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Govt rejects TI’s CPI index: Quader

Staff Reporter:

Road Transport and Bridges Minister yesterday said the government does not pay heed to the Cor-ruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2023, announced by Transparency International (TI) where Bang-ladesh ranked 149th out of 180 countries.
“This type of agency (TI) has some political interest and it is a guard to protect the interest of any alliance or some countries in such a situation where conflict of power is prevailing worldwide,” he told a press conference at the Awami League President’s Dhanmondi political office.
Quader, also the AL general secretary, said the TI announces such index to protect someone’s in-terest and the agency did it in the past too.
Claiming that the government is working to protect the interest of the country’s people, he said corruption is the way of life across the world now and it is not a matter of Bangladesh only.
“Corruption – more or less – is found around the world but the way Bangladesh is being blamed is not true at all,” he added.
About the black flag procession of BNP, the AL general secretary said the procession is a part of BNP’s deep-rooted conspiracy. The law enforcing agencies will take action if the BNP men try to resort to violence in the name of black flag procession, he said.
Terming the BNP’s black flag programme an anti-people one, he said it is a deep conspiracy against the country’s democratic progress.
“If this programme is not withdrawn, the Awami League will be on the streets to protect the lives and property of the country’s people. In case of violence, the law enforcing agencies will perform their duty,” he said.
Quader said error-free democracy is not found anywhere in the world and Bangladesh’s democracy will not be flawless overnight.
The arson terrorism BNP is carrying out in the country is making the journey of its democracy un-even here, he said, adding that none of those who greeted the new government and even the Unit-ed States called the Bangladesh’s election a flawed one.
The AL general secretary said Washington had a reaction over free and fair elections but the US ambassador in Dhaka congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and pledged to work closely with Bangladesh on its march to democracy.
European countries have also pledged to work together with Bangladesh, while the UN Secretary-General greeted the Prime Minister too, he said.
About the postponement of the AL’s program, Quader said the AL has suspended its program as it did not get permission of holding the program from police.
About the size of the cabinet, he said if Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants, she may add more members to the cabinet.
AL Organizing Secretaries BM Mozammel Haque, Mirza Azam, SM Kamal Hossain and Afzal Hossain, Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil, Deputy Publicity and Publication Affairs Secretary Syed Abdul Awal Shamim and Deputy Office Secretary Sayem Khan, among others, were present.

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