Govt’s GDP growth projection baseless, unrealistic: BNP

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Dhaka, April 12: Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics’ (BBS) projection that the country is going to achieve 7.05 per cent GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate for the first time as baseless and unrealistic, BNP said on Tuesday.

“BBS presented a provisional estimate on the national income and GDP growth in 2015-16 FY claiming the GDP will grow to 7.05 per cent for the first time. This claim is not substantiated. It’s unrealistic and unfounded,” BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters at a press briefing at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.

He also urged the people not to get confused with the government’s ‘amiable statistics’.

He further said, “It’s nothing but a statistical surprise of the government. As part of its evil plan to hang onto power, we think, the government is making people puzzled with false statistics. We ask people not to get confused with such amiable statistics as you know it very well how you are.”

The BNP leader said the country’s economic indicators suggest that it is not possible to reach the 7.05 per cent GDP growth in the fiscal ending in June next.

He said it is also not the right claim of the government that Bangladesh is heading towards achieving 7 per cent GDP growth for the first time as the BNP-led alliance government had hit it 7.06 per cent in 2005-2006 FY, according to a news agency.

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