Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque on Monday said Bangladesh moved towards development due its good position in democracy, and election and multiparty system.
He said this while speaking in Parliament on the thanksgiving motion on the President’s speech.
The minister cited the latest Democracy Index 2019 of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, where it was mentioned that Bangladesh advanced eight notches.
Criticising Gonoforum chief Dr Kamal Hossain for his remarks that the government would be kicked out of power if necessary, he said it is not the language of politics. “He joined his hands with those who killed people and burned them alive,” he said.
The minister also said Dr Kamal will have to go to country’s people to oust the government from power. “He’ll have to follow the path of democracy to remove the government.”
He also claimed that they do not have soil under their feet and they have become isolated from the mass people.
Razzaque briefly described various activities of the government for the overall development of the country. “Sheikh Hasina with her intellectual and pragmatic skills has ensured that Bangladesh is not dependent on foreign aid but development has been done in every sector. This is a wonder for the whole world.”
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her election manifesto had pledged to implement the charter of change. “Now, the country has changed in real sense. But it didn’t happen automatically. The reason behind this change is the skilled, courageous and honest leadership of Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
He claimed that the government has been able to eliminate militancy and terrorism from the country.
The minister said the government has declared zero tolerance against drugs, expressing the hope that it will be possible to control the drugs if not uprooted completely.
Jatiya Party (JP) MP Anwar Hossain Manju praised the government for maintaining the economic stability in the country.
He said the infrastructure of democracy has been established. “Now, it’s necessary to develop the democratic culture and it’s a time-consuming matter.”