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BNP’s demo on power crisis a joke of the year: Quader

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said that the demonstration by Bangladesh Nationalist Party against power crisis is the greatest joke of the year.

“BNP leaders are not observing the recent trend of world economy, adverse impacts of Russia-Ukraine war and post-coronavirus economic recovery. They are only looking into the so-called failure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government, and dreaming of assuming power,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said this while addressing a press conference at his secretariat office in the capital.

The AL spokesperson said that the BNP is hiding itself in the sand of global crisis and continues making its poisonous statement against the government.

“BNP has no novelty in its politics and there is no thought for the welfare of the people. Their politics is now running following the ostrich policy,” he said.

Noting that the prices of fuel, gas, edible oil and fertilisers are still volatile on the international market, Quader said the government continues to make its efforts to maintain the supply chain of those by providing subsidy for the people’s welfare.

He said the BNP announced the demonstration and it was allowed to do so as it is the democratic right of the party.

But, the AL general secretary, warned if any attempt is made to create anarchy to disrupt peace in the name of protest, the government will handle it with an iron hand considering the public interest.

Referring to the BNP leaders’ statement about electoral democracy, Quader said, “I want to know from BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir - what type of electoral democracy is it that one is not going to parliament after being elected?”

He said the BNP’s politics hidden behind the mask of democracy is a hideous combination of racial fascism and looting system.

Earlier, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Gwyn Lewis paid a courtesy call on the Road Transport and Bridges Minister at the Secretariat.

Becky Adda-Dontoh, Peace and Development Advisor at United Nations Bangladesh, was present on the occasion.