Partners of the Awami League-led ruling alliance have given mixed reactions on proposed budget for the fiscal 2018-19.
Finance minister AMA Muhith Muhith on Thursday placed the national budget for 2018-19 with a total outlay of Tk 4,64,573 in parliament, the last one of the present government’s back-to-back five-year tenures.
Some of the alliance partners hailed the big budget, saying that it would be helpful for all segments of people, but others said that the proposed budget would only help the rich.
Workers Party of Bangladesh, a partner of the alliance, at a press statement on Friday said that the question of equality was ignored in the budget.
There was no indication of establishing equality and reducing gap between rich and the poor in the budget, it said.
The proposed budget would only favour the rich and the bank owners, the party claimed.
Bangladesh Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, another partner of the alliance, found nothing new in the proposed budget.
Sharif Nurul Ambia, president of the party, told New Age that it would help the rich to be richer and the poor become poorer.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-faction led by Hasanul Haq Inu, welcomed the budget saying that it would be helpful for common people.
A party press release demanded an exemption of tax on mobile handsets.
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