Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday urged all leaders and activists to get mentally ready as coronavirus situation may worsen in coming days.
“We've to face this challenge with courage,” he said while addressing a virtual press conference on contemporary affairs from his official residence.
He said AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always remains beside the people and she is being applauded around the world for her work in tackling the coronavirus.
Quader, also Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, said the ruling party has so far provided food assistance and cash Tk 8.62 crore to over nine million families across the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
He also recalled the homecoming day of the AL President Sheikh Hasina
AL President Hasina returned home on this day in 2009 from USA.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said BNP’s policy is to criticise the government.
He accused BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir of making false statements highlighting government’s failure in tackling coronavirus situation.
Quader made the remarks at a briefing at his resident.
Protesting against Mirza Fakhrul’s statement, Quader said all the BNP did was talk instead of helping the people.
BNP on Monday said the government has been taking ‘impudent’ decisions having failed to tackle the coronavirus situation.
“The government has completely failed to deal with the situation and raise hope among people. It's taking reckless decisions one after another that are only contributing to the spread of the virus," said Mirza Fakhrul.
Quader criticised the remarks and said the government is working to save lives from coronavirus as well as keeping the economy moving.
BNP on Tuesday opposed the decision of reopening shops and shopping malls, saying the government is pushing the country towards a serious danger with its failure to enforce social distancing rules.
“Reopening of shops and malls is necessary for small and big traders and who work with them and make clothes. Is it fair to do it in exchange for people’s lives? Shouldn’t we control it for one more month?” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, he further said, “The government has failed to tackle the situation, and its failure to ensure social distancing has pushed the country towards a dire consequence.”
Fakhrul said the government should have strictly enforced the shutdown for a few more days as the number of coronavirus cases continue to grow. “We must give importance to both lives and livelihoods.”
He slammed the government for what he said allowing the RMG owners to reopen their factories without ensuring proper safety measures to protect workers from infection of the virus. “The government is exposing its imprudence and callousness with its different steps.”
The BNP leader said though the government has announced a stimulus package for the RMG sector, many workers alleged that they still did not get their wages.
He also alleged that the government is not sending adequate relief materials to rural areas to ease the sufferings of people.
Mentioning that coronavirus is a global problem, Fakhrul said the government should review the strategies of the countries like Vietnam and Greece who are successfully containing the virus.
He alleged that the government is not playing a proactive role in tackling the coronavirus and its impact on public life. “The government’s presence is visible only on television channels, but they ‘re nowhere,”
The BNP leader urged the government to stand by people and take proper steps to save their lives and assuage their sufferings.
BNP on Monday alleged the government has been taking ‘impudent’ decisions having failed to tackle the coronavirus situation.
“The government has completely failed to deal with the situation and raise hope among people. They’re taking reckless decisions one after another that are only contributing to spread of the virus everywhere,” said party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He came up with the remarks while distributing relief materials among the destitute in the city’s Uttar Dakshin Khan area arranged by BNP’s Airport thana unit and its different associate bodies.
The BNP leader criticised the government for what he said allowing reopening the RMG factories without ensuring proper health security of the workers. “The RMG workers in Savar, Ashulia, Gazipur and Narayanganj are now getting infected with the virus due to the government’s failure to ensure adequate security for them.”
He said though their party has been repeatedly calling upon the government to take prudent decision in consultation with political parties and experts, it is not paying heed to it.
“We don’t want to criticse the government at this bad time, but we’re only depicting the flaws of the government. We think government should face the current disaster with collective efforts by uniting all,” Fakhrul said.
He alleged that though people are going through serious ordeals, the government cannot show them the right path to overcome the sufferings and hurdles.
The BNP leader also accused the government of having failed to properly distribute the relief materials among the destitute and ease their sufferings.
He said their party leaders and activists have been standing before the needy people as per their ability since the beginning of the coronavirus shutdown.
Fakhrul urged the rich to extend their helping hands towards the poor and low-income people as the country is passing through a critical time.
BNP on Friday alleged that the government is 'mocking with the hunger of people" at this time of dangerous coronavirus pandemic.
“Ministers and MPs are harvesting raw paddy to show that they’re with farmers. This not the way of serving people. The government is mocking with the hunger of the poor instead of tackling the famine-like situation caused by the pandemic,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the remarks while distributing relief materials among the destitute in the city’s Modhubagh area at the initiative of Future Bangladesh, a pro-BNP social organisation.
The BNP leader called upon the government to take effective steps to assuage the sufferings of the needy people and save them from starvation.
Though BNP has not been in power for a long time, he said their party leaders and activists have continued distributing relief materials among the poor as per their ability.
“We’re standing beside the poor only to ease their sufferings, not to brighten our image,” he observed.
Rizvi claimed that their party is working for the poor irrespective of their political identity. “But the government has formed relief committees at every ward comprising the ruling party leaders and activists. Only people belonging to Awami League are getting the relief as they politicised the relief activities.”
As a result, he alleged, thousands of people are crying out for the relief and passing hard days without food. “Many people who become jobless are going through a serious ordeal, but the government has no initiative to remove their sufferings.”