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20 May, 2020 08:15:21 PM

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BNP could not tolerate protection of people’s livelihoods: Hasan

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BNP could not tolerate protection of people’s livelihoods: Hasan
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 Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said BNP could not tolerate that people are maintaining their livelihoods and devotees are offering prayers at mosques following the health guidelines amid coronavirus crisis.

“It is possible to maintain the livelihoods of working people and offer prayers at mosques following the health guidelines (amid COVID-19 crisis) but probably BNP leaders could not tolerate it,” he said.

Hasan, also the Awami League joint general secretary, was talking to reporters at his secretariat office here after joining an iftar distribution programme at Ranguna upazila in Chattogram through a video conference.

Coming down heavily on BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for his remark that the government did a mistake by easing lockdown in the country, he said small traders are now earning a little profit by running businesses maintaining social distancing amid the coronavirus crisis.

“People are offering prayers at mosques maintaining physical distancing – probably BNP could not tolerate these things,” Hasan added.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken various steps to protect the livelihoods of people apart from saving their lives.

The premier has introduced the largest relief programme in the country’s history while one third of the country’s people have been brought under the scheme, he said.

In addition to this, he said, Awami League distributed relief among about one crore poor and destitute people in the country.

The AL joint general secretary said millions of working people in the country depend on their daily earnings and considering this, the prime minister decided a few days ago to relax lockdown.

“At the same time, the government repeatedly urged people to maintain physical distancing and follow health guidelines,” he said. But, BNP leaders are deliberately criticising the government’s activities, he added.

Highlighting the global COVID-19 scenario, Hasan said about 100 people are dying of COVID-19 in India each day but the Indian government relaxed lockdown there to protect the livelihoods of people.

He said a large number of people are also dying in European countries everyday but lockdown has been eased in these countries considering the livelihoods of people.

“Lockdown is eased in our country too.

But shops and markets are being closed if people do not follow health guidelines there,” the information minister said, urging BNP not to criticise the government but to work for protecting people.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina provided assistance to the country’s Qwami madrasahs so that alem-ulamas do not face any problem in the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Following the footprints of the premier, Hasan said his family organisation – NNK Foundation – today distributed Eid gifts and iftar items among the imams and muajins of mosques in Ranguna upazila – a constituency where he was elected in the last general election.

Rangunia upazila AL general secretary Shamsul Alam, Ranguna municipality mayor Shahjahan Shikder, NNK Foundation director Khaled Mahmud, teacher Abdur Rauf of NNK Foundation, Rangunia upazila AL religious affairs secretary Jasim Uddin Talukder, its publicity secretary Emdarul Karim Rashed and Maulana Ayub Nur and imams and muajins of different mosques of the upazila took part in the video conference.

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