Parliament on Monday witnessed an unscheduled debate on monthly income of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her inability to pay house rent as government ministers raised question about the expenditure of the former premier.
Taking floor on point of order, the ruling party leaders also focused wealth of former opposition leader and her lifestyle.
They informed Parliament that Khaleda gets Tk 300,000 as house rent from her 5-storey building at Gulshan and can withdraw Tk 250,000 from bank accounts every month.Minister for Housing and Public Works Engineer Mosharraf Hossain took the floor on point of order and drew the attention of the House to a news report that Khaleda cannot pay the rent of her Gulshan residence where she resides due to insufficiency of money.
He told the House that Khaleda had taken her Gulshan Avenue residence on 30-katha of land from HM Ershad in 1982 at a cost of Tk only 101, now the price of the land stood at over Tk 4500 crore.
The minister mentioned that the BNP chairperson officially gets Tk 300,000 as house rent and she run eight bank accounts and her sons have different business like Danday Dying and Coko-1, Coko-2 etc. Thus, why she will not be able to pay her house rent, he questioned.
Minister for Agriculture Matia Chowdhury also raised question as how much money Khaleda needs to maintain her family.
She challenged that the BNP chairperson is not able to pay her house rent or she does not want to.
The minister claimed that the price of a Khaleda’s sharee was Tk 500,000 and wages for sewing a blouse for her was Tk 25,000 and costly rings made of stone and were found while she was evicted from her Cantonment House.
She also alleged that the BNP chairperson could not clear her income tax file as she failed to show her sources of income.
Taking part on general discussion on thank-giving motion, Minister for Shipping Shajahan Khan alleged that Ziaur Rahman had tried to change the national flag and national anthem when he was in power.
Opposition chief whip Tajul Islam Chowdhury expressed his resentment as they were not given chairmanship in any of the parliamentary standing committees.
He emphasized the need for taking combined initiative to maintain democratic continuity and establish the rule of law.
Minister for Land Shamsur Rahman Sharif, Dhirendranath Shambhu, Abdul Majhid Khan, Happy Boral, Begum Akhter Jahan and Mahjabin Murshed, among others, also took part in the discussion. – Staff Reporter