Politics of Oikyo Front centred on sickness of Khaleda: Hasan

Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud today said that the politics of BNP-led Oikyo Front is reeling on the illness of their leader Begum Khaleda Zia.

The information minister said BNP and Oikyo Front leaders always bring to light the release of Tarek Rahman and illness of Khaleda Zia but they do not talk about the welfare of the common masses.

“The politics of BNP-led Oikyo Front is squarely centred on Begum Zia’s pain and swelling in knee and chest,” the minister said.

Hasan Mahmud urged the BNP leaders to come out of their self-centred politics and called for devoting themselves to politics considering the welfare of the country men.

The information minister was addressing a mass reception accorded to former minister and sub-sector commander of the Liberation War Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, who received recently the highest state honour Swadhinata Padak.

Referring to BNP’s demand for admitting Khaleda Zia into the United Hospital barring Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dr Hasan Mahmud said it is nothing but politics on Begum Zia’s illness and Tarek Zia’s graft cases.

He said the Awami League General Secretary was also admitted to BSMMU where world class medical facilities and treatment are ensured.

“The internationally reputed physicians particularly from India and Singapore applauded the treatment and medical care at BSMMU,” the information minister said, adding that two cabins were reserved for one month for the treatment of Begum Zia.

He said BNP did not take that opportunity with its ulterior motive to protect Begum Zia and her son Tarek Zia.

Dr. Hasan Mahmud, also publicity and publication secretary of Awami League (AL), said BNP is always out to criticize the government and urged the party not to criticize the present government unknowingly.

Listing a series of successes of development in Bangladesh, the information minister said the country has advanced a lot in all sectors. “Our GDP is higher than Pakistan; presently our per capita income is US dollar 1990 and it will be raised to US dollar 2000 very soon,” Dr Hasan said.

Presided over by acting president of Chattogram north district AL ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury, MP, the reception was organized by Chattogram city, north and south district units of AL.

Held at city’s engineers institution the reception was addressed, among others, by Chattogram city Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, Vice-Chancellor of Chattogram University Dr Iftakher Uddin Chowdhury, Vice-Chancellor of Chattogram University of Engineering and Technology Dr Rafiqul Alam, Mahfuzur Rahman Mita, MP, Washika Aysha Khan MP, Khazitul Anwar Sony, acting city AL president Mahtab Uddin, President of Chattogram south district Muslem Uddin Ahmed, its general secretary Mofizur Rahman, Chattogram Jilla Parisad Chairman MA Salam.

The recipient Engineer Mosharrf Hossain in his reaction said that the award by the state is an honour for the people of Chattogram. “The honorarium along with more Taka seven lakh from myself will be provided to ten Autism schools in Chattogram for the wellbeing of the autistic children,” Mosharraf said.

Speaking at the function, city Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin urged elderly politician Engineer Mosharraf Hossain to play a pivotal role for the unity of three chapters of Awami League.