Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is trying to destroy people’s mental strength by spreading falsehoods over Covid-19 situation.
“Instead of encouraging people during the crisis period of coronavirus pandemic, the BNP is making attempts to damage people’s mental strength by creating confusion among them,” 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.
Coming down heavily on the BNP for its ill politics, Quader asked the BNP to come out of the circle of grief and criticism and stand by people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The coronavirus would not favour any particular party or thought,” he said.
Responding to an allegation of BNP, Quader said from the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina repeatedly called for the cooperation of all irrespective of their party affiliation.
“As per the recommendations of the expert committee, the premier is implementing various decisions to deal with the coronavirus crisis,” he said.
He called upon all political parties of the country, including BNP, and others concerned to play a responsible role in protecting the lives of people amid the ongoing crisis.Mentioning that the BNP continues its lip service by keeping itself in isolation since the beginning of the pandemic, the AL general secretary said the Sheikh Hasina’s government and the Awami League have been staying by the country’s people since the very beginning of the situation.
Quader said the BNP once demands enforcement of strict lockdown and it again says that people are suffering from the lockdown.
“Now again they are saying that curfew is not the solution to this. I want to know from the BNP leaders, is the government saying that curfew is the solution?” he questioned.
He added, “If people do not survive, who we will do politics for? But the BNP leaders are trying to criticise the government and smell corruption during this crisis.”
The AL general secretary said the government is working for the welfare of people and it is taking harsher actions against those involved in irregularities and corruption.
“The politics is now to save the country’s people,” he added.