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RNPP pillow scammer was JCD leader: Hasina tells JS

Published : Tuesday, 18 June, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 725

Prime Minister on Monday told the parliament that Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant pillow scammer Masudul Ala was a leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD).
Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina, on behalf of the Housing and Public Works Minister, was responding to cut motions brought by eight lawmakers from the opposition bench members on the supplementary budget of FY 2018-2019.
She said she came to know about the identity of the person who was tasked for the (Rooppur) project.

"The person was elected Vice-President of BUET Students Union from JCD and he was removed from the post of the nuclear power plant (after the scandal)," she said.

Pillow scammer Masudul was an executive engineer. She put emphasise on
taking stern actions against the corrupt organizations. "Taking actions against the organisations involved in graft is a must. But any person joins the government job, he or she could not be removed easily - it's a problem," she said.

Despite that, she added, the Anti-Corruption Commission can now work independently as the government has strengthened the commission in that way.
The Prime Minister posed a question on the issue of pillow scam that from where so many people bought such huge number of pillows on a day and who provided such huge amount of money?

"However, we're taking action against the persons responsible for it and we're taking actions against them and no matter whichever party they belong to," she said.

About taking plots by lawmakers, the Prime Minister shared her own example of not taking a single plot despite being elected lawmaker for seven times.
 "My party bought a bulletproof jeep for me and I escaped the death due to the jeep during the grisly August 21 grenade attack in 2014," she said.
The Prime Minister said the government is taking actions for irregularities of constructing buildings and other establishments across the country including capital.

Sheikh Hasina said some people still exist who have been involved in corruption since their birth and there are reasons for it.
The Prime Minister said the BNP was founded by military dictator Ziaur Rahman who grabbed power violating constitution and army act.
"Zia toppled the then president Justice ASM Sayem at gun point and the graft was initiated during his rule," she said.

The Leader of the House said it was Ziaur Rahman who declared that he would "make politics difficult for all" and "money is no problem".

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