Hasina calls Khaleda mad in parliament

MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday blasted apparently her arch-rival BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for her remarks over the Padma Bridge.

“It’s true that a bridge is made attaching different parts. But what she meant by patchwork is not understandable to me… I’ll say it’s better not to concentrate much on the remarks of such a mad person. Any person with a sound brain can’t utter such words,” the prime minister told parliament.

Sheikh Hasina was answering a supplementary question from Awami League MP Fazilatunnasa Bappy.

Last week at an event of the student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the BNP chief compared the construction of the ‘dream bridge’ with ‘patchwork’. She had advised everyone not to use it as it would be ‘fragile’ if the Awami League government completed it.

Referring to Khaleda Zia’s call to her party men not to use the Padma Bridge, the prime minister said people will see whether the BNP men use it when the construction is completed.

The construction of Bangladesh’s largest infrastructure started in December 2015 at an estimated cost of around Tk 300 billion.

Bangladesh is building the six-kilometre bridge over the Padma River after leaving the World Bank out of the project following complexities over corruption allegations. The Padma Bridge will help increase the country’s GDP by 1 per cent, she claimed.


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