BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said the current government has no moral right to present the national budget as it is not elected with people’s votes.
Speaking at pre-budget discussion, he also alleged that the government is destroying the country’s economy in a planned way.
“The government has no moral right to formulate and present the national budget. With which right they (govt) will take tax from people since they are not elected.They also have no accountability,” the BNP leader said.
Fakhrul said the country’s people must get united to establish a pro-people and accountable government through a fair election.
MBA Association of Bangladesh (MAB) arranged the discussion on 2017-18 fiscal year national budget at a city hotel. Former energy adviser to the BNP-Jamaat government Mahmudur Rahman presented the keynote paper at the programme.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith is expected to place the national budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year on June 1.
Fakhrul voiced concern that the government is ruining the national economy through plundering and corruption. “Our export growth and remittance flow are decreasing gradually. We don’t know how the country’s economy can be brought on the right track.”
The BNP leader said the government has destroyed the country’s banking system through widespread plundering and giving bank licences to unprofessional ruling party men.
Speaking at the programme, BNP standing committee member and ex-commerce minister Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said the foundation of the country’s economy is being destroyed due to wrong policies and massive corruption. “Around 60 percent money of mega projects is being plundered.”
He also turned down the government’s projection that the country’s GDP growth will reach 7.24 percent in the outgoing fiscal year, saying when the country’s all economic indicators are showing down trend it is not possible to increase the GDP growth.
The BNP leader said the government is providing manufactured statistics about the country’s GDP growth to fool people.