Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said the mentality of those, who question about the country’s independence even after 52 years, is still confined in the shackles of subjugation.
“BNP never believes in the country’s independence. In fact, the mentality of those, who raise questions about the country’s independence even after 52 years, is still confined in the chains of subjugation,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said whenever they (BNP) was in power, they did not do anything for the development of the country and its people.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina continues her struggle for the economic emancipation of the people aiming to make meaningful the country’s independence achieved under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest Bengalee of all time.
Once Bangladesh was a hunger-poverty and famine-stricken country but it has graduated to a developing country from a least developed one under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the AL general secretary said.
Apart from achieving sufficiency in food, he said, Bangladesh has ensured food and nutritional security for its people.
As a result of the unprecedented success in the socioeconomic arena, Bangladesh today elevates to a prestigious position at the global stage, he added.
Quader said because of the food sufficiency achieved under the skilled leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, none remains hungry now in the country.
“But what was the state of the country during the BNP regime? Did Mirza Fakhrul forget it? During their tenure, how people in monga-prone North Bengal died suffering from the shortage of food!” he said.
Claiming that Bangladesh has been freed from the curse of hunger as a result of Bangabandhu’s multifaceted actions, Quader said Mirza Fakhrul and other BNP leaders have been involved in spreading propaganda and hatching conspiracy against the government to conceal the horrible history of their time.
He said the global economy is going through a deep crisis now due to the Ukraine-Russia war and that is why inflation goes up at an alarming rate across the world.
The people of Bangladesh have been suffering from the pressure of inflation too and the government has taken all possible steps, including various people-friendly and food-friendly programmes, to ease their sufferings, the minister said.
When the government is trying hard to deal with this crisis situation, he said, some identified quarters are hatching conspiracy against the government in an organised way by capitalising the crisis.
Echoing the voice of a newspaper, Mirza Fakhrul has given unabashed support to the heinous act of child exploitation, which is, in the politics of Bangladesh, a manifestation of hatred and anger towards the Awami League, Quader said.
Stating that the Awami League always stayed beside the people in all crises and disasters in the past, he said the government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has taken all necessary measures to ensure food security of the country’s people in any circumstances.