Dhaka, Dec 02: Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said a quarter wants to take political advantage using the students as a shield.
“Our children are doing the movement demanding safe road. I would like to extend thanks to them. Safe road is needed for us and the government has also taken different steps regarding this issue including implementation of half fare.
The private bus owners association has also implemented the half fare policy for students,” he said.
The minister stated these while addressing a scholarship-handover function organised by Dhaka Sub-editors Council (DSEC) at an auditorium of Jatiya Press Club here.
Urging the students to go back to their own classes discarding movement on streets, he said, “I hope that our children will go back to their classes as their education was hampered due to COVID-19 situation. And, it is the time for going back to classes.”
Lawmaker Engineer Md Mozaffar Hossain, editor of daily Jugantar Saiful Alam, Awami League leader Advocate Boloram Poddar, Samprotik Deshkal editor Ilias Hossain Polash and KSB Group chairman Dr Mohammad A Hossain Dipu, among others, addressed the function as special guests with DSEC president Mamun Farazi in the chair.
Hasan, also AL joint general secretary, said politics have started with innocent students and many want to take political advantage making them (students) as shields. And the incident of Rampura is one of the parts of the ill efforts, he added.
Some groups in the country are like parasites as they want to gain political turnover depending on other people, the minister said, adding, “The parasites are now active. I would like to urge the guardians to remain alert in this issue. We should make sure that the children go back to their classes as early as possible,” he added.
About a comment of BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir over sending Begum Zia abroad, Hasan said they (BNP) have been trying to thwart the government during the last twelve and a half years. But, they themselves tore the rope and consequently fell off, he added.
He said there is no benefit to doing this. The government is determined to take all steps in providing treatment to Begum Zia inside the country whatever BNP or her family want it or not, he added.
The minister said the BNP chief fell sick previously as she received good treatment of country’s doctor. “I hope that this time Begum Zia will go back to her home after getting well,” he added.
Hasan extended thanks to the DSEC for giving scholarships to the meritorious students.
Saiful said Bangladesh is the nation of heroes. Recognition of merit is essential to move the society as well as the state, he added.