World Bank gave names of Hasina, Muhith, Syed Abul for corruption in Padma bridge

The Daily Star July 11, 2012

BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday claimed that the World Bank had specifically accused three persons, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, of being involved in the Padma bridge corruption.

“The names of the prime minister, Finance Minister AMA Muhith and former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain were mentioned in the World Bank letter,” he said, without mentioning how he had come to know this piece of information.

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Mirza Fakhrul, acting secretary general of the main opposition, was addressing a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital.

He also said the international community was now pointing fingers at the premier and that the government should step down.

The ruling Awami League men had already embezzled $35 million even before the start of the bridge construction, the opposition leader alleged.

“The Awami League had promised that it would show zero tolerance to corruption but the fact is that corruption is now rife everywhere from the grassroots level to government high-ups.”

Asking the government to make public the World Bank letter on the issue, he said it had been revealed in national and international media that persons close to the prime minister’s family were also involved with the Padma bridge corruption.

Zia Adarsha Sangsad organised the programme, which was chaired by BNP Standing Committee Member Abdul Moyeen Khan.

Meanwhile, Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque said his party did not want the Padma bridge project to be the “Election Bridge” — a pledge ahead of the parliamentary polls.

While addressing a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club, he opposed the government decision to construct the bridge with local funds and said the surcharge should be renamed as “Abul charge.”

Chawkbazar unit Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal organised the programme to demand the release of former lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu from imprisonment.