Fakhrul calls Saifur Rahman a 'revolutionary economic reformer'
Publish- September 06, 2020, 09:30 PM
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Late finance minister M Saifur Rahman.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam on Sunday described late finance minister M Saifur Rahman as a 'revolutionary reformer' and true patriot as he built the foundation of a vibrant economy of the country.
“Saifur Rahman was a talented, patriot and revolutionary reformer. When Bangladesh’s economy got close to destruction and was called a basket case in the hands of a so-called quarter, he rebuilt it under the leadership of Ziaur Rahman,” he said.
Speaking at a virtual discussion, the BNP leader also said Saifur changed the country’s economy by adopting open-market policy coming out of the ‘so-called’ socialist thought and the mixed economy.
“He made many decisions like the introduction of VAT that were not popular at the time, and many economists criticised him. I even saw the headline in the famous newspaper The Holiday that ‘One man is destroying. But he built the economy, not destroyed it, with his farsightedness, wisdom and merit. He turned a basket case into a success case. He gave the economy a solid foundation by presenting the national budget for 12 times,” Fakhrul observed.
M Saifur Rahman Parishad arranged the programme, marking the 11th death anniversary of the former finance minister.
Fakhrul said he has doubt whether any finance minister in the world has had so much success in macroeconomy like Saifur. “I have a strong doubt whether we’ll ever get a patriot and brilliant finance minister like Saifur Rahman in the future.”
Fakhrul bemoaned that the current government is now destroying the economy with widespread ‘corruption and plundering’.
"The economy that was built on a solid foundation by Ziaur Rahman and Saifur Rahman is now being dragged down by the current unelected government. The country's economy is being plunged back into the gorge in a planned way,” he alleged.