Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Suranjit shown the door”
Dr Reza Khan
It does not matter whether the railway minister is gone or not. The law enforcers and ACC must track down the source of the money and punish the guilty ones.
Hope this 'resignation culture' will continue in future.
Finally, the PM did the right thing.
Thanks to the PM for her just decision. It will give clear signal to others.
Suranjit tried but failed to control the situation. It was clear that the Awami League did not take any risk.
At last, Suranjit Sengupta created a good example of resigning from his post as a railway minister. We hope that the ACC or other investigation committees would see into the interests of the job-seekers who had paid money in the hope of getting job.
The onus is now on the government to conduct a thorough and fair investigation on the current scandal as well as his son's wealth and his new luxury supermarket in Sunamganj.
How many big fishes are in troubled waters? How many will get clear signals from the prime minister? What about the ex-communications minister?
It was inevitable for Suranjit to carry out the stern instruction of PM after sullying the image of the ruling party, for the alleged scandal that happened at midnight. It was only a matter of time for him to swallow the disgrace for betrayal with the aspiration of the people who voted him to power. Now he has to live with this disgrace for the rest of his life.
Md. Abir Hossain
A rare example has been set by Suranjit Sengupta. It is the first time ever in the history of politics of Bangladesh that a minister has resigned from his office taking all the liabilities of bribe scandal on his shoulder. Sengupta has done what people wanted from him. But still the investigation is under question.
The veteran paid a heavy price mainly because of his careless public statements on this issue. But a possible conspiracy factor could not be ruled out entirely behind the whole drama given the corrupt nature of our politics. However, what has happened might be good for him as well as for the government.
Saeed Iqbal, Bogra
Warmest thanks to the prime minister for taking a timely decision of showing the railway minister the exit door. To uplift democratic spirit, this sort of practice should be continued. At the same time, we urge the government to hold a fair probe so that no perpetrator can escape unpunished.
It is better to resign without losing prestige. I must thank him for setting an example and showing the courage in a country like Bangladesh where corruption is a part of everyday life and where the politicians never take any responsibilities for any misdeeds like corruption. His resignation will serve as notice to other corrupt politicians and government officials.