06 July 2022 20:01:29
Top BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain warned on Wednesday that Bangladesh is likely to face a worsening economic crisis like Sri Lanka, although the government is now trying to cover up the reality.
Speaking in a discussion, he also blamed alleged government mismanagement and policy for the current power crisis in the country, UNB reports.
“We are currently going through the energy and economic crisis, even though the government is trying to cover it up. But you will see one day or another that our situation could be even worse than it is now in Sri Lanka”, a- he declared.
Mosharraf, a member of the BNP standing committee, said even those in the government are now saying that although the situation in Bangladesh is still not the same as in Sri Lanka, it could happen in the future.
He alleged that the government is ruining the country’s economy by engaging in massive corruption in the name of megaprojects. “Our banks are struggling with bad debts. Although there is no rule for borrowing from the reserves, loans have been made there in secret…this looter economy will not last long.
The BNP leader called on people from all walks of life to unite to save the country by ensuring the downfall of the current government through a strong street movement. “People want a change of government and they don’t want to see this regime in power anymore,” he said.
Jatiyatabadi Nobin Dal, a pro-BNP platform, organized the program at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).
Regarding the current electricity crisis, he said that the country has been experiencing frequent power cuts for the past few days as the government has not taken any action to ensure the gas supply necessary for the required electricity generation. .
“I would like to ask the Prime Minister why the load shedding is coming back now which you claim to have sent to the museum. What happened to your bragging now? The load shedding is now affecting the economy,” the BNP leader observed.
He said the electricity crisis was created when the government started importing gas instead of increasing its local production to meet demand from power stations.
“The government has taken no action for the past 14 years regarding the extraction and distribution of the gas from which we generate electricity. They have relied on imported gas from abroad,” alleged the leader of the BNP.
He also criticized the government for its reliance on rental power stations and said the government did it to appease a union and allow it to make money. “That is why the price of electricity per unit is now above Tk 10 per unit, whereas it was below Tk 2 per unit under our government.”