Corruption turns ‘epidemic’: BNP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:17, Sep 19,2019


Bangladesh Nationalist party senior leaders on Wednesday alleged that corruption turned epidemic as Bangladesh lacked ‘elected government’ and its accountability to the people.

Addressing separate programmes in the capital demanding release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, they said that the government was still silent about the National Register of Citizens published in the Indian state of Assam that excluded 19 lakh people due Bangladesh’s to submissive foreign policy.

They said that no Bangladeshi lived in Assam and that the financial condition of Assam was not better than Bangladesh.

Addressing a human chain formed by Association of Engineers, Bangladesh in front of National Press Club in Dhaka, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said the present government had broken all the previous records of corruption.

‘It has now got exposed how Chhatra League and Juba League repressed people and indulged in extortion and tender manipulation over the last 10 years. The situation has turned so worse that the government was forced to remove Chhatra League president and general secretary,’ he said.

‘Corruption spread everywhere and it turned “epidemic” as there’s no elected government in the country,’ he alleged.

Moudud expressed his concern over remarks of Indian ruling party leaders that the people left out of the NRC would be pushed into Bangladesh.

‘None of our citizen is there in Assam. Those who excluded from the NRC are the residents of Assam and India. There’s no reason for Bangladeshis to go to Assam as our economy is better than theirs. A plot is being hatched to send some people to Bangladesh on false excuses. We strongly condemn and protest it,’ he said.

Addressing a meeting organised by Jatiyatabadi Nabin Dal at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, BNP standing committee member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain alleged that the country’s situation was ‘deteriorating fast’ as the government lost control over state apparatuses and indulged themselves in corruption. He said the situation of the country was deteriorating as it lacks democracy.

He alleged that Khaleda was in jail for the government’s political vengeance and demanded her immediate release.

Presided over by Nabin Dal convener Humayun Kabir, the meeting was also addressed by BNP chairperson’s adviser Zainul Abdin Farroque and joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, among others.  

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