Information and Broadcasting Minister and Awami League joint general secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud today said BNP leaders including Khandaker Mosharraf are making ‘tall talks’ to console their activists.
"In fact, BNP's exaggeration is none but 'empty vessel sound much'. They couldn't stage any movement and wouldn't do so in future," he said.
The minister made the remarks while replying to a query after placing a wreath at the grave of Awami League (AL) former general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam in the city's Banani on his fourth death anniversary, according to BSS.
AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Syed Ashraf's younger sister and lawmaker Syeda Zakia Bari Lipi and family members along with leaders and activists of AL, Jubo League and different organisations were present.
Replying to another query over the demands of the BNP, Hasan said their demands are traditional and they have been raising those for the last 14 years.
"In fact, the activists of BNP are not with their leaders," he added.
He said the world community is praising the role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she forwards the country amid the global crisis.
The countrymen are also with AL and the government as well, said Hasan.
Earlier, paying rich tribute to Syed Ashraful Islam, the minister said he was a Freedom Fighter and worthy son of one of the national leaders and acting President in absence of Bangabandhu during the Great Liberation War, Syed Nazrul Islam.
He said Syed Ashraf was the AL's general secretary two times.
"His (Syed Ashraf's) death was unexpected," he said, adding that he was very gentlemanly and not greedy.
Hasan said he (Syed Ashraf) took politics as a vow and the new generation has a lot to learn from him.
The minister, as well, prayed for eternal peace for his departed soul.
Syed Ashraf, also the then Public Administration Minister, died at the age of 68 while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bangkok on January 3 in 2019.