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Govt of patronizing extremism and militancy in the country: BNP

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Dhaka-The BNP yesterday accused the Awami League led grand-alliance government of patronizing extremism and militancy in the country to cling to power by any means.“The government wants to stay in power by any means. So, they are patronizing extremism and militancy in the country,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
He expressed deep concern over the recent killings saying that the secret killings are being increased as the government failed to control it and unveil the mysteries behind the incidents.
The BNP leader alleged that the government has been creating this instability to cling to power.
The BNP organised the press conference to give its formal reaction to the proposed budget for the year 2016-17.
Terming the proposed budget as highly ambitious and traditional one, Fakhrul said it is not possible to implement what he said by an “unelected government.”
The budget is not for the development and welfare of the people. It will lead the people to bear burden of additional taxes, he said.
BNP’s official reaction on national budget came six days after it was placed in Parliament.
Abul Maal Abdul Muhith placed Tk 340,605 crore proposed budget for fiscal 2016-17 in Parliament on June 2.
Earlier on Thursday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi in his primary reaction however rejected outright the budget terming it an anti-people one.
Focusing on different inconsistency of the proposed budget, Fakhrul said a Parliament formed through a free, fair and participatory poll only can approve a peoples’ welfare-oriented budget.
“This Parliament does not belong that character. We do hope that a genuine Parliament comprising peoples’ representatives will be formed in the country. Holding a fair and impartial national election is needed for this,” he said.
“An illegal government cannot give a pro-people budget,” he added.
In the written statement on the party’s view of the budget, he said the VAT target is 35 percent bigger and people would have to suffer more if they have to pay more VAT.”
He called upon finance minister AMA Muhith to clear the issue of high VAT in his budget proposal in order to make a transparent budget for the next fiscal year.
Terming the target of Tk 3,40000 crore proposed budget as not feasible, he said there would be a rise of expenditure in the health sector it the proposed budget is implemented.
He protested and condoled the killing of a priest in Jhenaidah and said a total of 48 people were killed in the last 18 days but the government failed to control terrorism and militancy in the country.
“The opposition is blamed for the killings without carrying out any probe. The perpetrators are being encouraged by staying in a safe distance. Because of this the killings are increasing day by day,” he observed.
He said finance minister is highly ambitious in collecting revenue but there would be a deficit in achieving the target.
“Whatever the scenario of imposing tax is shown in the proposed budget, the people have to bear the burden of additional taxes. But the it was not made clear as to what things they would get in exchange of it,” he said.
The BNP secretary general suggested the government to identify higher income group people to collect huge amount of revenue. “It is unfortunate that no such creative effort is being taken,” he said.
Replying to a question, he said people a negative impact would fall on the budget since what he said the government was not elected by the people.
Fakhrul said those who are running the country have no accountability and there is a domestic opposition in Parliament. “So, the domestic opposition cannot oppose anything in Parliament,” he said.
Criticising the finance minister for his comments that BNP is not a political party, the BNP leader said he (Muhith) was not a politician and became a minister from a bureaucrat.
He said the BNP does not expect such remarks from him and hoped that he would withdraw his comments on the party.
Standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the government would fail to implement the budget as it failed to implement the budget of the current fiscal.
“In the ongoing political stalemate in the country, like as the government has no confidence on people, similarly the people will also have not confidence on the government. Thus, it is not poosibel for them to carryout any people welfare oriented work,” he added.
Fakhrul suspected that despite the government had given highest allocation n in education and technology there might be a trick in it.
He criticized the government to impose tax at source on garments industry and called upon for reconsider imposing additional tax on talking by mobile phones.
BNP standing committee members—Brig Gen (Retd) ASM Hannan Shah and Nazrul Islam Khan, Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf, Abdullah Al Noman, Selima Rahman and Abdul Awal Mintoo, among others, were present at the press conference.-STAFF REPORTER

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