Tarique Rahman cannot be compared to Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy, says Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
Muhith, now in the US, likened Tarique to a ‘bandit’ and said Joy maintained his dignity as grandson of the great Bangabandhu, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Tarique, Senior Vice Chairman of BNP, has been staying in the UK for the last few years.
Joy has not joined politics but has campaigned extensively for the Awami League.
Sajeeb Wazed is the son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Tarique Rahman is the son of opposition BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“I thought people would be ashamed of Tarique Rahman, But unfortunately some fake publications about his life and work have appeared,” Muhith said.
“There is no comparison between Joy and Tarique. Joy maintains his status as the grandson of Bangabandhu. He is clean, unlike sons of other prime ministers or ministers.”
“The children of powerful politicians are often high-handed and have been involved in wrongdoings. But Joy is different, he has stayed free of any controversy,” Muhith said.
Tarique Rahman was arrested on charges of corruption during the past caretaker government regime on March 7, 2007.
He went to London on Sept 11, 2008 for better treatment following a bail from the Supreme Court.
Accused in a slew of cases, Tarique has been staying there with his wife and children for the last five years.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy is an IT specialist working in the US. But he has strongly campaigned for the Awami League in the past few months, specially among the youth.
Muhith, who will turn 80 on Jan 1, 2014 says he wants to step down from contesting elections because of his advancing years.
“But how can I disobey Sheikh Hasina’s order? I have to contest from Sylhet if she wants. Everything will depend on the party’s nomination board. If they nominate me I would have to contest.”
The Finance Minister said the Grameen Bank staff were now working in a comfortable environment after the change of management.
The Grameen Bank was founded by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus.
“Earlier everything depended on Dr Muhammad Yunus, because he was the founder,” Muhith said.
He said the licence of Grameen Bank had been issued when he was the Finance Minister in HM Ershad’s Cabinet.
The Finance Minister alleged that Yunus cashed on his global fame and misled people regarding Grameen Bank.
“The news of split of Grameen Bank is false and baseless,” he said.
Muhith went to the US on Oct 9 to attend the annual summit of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). He was expected to return home on Monday.-bdnews24.com