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Khaleda: Disclose names of Swiss bank depositors

  • Published at 12:15 pm July 2nd, 2017
Khaleda: Disclose names of Swiss bank depositors
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has demanded that the government disclose the names of Bangladeshis who have money in the Swiss banks. The BNP chief was speaking at the inauguration of her party’s two-month-long member collection and old membership renewal campaign on Saturday night. Khaleda alleged that the ruling party politicians had siphoned off massive amounts of illegally earned money outside the country. She also alleged that Awami League had destroyed all government institutions with its ‘misrule and widespread corruption’ in the last 10 years. “According to media reports, Bangladeshis have deposited around Tk5,500 crore with Swiss banks last year. We want to know who these people are. The government should disclose their names and other details,” Khaleda said. The BNP chief opened the programme by renewing her primary party membership, paying a subscription fee of Tk10. She urged party leaders and activists to make the membership campaign a success with concerted efforts. She said that in the last campaign in 2012 the party had collected 5 million members and the target this time was to have 10 million. Khaleda also reiterated the party's demand for a polls-time ‘supportive government,’ saying it is a prerequisite for a fair and acceptable election. Khaleda urged the government to take steps towards holding an impartial election, for the sake of the country and democracy and people’s voting rights. The BNP chief remarked that Bangladeshis and all the friendly nations want a participatory election to be held in Bangladesh which will ensure a level-playing field.