Quader urges BNP to stand by countrymen amid pandemic

Published : 22 Apr 2021, 14:52


Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today urged BNP to stand by the country’s people amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by stopping its “lip service”.

He came up with the call while exchanging views with the officials of Khulna zone of the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) through videoconferencing from his official residence here.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the politics of people’s welfare is urgent now as BNP and fundamental forces affect the country’s politics, the values of the Liberation War, and the advancement of the country’s democracy. BNP and its allies have made every achievement of the country questionable, he said.

The AL general secretary said BNP continues ill-efforts to make the glorious days of the country and society controversial as the party is looking for a dark path to assume power without public support.

He said stigmatizing the golden achievements of the nation, BNP wants to restore the trend of Pakistan’s politics in the country, which is not possible at all and people will not allow the party to do so.

The people-oriented politics and the politics of development of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have put the so-called political parties in trouble and halted the ambitious path of their politics, Quader said.

About the ongoing coronavirus situation, he said many people become workless due to lockdown, urging the AL men and affluent people of the society to stand by the poor and destitute people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AL general secretary said as financial assistance, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will provide Taka 2,500 each to 35 lakh low-income families hit by COVID-19 pandemic. Besides, he said, one lakh farmers’ families affected by a natural disasters will get Taka 5,000 each.

Mentioning that about 10 kilometers on Jashore-Khulna Highway from Naopara to Jashore was badly damaged, he instructed the authorities concerned to complete the repair work of the damaged road as soon as possible.

“Khulna-Mongla road is very important as a thermal power plant and Mongla seaport are located there”, he said asking the authorities concerned to take steps soon to upgrade the road into four lanes.

Quader asked the engineers to strengthen monitoring work in the ongoing infrastructure projects and proceed necessary works for tender flouting in new projects so that works of these projects could start soon after monsoon.

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