CPD report diverts people’s attention before poll: Hasan

City Desk :
Information and Broadcasting Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) held a press conference based on false information to divert people’s attention before the elections.
“I read the report of CPD where they claimed that 75 percent of our development budget comes from foreign aid, which is completely untrue, ‘absolutely wrong and bogus’. Thirty five percent of our development budget depends on foreign aid which was less before,” he told reporters while replying to a query at his office at secretariat here, reports BSS.
Earlier, the minister unwrapped the cover of a book named ‘Sangbadpotre Sheikh Hasina’r Bakthrita 1981-1986’ published by Press Institute Bangladesh (PIB).
PIB director general Zafar Wazed and the daily Sangbad managing editor Kashem Humayun, among others, addressed the programme.
Hasan said the report was made with much wrong information. In fact, they wanted to divert people’s attention before the election, he added.
The minister said the CPD claimed that about Taka 92,000 crore including the loans taken by different big groups have looted. It is true that there are some irregularities which were published earlier in different mass media, he said, adding there is nothing to do research and everyone knows it.
He said such organizations like CPD is needed for the sake of development of the country. But the CPD did a ‘gross mistake, it is not a silly mistake’, he added.
Replying to another query over anti-election campaign carried out by BNP, Dr Hasan said the administration and police are now under the jurisdiction of the Election Commission (EC). The EC will implement their own decision, he said, adding their directives help to hold a free and fair election.
He said a festive mood has been prevailing centering the election. Thirty political parties out of 44 registered parties are taking part in the upcoming election slated on January 7 and there are, on an average, six candidates contesting in every constituency, Hasan said.
Replying to another query over the comments of BNP leaders Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and Moin Khan, the information minister said they are dummy leaders of BNP. Their main leaders are Tarique Rahman and Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, he added.