Dhaka = The BNP on Monday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the recent Tk 800 crore heist of Bangladesh Bank’s funds deposited with US Federal Reserve Bank in New York.
“In addition to the prime minister, we are also demanding resignation of Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman,” said BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Addressing a press briefing at party headquarter at Naya Paltan office in the city in the morning, he claimed that Bangladesh Bank’s money was stolen thanks to the government’s inaction over embezzlement of bank funds in the recent past.
“The central bank reserve money was swindled as the government did not take any action against embezzlements in the cases of BASIC Bank, Bismillah Group and others state-owned banks,” he said.
The BNP leader also demanded the exemplary punishment to the perpetrators to recover the stolen money soon.
Tk 800 crore of Bangladesh Bank money was illegally transferred in the Philippines using the SWIFT messaging system.
Rizvi Ahmed also demanded allocation of a part of the Suhrawardy Udyan for accommodating the party councilors and delegate during the March 19 national council.
He said they have already applied before the authorities to allocate a portion of Suhrawardy Udyan adjacent to council venue, the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh so that councilors and delegates could take part in the council comfortably.
The BNP leader said that they have received information that some cheating groups are resorting to extortion in the name of council and urged the people to inform about them over telephone at 01711190004 and 01764746661.
Fazlul Haque Milon, among others, was present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, addressing a discussion meeting BNP vice chairman Maj (Retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed said high profile people in the government are involved in the heist of Bangladesh Bank money.
He said such a trend has been created in the country that people would not get chance anymore to change the government through exercising their voting rights.
“About 200 Awami League candidates have already elected Union Parishad chairman unopposed. Similarly they have been elected lawmakers unopposed. But the election Commission failed to play any role in this regard,” he said while addressing a meeting a Jatiya Press Club.
Organised by Bangladesh Youth Forum, the meeting also addressed, among others, by Shamsuzzaman Dudu and Abu Naser Mohammad Rahmatullah. – Staff Reporter