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Murad’s recent remarks embarrassed party, govt: Info minister

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Published: 16:57, 7 December 2021  
Murad’s recent remarks embarrassed party, govt: Info minister

Information Minister Hasan Mahmud speaking to journalists at the secretariat. UNB Photo


Both the government and Awami League felt embarrassed with the indecent remarks of State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murad Hassan who resigned on Tuesday, said Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud.

“We’ve noticed some changes in Murad over the past few days and his recent remarks embarrassed both the government and the party. That’s why the Prime Minister has asked him to quit,” he said while talking to reporters at the secretariat, reports UNB.

Gias Uddin, public relations officer of Murad, submitted his resignation letter to the Cabinet around 3 pm, he said.

Replying to a question, the minister said Murad is the Health Affairs secretary of Jamalpur district unit Awami League and they will decide whether Murad will remain there in his post or not.

Replying to another question, Hasan said, “Murad made his remarks without any consultation with the party and the Prime Minister.”

Earlier in the day, Murad Hassan resigned as State Minister for Information and Broadcasting following the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for his offensive and indecent remarks on women.

The under-fire junior minister submitted his resignation letter to the Prime Minister on Tuesday showing personal reasons for quitting his job.

Murad Hassan had been under increasing criticism by various quarters for his disrespectful remarks on women in an interview on social media. A number of audios and videos containing indecent remarks by Murad Hassan also went viral on social media during the last few days.

A two-year-old phone conversation of the junior minister with actor Mamnun Hasan Emon and actress Mahiya Mahi recently went viral on social media. In that audio clip, Murad made "derogatory comments" on the actress, threatened her and gave her an alleged indecent proposal.

On Monday, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked State Minister for Information Murad Hassan to resign from the cabinet by Tuesday for his recent derogatory remarks on social media.

Demanding his immediate resignation, women and rights bodies and political parties slammed Murad for the indecent remarks he made against women.