Awami League joint general secretary and information and broadcasting minister Hasan Mahmud has accused the BNP of playing politics over party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s illness. He said, ‘BNP’s aim is not to improve Begum Zia’s health, BNP wants Begum Zia to always be ill. Then they can always say he has to be sent abroad. They are politicizing Begum Zia’s health, which is unwelcome.
The minister said this while talking to reporters on Sunday. Earlier, he was the chief guest at a roundtable meeting organized by the Association of Television Channel Owners-Atco on the occasion of World Television Day at an elite hotel in Banani.
Regarding the BNP’s mass hunger strike demanding that Khaleda Zia be taken abroad for treatment, Hasan Mahmud said, “Yesterday, mass hunger strikes were held in various places including in front of their office in Naya Paltan to take Begum Zia abroad. According to the news from the shops in front of the Naya Paltan office, there was a good sale in the food shops during the mass hunger strike. There are many political leaders who are considered by people to be abandoned in politics. Those who have become unimportant in politics, they have gone there and many have tried to increase their importance. The Information Minister said, ‘My question is that thousands, millions of people are being treated in Bangladesh and are getting good treatment. There are several world class hospitals in Bangladesh. Why should Begum Zia be sent abroad for her knee pain or stomach problems? The question is whether they are trying to send Begum Zia abroad or whether Begum Zia is trying to escape.
The joint general secretary of the Awami League said, “Even when Begum Zia was ill, the BNP insisted that Begum Zia should be sent abroad every day, but she returned home after receiving good treatment from the doctors of the country. Of course, I wish Begum Zia to be healthy and return home as soon as possible, but politics is unwelcome about her health. ‘
Earlier in the day, the Information and Broadcasting Minister thanked Atco for hosting the meeting on World Television Day. He said, Today, there are 34 television broadcasts, one more preparation, 45 licenses. Apart from journalists and artisans, there are millions of people involved in the television industry. Many more create and sell content and ads. There are televisions in about 50 million homes. The very busy man also watches television for a while, I watch too. There is no time-opportunity to see everything, let’s see the news. ‘
Television describes a part of people’s daily lives. Hasan said, ‘Many people do not have a television in their house but they can be seen sitting in a tea shop watching dramas and movies on television. I strongly believe that television has an effect on people’s lives. The whole television industry will play a role in shaping life. Television will work for the betterment of life, society, country and the state, this is my expectation on World Television Day.
(Dhaka Times / 21 November / JB)
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