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AL leaders bogged down in corruption everywhere: Fakhrul

Snakes coming out from earthworm’s holes, he says

AL leaders bogged down in corruption everywhere: Fakhrul

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks to reporters at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave on Saturday, Sep 21, 2019. Photo: Courtesy

Dhaka, Sept 21 : BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that Awami League leaders have bogged down in corruption, shattering the country’s socio-political and economic structures.

“The government has sunk in corruption up to its throat. From their (AL’s) high-level leaders to the grassroots are now immersed in corruption, and we’ve seen some evidence of that over the last few days,” he said.

Fakhrul came up with the comments while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with newly elected president and general secretary of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD).

He also accused the ruling party leaders, including that of Jubo League and Chhatra League, of creating an awful situation for the country by seriously indulging in corruption. “It’s breaking down the country’s sociopolitical and economic structures.”

About the recent arrests of two Jubo league leaders as part of a crackdown on illegal casinos and businesses, he said now snakes are coming out from earthworm’s holes.

About the ruling party’s allegation that the arrested duo was involved with BNP politics in the past, he said Awami League leaders are making such remarks only to avoid their responsibility. “There’s no point in making such comments as people understand everything.  They (AL leaders) all are involved in corruption. No-one is left clean.”

The BNP leader warned that the ruling party leaders will not be able to escape public wraths for their widespread misdeeds and corruption.

He trashed Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader’s remarks that BNP introduced the ‘casino culture’ in Bangladesh, and claimed there had been no media report on casino business during BNP’s rule,

“Now media are awash with reports that Awami League government is not only indulging in corruption, but also turning the country into a failed state by destroying its socio-political structures,” Fakhrul observed.

He alleged that the government had conspired to prevent JCD from holding its council using court, but they successfully did it braving all the obstacles.

BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Mirza Abbas were, among others, present.

After nearly 27 years, JCD, the student wing of BNP, got its president and general secretary elected through direct balloting on Wednesday night.

Fazlur Rahman Khokon and Iqbal Hossain Shamol were elected JCD president and general secretary respectively.