Dhaka – Bangladesh’ largest opposition outside parliament has termed the proposed national budget for the next financial year as cruel and an attempt to suck the last drop of blood of the people.
“A cruel budget is a final attempt by the usurpers to squeeze the last drop of blood from the people,” party chief Khaled Zia tweeted on Saturday, two days after Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith placed the budget proposal in parliament.
Muhith, on Thursday, placed the Tk 400,266 crore budget for 2017-18 financial year targeting a 7.4 per cent growth. He also proposed 15 per cent VAT to be implemented on July 1, the first day of the financial year.
Leaders of the BNP, which boycotted the January 5, 2014 general election and remain outside parliament also castigated the government of Prime minister Sheikh Hasina for placing what they called an anti-people budget.
But Khaleda said resistance is necessary to get rid of the cruelty that the government has been imposing on the people.
“Resistance is the only way out”, she said in a tweeter message.
Earlier, BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed said that the proposed budget was like a “big beautiful balloon”, outstanding from outside, but basically empty on the inside.
“Despite being huge in size, the budget will bring no good for the common people,” Moudud said at a discussion in Dhaka.
“There is a huge tax burden on people in the proposed budget,” he added.