12:00 AM, March 05, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 05, 2012

Menon blasts PM's advisers

Says they talk like India's advisers

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Staff Correspondent

Advisers to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina talk on the bilateral issues as if they are advisers to the Indian premier and government, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon said yesterday in parliament.
"Our advisers [to Hasina] talk in such a way on the issues of Tipaimukh dam, transit and Teesta river water sharing that it seems they are advisers to the Indian premier and Indian government," Menon took a swipe at the advisers.
Speaking on the thanksgiving motion on the president's speech, the Workers Party chief also said the foreign minister and other elected representatives are accountable to people. But the advisers [being unelected] who lead a good life are not accountable for their deeds, he added.
Ministers and ruling party lawmakers who took part in the discussion on the thanksgiving motion, however, praised the government for what they said was keeping the country on the right track.
Menon, a key leader in the ruling Awami League-led grand alliance, blasted the government for its failure to contain the price hike of essentials and deterioration of law and order and to stop crossfire and forced disappearance. He also criticised the government for high inflation and poor economic condition.
Pointing to the recent murder of journalist couple Sagar and Runi, Menon said the government had created a "puzzle" centring the brutal killing, which was not acceptable.
He said the government has many success stories but at the same time it has failures in different sectors.
The left-leaning leader called upon the government to hold open talks on the country's economic condition so people can get a clear picture.
Menon, however, supported the prime minister's stance on the World Bank's allegations of corruption in the Padma bridge construction project.
"The World Bank has raised allegations of corruption in the Padma bridge project, but who will take its corruption account?" he questioned.

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