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Let’s unite to beat corona: Quader

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday called upon all, irrespective of party affiliation, to unite and cooperate with the government to overcome the Covid-19 crisis and save lives and livelihood.

“Let’s unite, irrespective of party affiliation, to deal with the invisible enemy and cooperate with the government to protect lives and livelihood of the country’s people,” he said. 

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

Mentioning that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government remains beside the countrymen, the minister said they don’t want to do politics of blame game.

“Awami League does not have the mentality of making reciprocal speeches. Now the politics is to protect the people as well as to stand by the helpless and distress,” he said.

“Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is still ctriticising the government. We don’t want to make any comment on them, but they are forcing me to make comment,” he said.

Talking about BNP’s five-point proposal, Quader said most of the five-point proposal made by BNP over ongoing coronavirus crisis has already been implemented while some of the points are under implementation.

“When Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government is working tirelessly to safeguard lives and livings of the people taking experts’ recommendations, BNP is ending its responsibility by placing a five-point proposal staying home without standing by the people,” he said.

He said, “Later BNP will start saying one day that if the government accepted the five-point proposal, the situation could have further improved.”

The AL spokesperson said BNP’s proposals have nothing new to overcome the crisis as those are repetition of same things.

He said though BNP gave suggestions to the government, they didn’t utter a single word about what is their own responsibility as a responsible political party.

Keeping safe distance in any disaster or crisis and talking to media are BNP’s old habit and there is no difference in BNP’s habit in this pandemic situation too, he said.