Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said politics cannot be a profession, rather it should be seen as a mission to serve the country and its people.
"Politics is a mission….to serve the people, to serve the country," he said.
The minister made these comments on Sunday while addressing a discussion marking the 2nd death anniversary of former General Secretary of Awami League Syed Ashraful Islam.
Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote (BSJ) organised the event at the National Press Club.
Remembering the work of Syed Ashraful Islam, the information minister said he had not tried to amass huge wealth utilising his political power. He also had no intention of establishing his successor in politics, which is a common trait amongst politicians.
Dr Hasan Mahmud said, "Many have served the party as general secretary and will continue to do so in future as well. But our party has had few gentlemen like Ashraf bhai. Generally, the person who holds the position of general secretary remains in the spotlight. But Syed Ashraf was adverse to publicity.
Addressing BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's remarks that they would topple the government this year, Dr Mahmud said, "They have been ousting the government for the last 12 years. BNP has been banished from the heart of the people. The movement to oust the government has been derided by the public at large."
Dr Hasan Mahmud urged BNP to return to positive politics, shunning negative politics in grasping state power through backdoor channels.
Terming the BNP's leaders as political crows, he said, "Ziaur Rahman formed his party through spreading the remnants of his power. Political crows - lured by the last vestiges of power had gathered in his party. Senior leaders in the BNP are all political crows."
Chitta Ranjan Das, Adviser to the Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, presided over the meeting.
Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim; Awami League leader lawyer Balaram Poddar; Krishak League leader MA Karim; music artist Rafiqul Islam and other leaders of the alliance also spoke on the occasion.