Awami League Joint General Secretary and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said, “The aim of BNP is not election, it is a mischievous attempt to create a mess in the country and do something through the back door. BNP was born through the back door and that is why they always look for the back door.”
Responding to BNP's comments on the election, he said this while exchanging views with journalists at the Awami League campaign cell in Dhanmondi on Tuesday. The minister further said, “BNP also wanted to sabotage the elections in 2014, burning 500 polling stations and could not even burn people including election officials. They also boycotted in 2016 and later took part. I have been hearing their harassment for 12 and a half years, empty pitchers is more useless.”
Replying to a question on the initiative of 11 journalist leaders from Bangladesh Bank's financial intelligence branch to check their bank accounts, the Information Minister said, “I have seen it in newspapers. The government can see it, but I will find out why.”
If you want to know about the cancellation of 10 long-unpublished daily newspapers, the Minister said. Hassan said about four hundred magazines are extremely irregular, who have not submitted their papers to the Film and Publication Department for almost two years. These are ghostly magazines that print a few copies on the day they receive advertisements and many print a few copies and give them only to the Ministry of Information and some important departments. The question is what the need of ghost newspapers is and it is the journalists who demand to stop these.
Earlier, in a webinar on 'Chittagong Armory Looting 1930 and Youth Motivation' organized by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka in memory of the fearless Pran Masterda Suryasen and Pritilata Waddedar, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting spoke as the chief guest. Hasan Mahmud. Expressing deep respect to Surya Sen, Pritilata and their fellow revolutionaries, the minister said their patriotism has inspired him to work for the country and the people since childhood.
Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami presided over and the director of the Indira Gandhi Cultural Center. Asaduzzaman Nur MP, fiction writer Selina Hossain, Chittagong University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Neepa Chowdhury. Shirin Akhtar, filmmaker Pradeep Ghosh and co-founder of the Youth Opportunity Osama bin Noor spoke during the webinar.
Later, the minister attended a meeting with Pabna district Awami League leaders at the Awami League president's political office. Awami League presidium member Abdur Rahman presided over the meeting while party's organizing secretary SM Kamal, Pabna district Awami League president Rezaur Rahim Lal and general secretary Golam Farooq Prince MP addressed the meeting.