BNP on Thursday formally turned down the national budget for 2020-21 fiscal year, saying it is "unimplementable' at this time of coronavirus pandemic.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that the budget is not implementable in any way. The ruling government didn’t say especially from where they would collect so much of revenue. Even, they couldn’t reach 50 per cent of their revenue target last year.
Two days after the budget was passed in parliament, Fakhrul Islam came up with their party’s formal reaction to it through a virtual press conference from his Uttara residence, according to UNB reports.
Mirza Fakhrul said that the budget has not been a time-befitting one when the country grapples with coronavirus pandemic. “This budget is not acceptable in any way as they formulated it in a prototype bureaucrat format. So, we turn down this budget with hatred.”
Earlier on Tuesday, parliament passed the Tk 568,000 crore national budget for the fiscal year 2020-21, with the slogan 'Economic Transition and Pathway to Progress'.
Fakhrul Islam also said that the ruling government should have framed the budget for a period of exigency giving the main focus on containing the coronavirus and protecting people’s health, lives and livelihoods.
“The humanitarian aspect should have got prominence in the budget to protect people from the corona disaster, but it's not there in the budget,” he observed.
Asked whether their party will come up with any programme to register their protest against the budget, the BNP leader said it is difficult to announce any programme now amid the growing coronavirus infections.
He said that many programmes in the budget were not outlined with a universal approach as those have been taken only to protect the interests of particular quarters to nurture sectarianism under political patronage.
Fakhrul said the new budget will only increase the sufferings of people who are struggling due to the coronavirus.
He said that this budget will push crores of hungry people who have become jobless due to coronavirus towards a famine, and it’ll widen the economic inequality…overall, the budget will widen the scope for those who indulge in plundering the country’s assets. So, we reject the budget.