Staff Correspondent
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said that the last general election held under a political government on December 30 is praised by the world community. “It was largely peaceful and less violent,” he said.
Hasan Mahmud, also the publicity and publication secretary of ruling Awami League, said these while speaking a discussion at the National Press Club in the capital on Saturday.
Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote organised the discussion marking the Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Actress and former MP Sarah Begum Kabari chaired the discussion, while AL deputy publicity and publication secretary Aminul Islam Amin, AL city north unit general secretary Shahe Alam Murad, AL leaders Kamal Chowdhury and Akther Hossain, actor ATM Shamsuzzaman, actresses Nutun, Aruna Biswas, Rokeya Prachi, Tarin and Badhan, singer SD Rubel and general secretary of Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote Arun Sarker Rana attended it, among others.
Observing that Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain’s demand for holding a dialogue for fresh polls is a ridiculous one, Hasan Mahmud said the jurist is now talking about ‘so-called dialogue’ to hide their election debacle.
“The countrymen are not foolish. How they can forget the BNP- Jamaat’s mayhem like burning people alive through arson attacks…how does BNP win in polls by killing people and vandalising public property?” he questioned.
He said that BNP and their allies are now demanding ‘so-called dialogue’ for a fresh election, which is really ridiculous one.
“How can a party win in an election after doing nomination trade? They gave nominations to 800 aspirants in 300 constituencies through nomination trade. The country’s people have given them a befitting reply,” said the minister.
“I urge them (to analyse the reasons behind their defeat in the last parliamentary election and change the party’s leadership,”
he said.
About the return of Bangabandhu from Pakistan after the country’s independent, he said that the nation could not celebrate its victory completely until Bangabandhu returned home.
“The nation was eagerly waiting for his return,” he said. After the return, the great leader devoted himself to serve common people. But, Bangabandhu was killed brutally along with most of his family members within a short
time, he said.
“Now, the country is moving forward to fulfill Bangabandhu’s dream ‘Sonar Bangla’ under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The government of Sheikh Hasina has done a huge development in every sector,” he said.
He alleged that a vested
quarter does not see the development of the government rather it is now busy to destroy the country’s democracy.
Bangladesh is finally recognised as a developing country –economically and socially – graduating from the list of the least developing countries (LDCs). “Now, we are on the way of a developed nation,” he said.