'The government has confined the country’s entire economy'
The present administration does not have the "moral authority" to present the national budget in parliament, senior BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury has said.
Describing the financial outlay for the next fiscal as debt-ridden, the former commerce minister said: “The government has confined the country’s entire economy.”
He said the proposed budget for FY2019-20 will not fulfill the people’s expectations, reports Bangla Tribune.
The BNP Standing Committee member argued that the government has kept the deficit at Tk 1.45 trillion in the 2019-20 budget, which amounts to five percent of the GDP.
“We, the people, will be the sufferer in meeting the budget deficit. The government will fill up the deficiency through collecting money either by hiking gas or electricity price,” Amir Khasru said in his spontaneous budget reaction on Thursday.
Amir Khasru was talking to reporters at a hotel in Dhaka soon after Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal placed the national budget for the 2019-20 fiscal in the parliament.
Terming the budget as big, the BNP leader said the budget will adversely affect the daily lives of people.
Claiming that the Bangladesh government is the only unelected government in South Asia, Amir Khasru said they (ruling party) held the December-30 national election keeping people out of the electoral process, and placed the national budget for 2019-20 following the same path.
Read the full budget speech for FY20 here.