The city mayor came up with the statement over his graft remarks yesterday following a programme at World Trade Centre in the city.
“I am the part of the government and I have come to this stage of political career from grassroots level braving many odds,” said the city mayor.
“There is no provision to generalise my statement. Being a mayor, I have the responsibility and I must defend myself as to why I passed the comment,” explained Nasir who is also secretary of Chittagong city AL.
“The whole administration cannot be blamed for an individual. I have not pinned the blamed on the full ministry,” said Nasir.
Nasir also reiterated that he would officially reply to ministry letter within the stipulated time.
The government wants Chittagong City Corporation mayor AJM Nasir Uddin to explain what he meant by saying that the corporation did not get adequate funds as he did not ‘bribe’ the officials.
On Thursday, Secretary of Local Government Department Abdul Malek replied in a query from reporters that the mayor has to explain his remarks.
On Wednesday, Nasir alleged in a meeting at Chittagong that the CCT got Tk80 crore budget and would have gotten Tk300 or 350 crore if he had ‘bribed’ the officials as ‘per demand’.
“I was said, the corporation would get all the money it wants, but, five percent of it would have to be given as bribe,” the mayor said in the meeting.
Referring to a recent incident, the mayor said in the meeting that an assistant secretary had asked for a new Pajero jeep in order to pass a new project in the ministry.
The local government secretary said mayor Nasir also has to ‘prove’ that incident.
“He claimed those incidents, we will ask him about it and we will want proof. He will prove which official of the ministry asked for the jeep. Whoever he names, he must tell,” the secretary said.
Secretary Malek said that Nasir is a political leader and a mayor, and he should clear his statements and claims. He added that the ministry has asked for an explanation from the mayor on Thursday.