Dhaka, Nov 21: The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said that businesspeople were going through a very tough time due to the economic crisis, mainly caused by widespread plundering and siphoning off money abroad.
‘Every big businessman is now saying one thing that they’re facing a very bad time and their businesses and factories are shutting down. They are also now in a situation that they even don’t have money to pay the wages of their workers,’ he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader also said that the government had been blaming the Russia-Ukraine war for the economic crisis. ‘Maybe there are some reasons behind it. But Tk 86 lakh crores were laundered in the last 10 years, including Tk 78,000 crores in the last one year. Can the economy of a country exist where people belonging to the ruling party indulges in widespread plundering and money laundering?’
Uttar Banga Chhatra Forum and Bangladesh Chhatra Forum jointly arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman’s 58th birthday.
Fakhrul said that the businesses now needed incentives and facilities from the central bank at this time to overcome the situation.
‘But the banks are refusing to open new LCs due to dollar shortage while huge money from the reserves was plundered earlier. The common people, including the rickshaw pullers and hawkers now say this government is a thief,’ he said.
The BNP leader said that people had woken up to get rid of the current situation and oust the government.
‘A struggle has already begun as people have taken to the streets. I’m getting encouraged in this old age from our every rally to wage another Liberation War to defeat the current regime,’ he said.
Fakhrul alleged that police shot dead Bancharampur’s Sonarampur Union Parishad unit JCD leader Nayon Miah on Saturday without any provocation and reason. What kind of a country it is. You have to face trial in the people’s court.’
He said that their party’s seven leaders and activists, including Nayon Miah were killed in their ongoing movement for the restoration of democracy and people’s voting rights. ‘We lost our seven warriors and you (govt) must pay a heavy price for it.’
Fakhrul also asked the government to quit power safely before time runs out.
‘Otherwise, the turbulent mass wave that has already been created will sweep you away like a tsunami,’ he warned.
Accusing the government of implicating the BNP leaders and activists in false cases, he urged the judiciary to ensure justice.