Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday reiterated the government’s strong stance of not sparing anyone for corruption.
Mentioning Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy against graft, he said, “The government’s stance is hard against wrongdoers, even ministers, lawmakers, businessmen and bureaucrats, if they are found involved in graft.”Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while addressing a virtual press briefing from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.
Stern action would be taken against those who have siphoned off money and amassed illegal wealth, the minister said. The AL spokesperson said that Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is functioning independently.
“Many party lawmakers have also been convicted, no one is spared and many party members are in jail on corruption charges,” he said.
Quader warned that none will be given the party nomination if anyone found involved in graft and wrongdoing.
Criticising Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Quader said anti-graft statement doesn’t suit those who had become five times champion in corruption and the founder of Hawa Bhaban.
Mentioning that BNP has given provocative statement against journalists, Quader said Sheikh Hasina-led government is pro-media, but the BNP is pretending as a friend of media.“They are trying to destabilize the country by provoking different professionals,” he said. The minister said move has been taken to extend legal assistance to journalists for their protection and safety.
Sheikh Hasina-led government will not do anything against the interests of the media, he said.
But BNP had set a record of killing and torturing journalists during its regime and the BNP also brought charges of treason against journalists during their rule, he added.