Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said BNP’s call for mass movement is ridiculous as the leaders and workers of the party don’t respond to the call of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
“The call of mass movement doesn’t suit Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. . . the call for mass upsurge by Fakhrul with some Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal activists is ridiculous,” he told reporters.
Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary, said BNP has been giving same statements of mass movement for the last twelve and a half years. In fact, the leaders and activists of the party (BNP) don’t give response to their call, he added.
Criticising another comment of the BNP leader, he said democracy has been established under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and multi-party and multi-dimensional democracy exists in the country. Multi-party including BNP is represented in parliament, he added.
State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Murad Hasan and Secretary of the ministry Md Mokbul Hossain addressed the function as special guests with Bangladesh Press Council panel chairman Advocate Syed Rezaur Rahman in the chair.
Bangla Academy Director General poet Nurul Huda gave welcome address while Press Council members Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and Noeem Nizam, addressed it as guests of honour. Press Council member Syed Ishtiaq Reza presented a key-note paper in the seminar.
Late senior journalists Hasan Shahriar was given life-time award (posthumous) while the daily ‘Janakantha’ chief executive officer received institutional award on behalf of the editor Shamima A Khan and the daily ‘Purbokone’ of Chattogram editor Dr M Ramiz Uddin received regional institutional award.