BNP out to destroy political atmosphere: Quader

Staff Correspondent

25 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is trying to mar the country’s congenial political atmosphere.

“We consider Bangladesh Nationalist Party a political rival, but it considers Awami League to be an enemy,” he said.

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

The AL spokesperson said BNP feels sad when Sheikh Hasina-led government is lauded all over the world.

Quader said Bangladesh now reaches the level of developing countries due to improvement in every index.

“The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina did not prepare these indexes, but different international research bodies have made them,” he said.

The minister said investment-friendly atmosphere now prevails throughout the country. He urged BNP to shun the path of confrontation. “If you (BNP men) bow out of such politics, investors will feel encouraged and confident,” he added.

Quader said the whole world is now in crisis, poverty continues to rise and the pace of development is halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In such an adverse situation, he said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has proved its ability by keeping the wheels of the economy running.

Earlier, Quader joined the board meeting of Bangladesh Bridge Authority via videoconferencing. He said the construction work of Padma Bridge continues despite many challenges with completion of 93.5 percent of main bridge work and 83.5 per cent of river training work.

Noting that the overall progress of the bridge project is 86 percent, he said the bridge is expected to be inaugurated by June 2022.

Talking about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel beneath the Karnaphuli River, Quader said 70 percent of its construction work is now over.