'India helped us most during the Liberation War of Bangladesh and that is why the Indian prime minister has been invited to join the program'
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said refraining from inviting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the birth centenary program of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would have been an act of ingratitude.
He termed the ongoing movement over citizenship law in India an internal issue.
"India helped us most during the Liberation War of Bangladesh and that is why the Indian prime minister has been invited to join the program. Refraining from inviting the Indian prime minister would have been an act of ingratitude," Quader said on Thursday.
The minister came up with the remarks while replying to a question from reporters at the secretariat over a call on social media for not inviting the Indian prime minister to attend the celebration program, reports UNB.
The year-long celebrations marking Bangabandhu's birth centenary will start on March 17.
"The Indian government helped Bangladesh's freedom fighters by providing training and arms. The blood of Indians got mixed with that of the people of Bangladesh. So, it would have been an act of ungratefulness had the Indian prime minister not been invited to join it," he said.
About BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's corruption case, he said the amount of money does not matter. The major concern is she has embezzled orphans' money, he added.
Asked about government's preparations about coronavirus, he said the virus is spreading to different countries and in this situation, this cannot be said that Bangladesh would not be affected.
"The government is very serious about the issue, and there is no lack of preparation on the part of the government."