He asked the BNP leaders to answer why they whitened black money themselves and then criticized the government for doing the same
Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has come down heavily on BNP for criticizing the government for giving the scope of whitening black money in the next budget.
“Why did Begum [Khaleda] Zia whiten black money?” he questioned while speaking at a Covid-19 safely gears distribution program, organized by Awami League subcommittee on relief and social welfare affairs, at its president’s political office in the capital’s Dhanmondi area on Friday.
Speaking as the chief guest, Hasan said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia herself whitened black money, and posed the question to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
The information minister mentioned that late Saifur Rahman, who was the finance minister during the tenures of Abdus Sattar, Ziaur Rahman, and Khaleda Zia, also gave the scope of whitening black money in national budgets.
He asked the BNP leaders to answer first why they whitened black money themselves and then criticized the government for doing the same.
For the sake of the economy, Hasan said this opportunity is given to legalize “undisclosed money” in many countries of the world, including Europe, the USA, India, and Pakistan.
“It’s not that I fully support it [the scope of whitening back money] forever, but in a fast-growing and developing economy like ours, this opportunity has been given for the greater interest of the economy,” he added.
The Awami League joint general secretary said BNP should applaud the government since the GDP growth of Bangladesh increased even amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The per capita income of the country’s people also surpassed neighbouring India, he added.
Reiterating that the Awami League always stands by the people during disasters, he said during the first wave of Covid-19, the BNP leaders sometimes pretended to stand by people and used to hold photo sessions to show off.
At the end of the function, the Covid-19 safety goods were handed over to representatives of Chapainawabganj, Sherpur, Meherpur, Satkhira districts and Morrelganj upazila of Bagerhat.