Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said BNP leaders are leaving the party because of its negative politics.
“They [leaders] are now saying that BNP has turned into a nationalist Skype party,” he said while addressing a discussion in the capital.
Institution of Diploma Engineers (IDEB), Bangladesh, organised the event at its auditorium marking its 49th founding anniversary.
Speaking as chief guest, the minister said BNP leaders M Morshed Khan and Lt Gen (Retd) Mahbubur Rahman have already left the party due to its politics of vandalism.
As a result, the party’s strength is diminishing, the minister added.
He said BNP should learn to welcome constructive criticism. The party criticises each and every move the government initiates. It should also acknowledge the government’s good works and development activities.
Dr Mahmud, also Awami League publicity and publication secretary, said although the world lauds the progress made by Bangladesh, BNP turns a blind eye in this regard.
In his speech, he also highlighted the country’s economic growth.
About the education system, the minister said it is time to ensure quality of technical education. Instead of opening new universities, number of technical educational institutes should be increased, he added.
Hasan said for a lack of skilled manpower, foreigners are taking a huge amount of money from Bangladesh to their home countries every year. “That’s why it’s important to develop skilled manpower,” he added.
Deputy Minister for Education and AL Organising Secretary Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel and IDEB General Secretary Md Shamsur Rahman, among others, spoke at the meeting with IDEB President AKMA Hamid in the chair.
Earlier, Dr Mahmud and Nowfel jointly inaugurated a rally on IDEB premises.