Bangladesh Nationalist Party members of parliament on Wednesday rejected the national budget passed in parliament on the previous day terming it anti-people.
The MPs made the allegation during a demonstration in front of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban’s main gate.
They protested against the budget and said that the budget cheated the common people of the country.
The BNP lawmakers tore the copies of the budget alleging that the budget cheated the people during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
BNP MP Golam Mohammad Siraj alleged that the budget was passed on Tuesday, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, after general discussion on it for only one day so that the main opposition BNP MPs fail to speak on the budget in the House.
Another BNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid said that he was allowed to speak in the JS for a short time and the speaker stopped him from speaking at one stage.
He said that they proposed that the budget session should be held virtually but their proposal was turned down.
‘Those who are grand alliance partner are the opposition in the parliament. As a result, the people’s crisis is not discussed in the Jatiya Sangsad,’ he said.
Alleging that they were not given adequate time to speak in the JS, he said that they demanded resignation of the health minister and reform of the health sector but the prime minister did not make any comment on the issues.
The MP demanded a detailed plan of the government to tackle coronavirus crisis.
BNP MP Rumin Farhana said that they believed that the government wanted to end the budget session hurriedly to avoid criticism on the controversial budget placed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Rumin alleged that the country’s economy was on the brink of collapse before the COVID-19 outbreak and that the outcome of the collapsed economy coupled with COVID-19 crisis would be more dreadful.
‘At this situation, the budged was supposed to be prepared with outstanding creativity and cordiality. Nothing of those happened,’ she said.
She said that think tanks and economists tried to show the government the way of formulating the budget at this new situation but the government did not pay attention to them.
She said that BNP on June 9 proposed how the budget should be but the government did not accept their suggestion.
Almost all sectors, she said, had commented that the budget was not capable for meeting crisis of lives and livelihoods during the coronavirus crisis.
‘As a result, it can certainly be said that people will have to suffer in the coming days. The whole budget is full of self-contradiction and inconsistency,’ she alleged.
BNP MPs Mosharrof Hossain and Aminul Islam were also present.
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