelines to curb the spread of coronavirus.

“They (BNP) are blaming the government instead of carrying out any campaign to raise awareness among people about adhering to health guidelines,” he said.

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said this while addressing a press briefing virtually from his official residence on the Parliament premises in the capital.

He said when priority should be given to safeguarding the lives and livelihood of people, BNP leaders are engaged in evil politics. “Opposing everything has become BNP’s habit”. Taking a swipe at those who are criticising the government over its coronavirus response, the minister posed a question, “How has the number of infections dropped to 600 from 8,000 and the death toll to bellow 40 from 112 if there’s government’s mismanagement?”

Criticising the BNP leaders, he said everyone must play a responsible role so that health protocols are followed properly. “All will have to play a responsible role to ensure that heath guidelines are maintained as there’s no reason to think Covid-19 will vanish overnight.”

Mentioning that BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had earlier demanded imposition of a strict lockdown to control the coronavirus situation, the AL spokesperson said when the government went for ‘lockdown’ or general holidays considering the overall situation, BNP opposed it strategically.

He said BNP also spread misleading information about the Covid-19 vaccine to discourage people from receiving it but their evil attempts went in vain.

Quader said BNP is using different terms like ‘shutdown’ or ‘crackdown’ to undermine the government’s measures aimed at containing the surge in coronavirus infections.

He said the measures taken by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to tackle the coronavirus situation has been lauded by the United Nations, World Health Organization, World Economic Forum, world renowned weekly newspaper The Economist and US-based magazine Forbes. “But BNP is spreading continuous falsehood and propaganda against the government without appreciating its achievements.”