'Media is unable to publish reports on malpractices due to the government's control'
Corruption has become irresistible and is ruining all the sectors of the country like termites, said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He said this while speaking at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office on Thursday.
"During the BNP rule the Transparency International report was termed correct, but now it is wrong. The same organization that brought out the report was correct during the BNP tenure has turned wrong now?” he asked.
It seems as if flowers bloomed in the spring during the BNP regime and now they don’t, Rizvi said.
Media is unable to publish reports on malpractices due to the government's control, he said, adding, "The information minister is giving wrong information about the TI report only to protect his portfolio. In reality corruption has reached a terrible level as it has grabbed the country like termites and has taken a serious turn”.
Not only the country's people, but also the international community is surprised when he comes up with such information," the BNP leader said.
According to the TI report unveiled on Tuesday, Bangladesh ranks the second most corrupt country in South Asia, only ahead of war-torn Afghanistan. Its global position is 149th out of 180 countries surveyed last year, which is 13th from the bottom.
Rejecting the TI's report, Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday claimed that the report was motivated and faulty.
Rizvi said Global Financial Integrity presented a report on Monday about siphoning off money from Bangladesh.
Information Minister cannot hide the truth with falsehood through media. The TI report said, around Tk 50,000 crore was siphoned off the country only in 2018 and Tk 5.3 lakh crore over the last 10 years. "Awami League leaders and high government officials laundered the money."
The BNP leader alleged that Awami league after forming the new government through 'fake voting' has brought the legislative, judiciary and the executive branches of the state under one umbrella. "The balance of state power is now on the brink of collapse anytime."
He said the government has continued repressing opposition leaders and activists across the country to suppress its opponents. "People now even get sacred seeing their own shadows as an awful situation has been created in the country."