BNP MPs insult parliament by tearing up budget copies: Obaidul Quader
Published : Thursday, 2 July, 2020 at 10:57 PM Count : 559
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the BNP lawmakers have insulted the parliament by tearing up the copies of approved budget for fiscal 2020-21, reports BSS.
"The BNP lawmakers tear up the copies of the budget in the name of rejecting it, which is a contempt of parliament," he said.
Quader, also Awami League general secretary, was addressing a virtual press briefing on post-budget reaction from his official residence in Dhaka.
He said the BNP lawmakers damaged the copies of budget publicly in front of the House, which was tantamount to breaking their oath as a lawmaker.
"We condemned their act. In the ongoing crisis period of the nation, they (BNP lawmakers) did not show responsible attitude. They wanted to halt the passage of the budget in parliament," he said.
"They wanted to see a state without a national budget…we have created a ray of hope among people, which was an urgent in the ongoing pandemic situation," he added.
Quader said Awami League contributed to all the achievements of the Bangalee nation.
Qauder said the budget for fiscal 2020-21 is a realistic document of creating more opportunities to diversify the country's economy and turn the coronavirus pandemic into a new possibility.
Keeping the balance between the lives and livelihoods, the budget was the time-befitting thoughts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take the country forward, he said.
Meanwhile, the commitment of around US$ 5.16 billion budget assistance came from the development partners, he said, adding that the government has so far received about US$ 1.74 billion from its development partners.
On June 29, 2020, Taka 5.68 lakh crore of the national budget was passed in the House.