Atiur’s resignation not enough, govt must go: BNP
16 March 2016, Nirapad News: Stating that only the resignation of Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman is not enough, BNP on Tuesday demanded the Prime Minister and her government step down shouldering the responsibility for the central bank’s Tk 800-crore heist.
Speaking at a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, party joint general secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also claimed that Atiur’s resignation has proved that the government high-ups has link with the swindling of the huge money.
“Only the Governor’s resignation is not enough to avoid the responsibility for the massive plundering in the financial sector. The Prime Minister and the entire government are liable for the heist and they can’t evade the blame. So, we demand the government and the Prime Minister resign,” he said.
Rizvi also aired a doubt whether Atiur quit on his own or forced to do that.
Earlier in the day, Dr Atiur Rahman resigned as Bangladesh Bank Governor amid a huge row over the heist of $101 million from the central bank’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Immediately after his resignation, the government decided to appoint ex-finance secretary Fazle Kabir as new Governor of the Bangladesh Bank.
Mentioning that the BB money stealing incident came to ling nearly one month after it took place, Rizvi alleged that the government has staged a drama with people over the ‘deadliest incident of the history’. “The Governor’s resignation demonstrates that the big fishes are there behind the heist.”
The BNP leader also alleged that though the government is saying Tk 800 crore was stolen from the central bank’s account, it is not the right figure. “The actual amount of the stolen money is $800 which is around Tk 6,500 crore.”
“This illegal government which assumed office without votes has jeopardised the entire financial sector. The country’s economy has collapsed for plundering of millions crore of taka from all banks and financial institutions,” he observed.
Rizvi feared the country’s current situation is signalling that a missive disaster may hit the country’s financial sector in the days to come. “Banks and insurances has become a good sector for the ruling party men to plunder as one-party government is there in the country.”
He also observed that the incidents of stealing and plundering have increased sharply as the government has set up the administration with partisan and incompetent people.
Earlier in the day, BNP standing committee member Hannan Shah also demanded the resignation of the government over the money heist.
Talking to reporters at the institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, he also demanded a judicial probe into the incident to identify those involved in it and bring them to justice.
“Why does the Governor only take its responsibility as there’s a minister and government above him? If it’s an isolated incident we would not blame the government. We’ve earlier seen Tk 4,500 crore was plundered from Basic Bank and thousands crore from another banks. So, the government should quit immediately as the country’s money are being swindled with its patron.