Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu on Friday said that the main Opposition BNP is trying to save the war criminals who committed crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. “The BNP is now striving to protect the war criminals. They are calling hartals and killing people and vandalising public property to serve this purpose. But they will never be successful,” he said. Inu made the remarks at the farmers’ conference, organised by the National Public Commission for Determining the Price of Agricultural Products, along with Karmajibi Nari (KN), the Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) and Oxfam at the Engineers’ Institution in the city.
The event was chaired by Shirin Akhter.
The information minister alleged that the Opposition BNP is all set to save its ally, Jamaat-e-Islami. The Opposition chief is planning to usurp power by burning Bangladesh, he added.
Describing the difference between the Awami League (AL) and BNP governments, he said: “The BNP government killed farmers when they wanted fertilisers. But the present government has done some positive things for them. It’s trying to render more benefits to the farmers.”
Inu also emphasised the need for infrastructure development, such as communication and preservation of agricultural products, to help farmers get their due price. He said the government must arrange loans for the farmers, so that they can construct local-level common warehouses in their villages to preserve agricultural products.
Advocate Shah Jikrul Ahmed, MP, Dr Qazi Kholikuzzaman Ahmad, chairman of the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation, Abdul Latif Mondal, chairman of the Madla Union Parishad in Shajahanpur, Bogra, Dr Pratima Paul Majumdar, president of the KN, spoke on the occasion.
Jikrul Ahem said the government ought to allocate more funds in the next budget, especially for women
farmers. Dr Kholikuzzaman said the government should form an agricultural price commission to help farmers with loans for constructing warehouses for preserving crops.
Source: The Independent