BNP senior leader Zainul Abedin Farroque has urged the government to arrest loan defaulters and bank looters alongside the drive against casinos and wrongdoers.
He came up with the call while speaking at a human-chain program organized by Nagorik Odhikar Andolon Forum in front of the National Press Club on Sunday, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“The Finance Minister admitted that defaulters have depleted the banks by taking Tk 11,120 crore as loan. I would like to ask the government why it is not taking legal steps against those who looted our banks like sharks. I call upon the Prime Minister to catch these looters and loan defaulters.”
Farroque, an adviser to BNP chairperson and former opposition chief whip, also called upon Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take action against the ruling party stalwarts involved in corruption.
He alleged that Awami League leaders are carrying out a ‘false campaign’ involving BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman with casino business only to misguide people.
The BNP leader also accused the government of keeping Khaleda Zia in jail in ‘false’ cases just to cling to power. “The cases she was convicted are bailable, but she’s not being granted bail.”
He said the program like human chain is not enough to mount pressure on the government to free Khaleda Zia. “We must take to the streets and wage a strong movement to have Khaleda Zia freed.” (AA)