Hasan urges BNP to stand beside people during disasters

Publish: 6:41 PM, May 3, 2019 | Update: 6:41:PM, May 3, 2019

DHAKA,  – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today urged BNP to stand beside people during natural disasters and not to do dirty politics with the disasters.

“BNP always do ill and dirty politics with disasters. The comments of the BNP secretary general reveal it,” he told reporters at Awami League President’s Dhanmondi Political Office here before a meeting of AL Publicity and Publication Sub-Committee.

Noting that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is monitoring the cyclone-situation in the country, Hasan said the government and administration have already taken all-out preparation to address the cyclone Fani.

He said Awami League constituted a team and AL Publicity and Publication Sub-Committee held a meeting to face the disaster situation, adding the party’s disaster and relief sub-committee has also taken preparation to deal with the cyclone.

Criticising BNP, the information minister said BNP issued statements over natural disasters, but the government took all-out preparation to face the cyclone.

The country’s people did not forget the role of BNP during the 1991 cyclone, which claimed the lives of over 2 lakh people, he said, adding that many aircrafts of Air Force and ships of Navy were destroyed that time due to lack of their proper decision.

That time, BNP leader Khaleda Zia made mockery over the 1991 cyclone, but Miza Fakhrul forget it, he said.

“Look at yourself in the minor. We have taken programmes to face Fani and you (BNP) also should stand by people,” Hasan said.

About Bangabandhu’s upcoming birth centenary celebration, he said AL leaders will hold dialogue with the country’s young generation in divisional cities on the occasion of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary.

Replying to a question, the information minister said, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, who is now in Singapore for treatment, will return home soon in consultations with doctors and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

AL Publicity and Publication Sub-Committee secretary Aminul Islam Amin, among others, was present.