Budget unlikely to be pro-people one : BNP

Publish: 4:23 PM, June 5, 2018 | Update: 4:23:PM, June 5, 2018

Dhaka: Terming the government anti-people one, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Tuesday said the national budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 is unlikely to be public welfare-oriented one.

“No one can expect a public-oriented budget from an anti-people government. There’s no reason that the current regime will place a pro-people budget when it has taken a position against them,” he said.

The BNP leader made the remarks while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.

Rizvi said their party will come up with a formal reaction to the budget after the Finance Minister places it before the parliament.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith is set to place a mega budget of around ‘Tk 468,200 crore’ in Parliament on Thursday for the fiscal year 2018-19 amid the fast approaching national election.

Rizvi criticised Muhith for his remark that the prices of the essentials did not unusually go up over the last 10 years, saying it is a weird remark.

He also alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s blatantly mocked with people with her remark that democracy stands on a solid ground in Bangladesh with a strong economy. “Bangladesh is moving backward, not ahead, under the rule of the current government.”

The BNP leader voiced concern that the eid holidaymakers will have to go through terrible sufferings during their journey to and from home due to poor condition of roads and highways.

“The roads and highways are in bad shape due to widespread plundering by the government. We condemn it,” he added.