BNP-led 18-party combine does not want Padma Bridge: Suranjit

Awami League Advisory Council member and minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta, MP, today said in the real sense of the term, the BNP-led 18-party combine does not want the construction of the Padma Bridge.

"The opposition's face has gradually been fading with the increase in the possibilities of construction of the Padma Bridge. The whole nation wants construction of the bridge, only the BNP-Jamaat-led 18-party combine does not," he said while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion meeting in the city.

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote organised the discussion meeting at the Public Library auditorium in the capital marking the 87th birth anniversary of the country's first Prime Minister Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed.

Suranjit said the difference of opinion between Bangladesh and the World Bank centring construction of the Padma Bridge would be resolved through the 'diplomatic magic' of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"The World Bank is not an adversary to Bangladesh. You will
experience how Primer Minister Sheikh Hasina exposes her skill in
resolving the issue through her diplomatic magic," the minister
said pointing at his audience.

Adviser of Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote and eminent cultural
personality Syed Hasan Imam chaired the discussion meeting that
was also addressed by, among others, noted drama personality Dr
Inamul Huq, Dhaka City Awami League organising secretary Shahe
Alam Murad, Krishak League vice-president MA Karim, director of
Janata Bank Balaram Poddar and Jote leader Arun Sarker Rana.

Criticising the main opposition on its stand on the Padma
Bridge, Suranjit said, "There might be clash of opinions between
you and the government but there should not be difference of
opinion between you and the 16 crore people of the country (on
the Padma Bridge issue)".

Terming the BNP's decision not to participate in the Kapasia
by-election as Begum Khaleda Zia's treacherous decision, Suranjit
said by this decision, the political bankruptcy of BNP has been

Pointing at opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia, the senior
Awami League leader said, "Those who advised you to take such a
decision do not want either your or your party's welfare. Those
who insisted on you to take such a misleading and deceitful
decision want to push the country towards an anarchic situation".

Turning to the country's most popular litterateur and
playwright Humayun Ahmed, Suranjit said, "None could emerge as
the most-talked-about personality like him among the culture-
minded people throughout the entire world. None of us was
prepared for his untimely death".

Playing his glowing tributes to Tajuddin Ahmed, the senior
Awami League leader said, "He was an unparallel political talent.
He never gave priority to individual interest and party interest
above the country's interest. Bangabandhu was the Sun and
Tajuddin Ahmed was the Star (Drubatara- Mercury) in our
Liberation War".

Later, one-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect
to the celebrated litterateur and playwright Humayun Ahmed, who
breathed his last in a hospital in New York on Thursday.

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