The main opposition BNP will not present its budget thoughts this year, though its lawmakers are joining the budget session scheduled to start from June 3.
For the past few years, the opposition has put forward its budgetary ideas a few days before the national budget session. This year is an exception.
Leaders of the party said this year they would respond to the national budget after a panel has reviewed it.
Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, adviser to the BNP chairperson, told the Dhaka Tribune: “We won’t do the same as we have in previous years. Our lawmakers will take part in the budget session in parliament. We will pass our instant comments on the budget at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.
BNP chairperson and leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia placed budget thoughts for the first time on June 7, 2010, a day before the budget was placed in the parliament. That was the first time in the country that a political party, particularly the main opposition, projected national budget thoughts and proposals outside parliament.
The former premier also presented budget thoughts on June 7, 2011 and on June 5, 2012, on both occasions day before the budget was announced.
The opposition’s budget thoughts were appreciated by different sections of people across the country, though the ruling Awami League asked them to join parliament and present budgetary ideas there.
Dr Osman Faruk, adviser to the BNP chairperson, said this year they would give their budget reactions after the budget was placed in the parliament.
“We cannot comment on the budget till we review it. That’s why we will give budget reaction this year later on,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.