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9 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Budget an empty big balloon: BNP

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The BNP has described the proposed budget as an empty big blue balloon, formulated keeping the next general election in mind. “It is a big beautiful blue balloon, which is totally empty. The budget will not help ensure people’s welfare, as it was made only considering the next general election,” said BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed while speaking at a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday (Friday).

Saying that the government was "unelected, corrupt and incompetent", the BNP leader observed that it would not be able to implement such a big budget.

The budget will widen inequality and make the poor poorer. There is no directive in the budget to change the fate of three crore unemployed people and the ultra poor, he said.

Speaking at a press conference at the party's central office yesterday (Friday), BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi termed the proposed budget anti-people. He said the government has given a "budget of deception" to fill pockets of party leaders and activists ahead of the next general election.

“People have become frustrated as there is nothing to fulfil their aspirations. The BNP rejects the budget,” he added.

The BNP leaders’ reaction came a day after the finance minister AMA Muhith placed the national budget for FY2018-19 in Jatiya Sangsad.

Rizvi feared that the middle class will be put in trouble as prices of all essentials would go up if this budget is passed.

He alleged that the government had placed a huge deficit and loan-dependent budget of Tk. 4.65 lakh crore in Parliament.

The BNP leader said a 7.8 per cent GDP growth has been

estimated in the proposed budget, whereas experts, including the World Bank, have forecast that the growth would remain below 7 per cent. It will be impossible to achieve a 7.8 per cent GDP in the prevailing situation, he added.

He accused the government of placing a gigantic budget for “plundering for the last time” ahead of the next polls.

“There will be a huge deficit in income and expenditure of the budget because import costs have increased and export costs have declined,” he said.

Rizvi alleged that the government frequently spoke about “Digital Bangladesh”, but tax has been proposed on using the Internet, YouTube, Facebook and Google.

He said the government was deceiving people by increasing the size of the budget, while all paths were kept open for indulging in corruption in the proposed budget.

BNP vice-chairman Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Abdus Salam Azad, Shahin Shawkat, among others, were present at the press conference.

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