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Budget pro-rich : Amir Khasru

04 June,2015

RTNN News Desk: BNP chairperson’s adviser Amir Khasru Mahmud
Chowdhury termed the proposed national budget for FY 2015-16 pro-rich
one, saying there is no cheering for common people in the budget.

In his immediate reaction to the proposed budget at a city hotel,
Mahmud said, “There’s no good news for common people in the announced
budget. The prices of all the essentials will go up following the
budget. In fact, this budget is not pro-people one as it has been
framed for the convenient of the rich.”

Though the BNP leader made his personal observation about the budget,
his party did not give any reaction to it yet.

Contacted, BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon said they will formally
come up with the reaction to the budget after thoroughly reviewing it.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith unveiled a Tk 2,95,100 crore proposed
national budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year targeting to achieve a
GDP growth rate of 7 percent on Thursday afternoon.

Amir Khasru, also a former commerce minister, said the new budget is
illegal as it has been placed by an unelected government. “Only an
elected government has the right to place the national budget in
parliament.”

Talking to reporters at Hotel Sarina in Banani, the BNP leader
claimed though the last BNP-government had achieved the GDP growth 7
percent, Awami League-led government has been hovering around 6
percent for the last seven years.
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He opined the new budget will fail to attract foreign investment
while it ignored private sector investment.

It will not be possible for the government to achieve GDP 7 percent
in the next fiscal as the country lacks the rule of law, human and
basic rights of people, Mahmud observed.

“This unelected government can get success from such a mega size
budget as there is no democracy, the rule of law in the country. The
countrymen won’t be benefited from the national budget until a
pro-people government comes to power,” he said.

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