BNP slams minister over dengue comment

Pub: Saturday, August 10, 2019 5:45 PM   |   Upd: Saturday, August 10, 2019 5:45 PM

Sheersha Khobor Dot Com

Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders on Friday came down heavily on the state minister for local government and cooperatives, Swapan Bhattacharjee, for his Thursday’s remark over dengue outbreak, and demanded immediate release of imprisoned party chairperson Khaleda Zia.

The leaders, addressing separate programmes in Dhaka, alleged that Khaleda was seriously ill and she was not getting proper treatment as the government was trying to kill her to destroy the nationalist force, democracy and sovereignty of the country.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s central office in capital’s Naya Paltan area, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, referring to local government state minister’s comment that ‘dengue outbreak is happening as the country is move towards development,’ said ‘what should I term it. I am in a fix whether I should call it “talk of the century” or “Shock of the century”.’

‘If the state minister’s remark is right, there would be thousands of deaths in dengue infection in developed cities like London, New York, Paris and Copenhagen. Actually the minister might have wanted to say that diseases like dengue outbreak the country when a huge amount of money in the name of development is misappropriated [by AL leaders and activists] through corruption.’

‘Mayors have looted the money meant for mosquito control. So financial

development happened

for ministers and mayors but no development took place in the country,’ he said.

Rizvi said that Khaleda was now seriously ill and held sugar level could not be checked even after increasing the level of injectable insulin.

He said that the country people were anxious about her health while the government was busy with hatching a plan to kill Khaleda to destroy the nationalist forces, democracy and sovereignty of the country.

Addressing a discussion on ‘Severity of dengue:  people’s fear and government’s responsibility’ organised by Aparejeya Bangladesh at National Press Club in Dhaka, BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said that the outbreak was so severe due to the government’s inaction.

He said that the people had no responsibility to the government who had no moral basis, public support and responsibility towards people.

Gayeshwar said that the government would not release Khaleda and urged the party leaders and activists to be ready for tough movement for releasing her.

Former opposition chief whip Zainul Abdin Farrooque, Liberal Democratic Party presidium member Ismail Hossain Bengal and Aparejeya Bangladesh vice-president Md Ibrahim, among others, spoke at the programme.


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