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14-party alliance extends support for ongoing drives against casinos

  • Published at 02:11 am September 27th, 2019
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File photo of Former Health Minister Mohammad Nasim Courtesy

Speaking at a press briefing at the Awami League's central office in Gulistan on Thursday, Nasim said: "We want to request Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to continue the crack down on casinos, and we will be with you [her] always."

Extending support to the ongoing drives against casinos and corruption, Mohammad Nasim, spokesperson for the 14-party alliance, said the alliance was with Sheikh Hasina and will be with her in the future to build a corruption free country.

Speaking at a press briefing at the Awami League's central office in Gulistan on Thursday, Nasim said: "We want to request Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to continue the crack down on casinos, and we will be with you [her] always." 

Nasim, an Awami League presidium member, asked leaders and activists of the alliance to be alert so evil forces cannot utilise the situation to serve their own interests.

He also blamed law enforcement agencies for their failures, questioning how casinos and illegal gambling in sports clubs could continue right under their very noses.

Nasim urged law enforcement agencies to ensure the punishment of corrupt officials involved in the casino gambling business.

The alliance has chalked out programmes to .

On a different note, concerning programmes to celebrate Bangabandhu's 100th birthday anniversary in 2020, the former minister for the Health and Family Welfare ministry, Nasim said: “Our 14-party alliance will arrange candle light processions on Manik Mia Avenue and will pay tribute to Bangabandhu’s mural at Dhanmondi 32 on March 18, 2020.”

The 14-party alliance also welcomed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s winning the prestigious 'Vaccine Hero' award in recognition of Bangladesh's outstanding success in vaccination to immunise children.

When asked about his involvement with a casino in Dhaka, Bangladesh Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon said: “I went to the club for only a day to inaugurate it by cutting the ribbon.”

“The post was an ornamental one and I had no responsibility there,” he said.

“Where law enforcement agencies did not know about the casinos,” he said, " how could I know that a casino was operating in a sports club?!"

Among others, Bangladesh Workers party chief Rashed Khan Menon, Sammobadi Dal general secretary Dilip Barua, and Awami League's deputy office secretary and Prime Minister's special assistant, Biplob Barua, were present at the briefing.