Hasina Bangladesh’s biggest economist: Barakat

He apologises to Gopalganj people on ‘behalf of Khaleda’

Eminent economist Dr Abul Barakat on Thursday apologised to the residents of Gopalganj on ‘behalf of the opposition leader’ for her recent indiscreet remarks against their district.


“Calling the residents of Gopalganj with abhorrence as ‘Gopali’ shows her big (Khaleda’s) mental debacle, cultural and political bankruptcy,” he said.


Dr Abul Barakat was addressing a function organised by Gopalganj Zila Samity which accorded a reception to Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the afternoon.


Although his birthplace is not Gopalganj, but Kushtia, the Dhaka University Professor said the opposition leader should seek apology to the inhabitants of Gopalganj for her deregulatory remarks. “But, she wouldn’t do so,” Barakat added.


“Being a common citizen and as a civic society member, I seek apology from you on behalf of the opposition leader,” he told his audience at the BICC adding that Khaleda Zia holds Bangladeshi flag in her hand, but ‘Pak Sar Jamin Sad Bad’ remains in her heart and mind.


Barakat, also the chairman of Janata Bank Ltd, termed Sheikh Hasina the biggest economist of the country, as the country has witnessed massive economic development in the last five years.


On December 29 last year, opposition leader Khaleda Zia in a sudden outburst towards some police personnel who were on special security duty outside her Gulshan residence, saying “Where are you from, Gopali? Gopalganj? The name Gopalganj will be changed… Gopalganj won’t exist”.

Source: UNB Connect