Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina set an example of humanity by standing beside the vulnerable people amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
‘Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has set an example standing by the humanity in danger. After 1975, no head of the government or political leader set such an instance,’ he told a function through videoconferencing from his official residence in Dhaka.
The AL’s relief and social welfare sub-committee arranged the function at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue aiming at supplying oxygen cylinders to various hospitals across the country and distributing food aid to the helpless and poor people.
Hinting at BNP, Obaidul said that the party had no work without criticising the government and even it failed to set an example by standing beside people amid the coronavirus outbreak.
As per the directives of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, the AL leaders and workers stood by the helpless people across the country.
‘But a quarter is giving only lip service sitting in Dhaka…even they have been instigating violence during this coronavirus crisis,’ he said.
Stressing the need for carrying out countrywide awareness campaigns on Covid-19, the AL general secretary said that many people were moving from one place to another amid the restrictions, while 26 people lost their lives in waterway accident in the Padma River.
Terming it a sorrowful incident, he said that one could deceive the government but death could not be deceived at all.
Obaidul, also the road transport and bridges minister, asked the homebound people not to take risk in going home ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
‘What is the value of a festival if you lose your life in going home? If you survive, you will be able to do a lot of fun in the future. Everyone should remember that life is the first and then livelihood,’ he added.
AL presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury and Abdur Rahman, its organising secretary Afzal Hossain, relief and social welfare secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, health affairs secretary Rokeya Sultana, education affairs secretary Samsunnahar Champa, and Dhaka south city AL general secretary Md Humayun Kabir and its vice-president Nurul Amin Ruhul, MP, were present, among others.
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