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Friday, June 5, 2015, Jaishtha 22, 1422 BS, Shaban 17, 1436 Hijr

BNP leaders term new budget 'people-unfriendly'
Staff Correspondent
Published : Friday, 5 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 30
Terming the proposed budget ?people-unfriendly?, BNP said on Thursday there is no good news for the countrymen.
"There is nothing good for people in the new budget," said Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, BNP Chairperson's adviser.
Chowdhury, also a former commerce minister, lamented that the proposed budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year left no inspiration for private and foreign investors.
"The projected 7 per cent growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the upcoming fiscal year will not be possible due to corruption in administration and lack of rule of law, " the BNP leader said.
Pointing his finger at the size of the proposed budget size, he said a lion's share of allocations has been earmarked for non-development sectors.
At a discussion at the National Press Club,  BNP's Standing Committee member Brig Gen (rtd) Hannan Shah said the illegal government had proposed a big budget as it thinks the county is its own property.      
Another BNP Standing Committee member, Lt Gen (rtd) Mahbubur Rahman said, "The government plans to fill up budget deficit by borrowing from foreign donors, bank and other sources, which is unrealistic."
He also came down heavily on the scope for whitening black money. "This is not fair. It`s one kind of cheating with people," he remarked.
On borrowing from banks and other sources, Advocate Ahmed Azam Khan, another advisor to the BNP chief, "People will have bear the brunt of such unrealistic move by paying more taxes."
Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon, BNP's spokesperson, told the Daily Observer, "BNP will place its formal reaction after analysing the proposed budget soon."  

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