Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday urged all political parties to discard negative politics in the interest of nation building.
The minister was addressing an event, marking Independence Day, in the capital.
“Let's work together to build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War,” he said at Department of Films and Publications (DFP) discussion, chaired by its Director General Mohammad Ishtaque Hossain.
“We want constructive criticism... blind and one-sided criticism is undesirable,” said the minister.
“Today, on Independence Day, we should promise to build a developed, affluent and non-communal Bangladesh. We've to build 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” said Hasan, also publicity and publication secretary of the ruling Awami League.
The minister said Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world.
The country's development would get momentum if BNP, Jatiya Oikyafront and other political parties joined these uplift activities by keeping away their negative politics, said Dr Mahmud.
He, however, criticised BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for his comments, saying the party's politics were now visibly stuck on the issue of releasing BNP chief Khaleda Zia, who was convicted by a court.
“They rather should have promised today to materialise the dream of freedom fighters... I hope they [BNP] will return to positive politics,” Hasan added.
He also paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members who were assassinated on August 15, 1975.
Additional Secretary to the Information Ministry Azharul Haque, Press Information Department Principal Information Officer Md Jakir Hossain and DFP Director SM Golam Kibria, among others, addressed the discussion.
Earlier, a documentary by DFP on the Liberation War was screened.