(BNP Communication) — Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Monday rejected the government’s claim of attaining 7.24 percent GDP growth in the outgoing financial year 2016-17.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing said the present unelected government was making false claims over the country’s GDP growth after ruining the economy.

He said the planning minister on Sunday at a press conference claimed that gross domestic product growth of the current fiscal would be 7.24  percent whereas the World Bank on the same day projected that GDP growth of the current fiscal (2016-17) would be 6.8 percent, Rizvi explained.

He said the World Bank in a report also claimed that GDP growth would drop next  year compared to the current fiscal and it may be 6.4 percent. Rizvi said this time over all GDP growth would be less due to deterioration in investment atmosphere, big fall in expatriate remittance and sluggish export growth.

Rizvi asserted, in reality the economic growth of Bangladesh is less even than what the WB projected because the government has destroyed the financial sector through looting. The statistics of GDP growth as given by the government on Sunday is part of the ‘falsehood’ of the present ruling party, he said adding, the statements made by the ruling party about GDP growth ahead of the election have no relation with reality.

On judiciary, Rizvi said the prime minister wants to establish supremacy over all departments of the state. Now she (prime minister) is aggrieved on the highest court as their supremacy was being challenged, the BNP leader said.

Rizvi said the government has showed its power by repeatedly defying the instructions of the highest court about publishing gazette notification on disciplinary and conduct rules  of  lower court judges. He said the Chief Justice on Monday said the Appellate Division was ashamed of again being asked to give time by the government for publishing the gazette notification.

Such behavior of the government is an attempt to give ‘Baksali autocracy’ a permanent base, Rizvi said. He alleged that the attorney general issued threats to the judges including the Chief Justice during hearing on impeachment of Supreme Court judges. He added that this type of attitude exposed the government’s real face.

Rizvi said the government was harassing leaders and activists of the political opposition including the BNP by filing false cases  and sentencing them to jail terms by influencing the judiciary. He said the attorney general was regularly working in the courts as a representative of the government in implementing the government’s programme for eliminating democracy The incumbent attorney general is a threat to independent judiciary, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged.