Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday alleged that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has continued its efforts to ruin the country’s atmosphere.
He said while virtually addressing a press conference from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.
“When students and teachers are getting ready to overcome the learning loss due to coronavirus pandemic, they (BNP) are carrying out dirty political activities to destabilize the campus,” he said.
He said BNP is a real ‘monstrous force’ in the country, as they have joined forces with ‘communal monsters’.
“Awami League ensured economic emancipation for people and BNP plunged the country into chain of dependency,” he said.
Talking about the clash between police and BNP activists at Chandrima Udyan, Quader said police wanted to cooperate with BNP, but BNP wanted to fish in troubled waters violating rules and regulation.
About the remains of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, Quader said, “BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir never answers any question about Zia's remains. When asked, he (Fakhrul) gave inconsistent answers. “Fakhrul claimed that General Hussain Muhammad Ershad carried the coffin of Zia, but Ershad never said that Zia’s body was inside the coffin.
At a separate virtual discussion marking Janmashtami at Dhakeshwari Temple, Quader said the government has always been vocal about evil forces, but some misdeeds in the name of religion by some people have always been a cause for concern.
He said people of different religions have long been celebrating religious events peacefully. But, he said, evil forces sometimes make evil efforts to ruin it.
“I want to assure you that as long as Sheikh Hasina is in power, she is with you. You have nothing to fear. Those who try to destroy this harmony won’t be successful,” Quader said.
Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad organised the discussion which was attended, among others, by Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami, Udjapon Parishad President Milon Kanti Dutta and AL Cultural Affairs Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil.