Vol. 4 Num 94 Fri. August 29, 2003  

Shun negative politics: Noman

Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday urged the opposition parties to shun their negative politics and said destructive programmes like hartal and damaging properties would not eliminate violence and criminal activities from the society.

"Hartal or damaging properties can not eliminate killing, kidnapping and violence from the society. Rather such politics practiced by the opposition is crippling the country's economy and blocking the road to progress," he said while addressing a rally at Firingee Bazar area of the city.

The rally was organised in connection with distribution of rice among the poor and distressed families. President of the Firingee Bazar ward BNP M A Halim presided over the rally. BNP's local and city unit leaders including Abu Sufian, Advocate Nazim Uddin, Yasin Chowdhury Liton, Akhter Khan and Dilder Hossain Monu addressed it.

Abdullah Al Noman, also the Joint Secretary General of BNP, condemned the recent brutal killing of Khulna Awami League leader Advocate Manjurul Imam and called for waging a united resistance based on a general consensus irrespective of party and opinion against the politics of killing, terrorism, extortion and kidnapping in the country.

He urged all democratic political parties to reach a consensus for carrying out reform in their respective party to eliminate all bad elements and trouble makers to uphold democracy and the national interests.

The food minister said the government led by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia had given utmost priority to the poverty alleviation with allocation of Tk 450 crore in the current year's national budget.

"We must expand agro-based industry and gear up various training programmes to create new jobs to free the country from the clutch of poverty," he said and urged all to play their due role in making Bangladesh a happy and violence-free abode for all.

Later, the Minister distributed rice among the poor and distressed families in the area.