BNP embarks on politics of complaints over COVID-19: Quader

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Dhaka, April 26: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said BNP has started the old practice of its politics of complaints over the country’s coronavirus situation.“We are observing that BNP has started the old practice of its politics of complaints over coronavirus situation,” he said in a video message issued from his official residence here.

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said at the beginning of the crisis, BNP was in hibernation, and suddenly it woke up and discovered that the government was following the ‘go along’ policy in tackling the COVID-19 crisis.

Condemning BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for his remarks on coronavirus, the AL general secretary said Fakhful lied while criticising the government.

“And now he is saying that the government is concealing information. But you has not said what information the government concealed,” he said, adding that the government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been working to tackle the ongoing coronavirus crisis, maintaining its transparency and accountability.

Noting that coronavirus pandemic is a global crisis and there is no reason to hide information, Quader said the government along with the people is gaining its capacity in tackling coronavirus crisis, which hurts the BNP general secretary.

Doctors, nurses and health workers have been working from the frontline to fight the invisible virus, he said, adding Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina continues her fight against coronavirus involving people from all walks of life.

“The prime minister always finds a potential in every crisis. Her strength is honesty and courage. Since the beginning of the crisis, she sought cooperation from all irrespective of their political views and thoughts in addressing the (coronavirus) crisis,” Quader said.

Calling upon all the political parties to play a positive role in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, he said: “Do not spread rumours and shun negative politics.”

Issuing a warning to hoarders and profit-mongers, the road transport and bridges minister said a section of greedy traders are involved in an intrigue to destabilise the market during the holy Ramadan and the government will take stern actions against them.