August 8, 2022, 12:41 am

Staff Correspondent

2022-08-01 17:56:23 BdST

PM slams BNP for ‘hurricane lamp’ movement

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday criticised BNP leaders for ‘hurricane lamp’ movement against the government's initiative to save power and energy to protect Bangladesh from any future danger due to skyrocketing prices of energy globally for the Russia-Ukraine war.

"BNP leaders are carrying out a movement with hurricane (lamp). They will have to be given hurricane to be carried in their hands --- give hurricane in their hands," she said in a slanted expression in Bangla to ridicule someone involving a traditional kerosene-lit lamp widely used until the last century.

The prime minister was addressing a blood donation programme as the chief guest marking the first day of the month of mourning, joining virtually from Ganabhaban in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Krishak League (BKL) organised the function on the premises of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 in the capital. 

The prime minister said her government has reached power to every house across the country and is now taking precautionary measures to save power and energy. 

"We're taking measures for saving power and energy to protect Bangladesh from any danger in future as even the developed countries like USA and UK and neighbouring India are facing difficulties and focus on saving energy due to the global situation for Russia-Ukraine war," she added.

Referring to the BNP government's wholesale looting from the power sector, she said her government is taking measures to save energy for the future not for launching looting like the BNP government.

The premier said the power generation would have been reduced if her government was involved in looting and it is usual, adding, "But the Awami League has maximised the power generation capacity to 24,000MW.

The power generation reduced to 3,000 MW from 4,300 MW during the tenure of the BNP government as they were engaged in massive corruption, she said.

Her government would work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the countrymen, she added.

Awami League Presidium Members, Begum Matia Chowdhury and Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Joint General Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Agriculture and Cooperatives Affairs Secretary Faridunnahar Laily, Organising Secretary Advocate Afzal Hossain, and Office Secretary Biplab Barua, spoke on the occasion.

BKL President Samir Chanda presided over the function while General Secretary Umme Kulsum Smriti moderated it.

At the outset of the programme, a one-minute silence was observed to show due respect to the martyrs of August 15, 1975, carnage including Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his wife, three sons and two daughters-in-law.

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