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Tide of corruption grips country: GM Quader

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 12 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Golam Mohammad Quader has said that the country is now gripped by the tide of bribery and corruption.

“Last year, around 4 lakh crore taka was deposited in Swiss Bank alone from Bangladesh. Millions of taka has been laundered to America, Canada, Thailand, Singapore and other countries, but the government has taken no step to prevent this practice,” Quader said.

Swiss Bank is ready to provide information, but the Bangladesh government is not asking for information about the money launderers as those who have siphoned money are related to the government and ruling party, he said.

He made the remarks at a programme marking ex-lawmaker from Netrokona-1 constituency Golam Rabbani’s joining to the party at JP chairman’s office at Banani in the capital on Thursday.

Quader said, “The government has completely failed to run the country. The surge in the price of oil has increased the sufferings of people. If the VAT and tax had not been levied and the profit earned from fuel oil had been adjusted, the price of fuel oil would not have risen,” he said.

GM Quader said a government that makes profit by putting up the price of oil but does not understand the plight of people is not a people’s government.

He came down heavily on the government as taka is depreciating fast against the dollar.

The JP chairman asked why people are now facing load-shedding. “The government announced that they are self-sufficient in electricity production.”

He alleged that thousands of crores of taka are being plundered in the name of quick rental and capacity charges even without generating electricity.

Quader said political parties are now in conflict though there should have been friendly rivalry among them.

“We don’t want such politics. We want qualitative change. Jatiya Party is the potential political force of the country. Therefore, leaders of different political parties and people are joining the party every day,” he said.

JP presidium members Fakhrul Imam, Mostafa Al Mahmud and JP chairman’s adviser and Netrokona district JP President advocate Liakat Ali Khan, among others, addressed the programme conducted by JP Vice-Chairman Jasim Uddin Bhuiyan.