Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said the Padma Bridge is in sight despite the conspiracy of people like Dr Muhammad Yunus and Hillary Clinton.
He made the statement while addressing as the chief guest at a seminar on Padma Bridge organised by Suchinta Foundation at Dhaka’s Lakeshore Hotel on Monday.
Joy also accused the Grameen Bank founder of siphoning off $100 million abroad.
On a different note, Joy described the civil society members as the agents of foreign countries.
He said: “They don’t work for the country’s progress; rather they work for its damage.
“What we say is false and what foreigners say is true; a group of people try to establish this as a fact using various euphemism – we call them the civil society.
“They don’t have any work in the country. They run their NGOs and seminar businesses with the foreign funds. They are the slaves of foreigners.”
The prime minister’s son also expressed his resentment over the World Bank for bringing graft allegations in the Padma Bridge project without any substantial evidence.
Joy also raised question about the patriotism of Muhammad Yunus. He said: “Dr Yunus never said a word praising his own country.
“The civil society always remains busy in criticising and demeaning their country in front of the world.”
Joy urged the people of the country to not to pay heed to such people.
“We don’t need certificates from foreign nations to judge what is true and what is false. We can make our own judgments as we have stood up on our own feet. You have to look for foreign funds when there is a lack in your confidence.”
He said: “We did not decide to build Padma Bridge on a whim. The Awami League government has merits. We did our mathematics and found that building the bridge with our own finance would not hamper the country’s economy.
“The size of our budget has been growing bigger every year and Bangladesh has become the 33rd economy of the world.”
He said: “Conspiracy is a part of current political reality and it is the only pathway for those who don’t have the support of the people.”