Sunday, 22 May, 2022

‘BNP appoints lobbyist with illegal money’

‘BNP appoints lobbyist with illegal money’

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday questioned BNP’s right to politics in the country, saying that this party has hired lobbying firms abroad spending illegal money to conduct propaganda against Bangladesh.

“The BNP-led alliance, especially BNP, is busy in hatching different conspiracies against Bangladesh. We have been telling this for long, though many might have had questions. But the reality is that BNP is hatching conspiracies against Bangladesh to stop the country’s ongoing development and progress and to create barriers in export trade through appointing lobbyist firms in many countries, including in the United States,” he said.

The minister said these addressing a view exchange meeting with journalists at the meeting room of his ministry at Secretariat in the city, reports BSS.

Hasan said BNP, as a political party, had submitted documents against Bangladesh through lobbying firms in 2015 and it made an agreement which was informed by the state minister for foreign affairs in parliament yesterday. BNP made the agreement by using the address of their Naya Paltan office, he added.

He said BNP paid 1.5 lakh dollars to the firm at the beginning as advance money and gave 50,000 dollars every month. They paid about two million dollars in three years and there is no scope of denying the agreement, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary. Even they (BNP) made agreement with more than 12 lobby firms with different names and addresses, he said, adding they have spent millions of dollars in this area.

He said BNP hired the lobby firms for hatching conspiracies and spreading propaganda against the country to stop the country’s ongoing development and progress and to create barriers in export trade.