Tofail trashes BNP's budget remarks

03 Jun 2016, 20:32

NTV Online
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed. File photo

Dhaka: Turning down BNP's assessment that it is a 'reactionary and anti-people budget', Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Friday said the national budget for FY 2016-2017 is a fantastic, progressive, pro-people, and an implementable one.

‘The budget which has allocated crores of taka for social security can't be anti-people and reactionary one. It's a progressive and excellent budget,’ he said.

The minister came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka, reports UNB.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Agricultural Minister Matia Chowdhury, Information Minister Hasnaul Haq Inu, AHM Mustafa Kamal and State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Manna were, among others, present at the press conference.

Muhith on Thursday placed a Tk 340,605 crore national budget in parliament for the next fiscal year (FY17).

In his party's instant reaction to the budget, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi turned down the budget saying it is an extremely 'reactionary and anti-people' budget.

Disapproving Rizvi's remark, Tofail said the BNP leader who has made such a comment he neither watched nor listened to the Finance Minister's budget speech.

He also said it is BNP's bad habit that it cannot recognise and tolerate the government's any good works and initiatives.