PM involved in corruption, says Rizvi

Staff Correspondent

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday accused the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, of being personally involved in corruption claiming that her relatives and senior leaders of her party had also made similar allegations against her.
BNP’s joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the allegations in a press briefing held at the party’s central office in the city in protest at the prime minister’s remarks against opposition leader Khaleda Zia and her party.
He said, ‘She [Hasina] is using the state power in a bid to hide her own corruption and extortion. She is also spreading falsehood against Khaleda Zia in a bid to hide her misrule.’
But Rizvi did not say from where the prime minister had received kickbacks or who in her family and Awami League had made such allegations.
The prime minister in an address to grassroots leaders of awami League at Ganabhaban on Thursday alleged that Khaleda Zia was not appearing in court in connection with the orphanage money misappropriation case as she feared that the allegations against her would be proved.
Rizvi questioned the prime minister how could she know what would be the verdict in the case. ‘The prime minister’s remarks indicate that the verdict against the opposition leaders already exists in the computer at the Prime Minister’s Office,’ he alleged.
Rizvi said that the BNP had rejected a proposal for a 16-member election-time cabinet which the Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim disclosed at a discussion on Thursday. ‘Nasim’s formula will deepen the ongoing political impasse,’ he said.
In a public meeting on Wednesday, Sheikh Hasina had said, ‘Khaleda Zia is a murderer and liar. She [Khaleda] has killed many leaders and activists of Awami League when she was in power.’
In reply, Rizvi said that the people at home and abroad could realise the situation of democratic rights in Bangladesh when its prime minister made such remarks against the opposition leader.
He warned that the political field of the prime minister would not be safe and sound if she tried to suppress the movement of BNP and did not accept the demand for a caretaker government.
Rizvi said that the BNP strongly protested at the decision that the central bank would regulate the Grameen Bank. ‘The BNP believes that the government has taken this decision to tarnish the image of the world-reputed institution,’ he said.

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