BNP overestimates itself seeing only a few hundred people: Hasan

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Dhaka, Jan 04: Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said BNP leaders, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam, are overestimating themselves seeing only a few hundred people in their rallies in different districts whereas these public meetings even could not draw a few thousand audience.

“In fact, Mirza Fakhrul and other BNP leaders are habituated to see only a few hundred people in front of their party office in city’s Naya Paltan. Now, we are witnessing that they (BNP) are foiling their own rallies by fighting among themselves in different districts. And the BNP leaders are overestimating themselves seeing a few hundred people in different rallies,” he said.

The people of Bangladesh are with the Awami League, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the government and they (BNP) can realise it in the elections, he added.

The minister said these, replying to a query of reporters, after addressing a meeting with the leaders of Television and Digital Programme Producers Association of Bangladesh (TELEPAB) at his Secretariat office here.

Additional secretary of the ministry Khadiza Begum, TELEPAB president Iresh Zaker, general secretary Saju Montaser, vice presidents Sazzad Hossain Dudul, Jahir Ahmed, Ansarul Alam Linkon, office secretary AKM Nahidul Islam Niazi, sports secretary Mohammad Ashraful Alam Bablu, archive secretary Mir Fakhruddin Chotan, social welfare secretary Ainul Islam Chowfhury Chancal, members M Rezaul Karim Sajal, Sadeq Siddique, Jakir Khan, Barrister Olowra Afrin and Rasheda Akther Lajuk, among others, took part in the meeting.

Replying to another query, Hasan said, in fact, BNP has realised that there is no possibility of Taimur Alam Khandakar’s winning in Naraynganj city corporation elections. Now, they (BNP) are trying to get rid of the shame of defeat by pulling out him (Taimur Alam) from different posts of the party (BNP), he added.

About the founding anniversary of Chhatra League, the minister said the organization was formed on 4th January in 1948. The role of Chhatra League in the movement of attaining independence, in freedom movements and in the Liberation War will be written in golden letters in the history, he said.

The minister said Chhatra League played a role in building the country after the independence at the call of Bangabandhu. “My expectation of the Chhatra League is that they would keep their role to reach the country to the destination dreamt by Bangabandhu. They should remain alert so that any intruder cannot enter into the organization and defame it,” said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.

Replying to another query over comments of BNP leaders on the President’s dialogue issue, he said there was no obligation of the dialogue. The President is holding the dialogue with different political parties to make the process of forming the Election Commission transparent, he added.

The minister said BNP can give their statements to the President. “But they are not doing that. They (BNP) are proving, through creating confusion among the people, that they have no belief in democratic norms,” he added.

About the Mass Media Employees Act, Hasan said BNP made the mass media employees as labour. It has been solved in this act, he added.

In the programme, the minister said television has a vast impact on the masses.

He urged the producers to make dramas, telefilms and other programmes which would keep their role in building the state.