• Tuesday , 22 Aug 2017
Published : 25 Jan 2017, 21:32:00AA-A+

Cancelling WB finance to Padma Bridge: PM blames Dr Yunus

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said former Grameen Bank Managing Director Dr Muhammad Yunus lobbied with former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to terminate World Bank's commitment of financing the Padma Bridge project.

Replying to a supplementary question from Jatiya Party member AKM Maidul Islam in the parliament today, the prime minister said Dr Muhammad Yunus turned furious with us after losing in the legal fight for the post of the managing director of Grameen Bank, reports BSS.

"Then his wrath fell on the Padma Bridge project. An editor of a renowned newspaper of our country met the then World Bank President Robert Zoellick and lobbied with Hillary to cancel the finance," the prime minister told the House.

Even releasing no fund for the project the World Bank raised the allegation of corruption against me and my family members, which was completely a vengeance of Dr. Yunus, she said.

The prime minister said the Padma Bridge project was taken for development of the country's southern part, which was neglected for a long time. The region is also very vulnerable to climate change. 

At the very beginning of the initiation of the project, she said the World Bank had showed keen interest in financing the project and promised to give huge fund for construction of the bridge.

Sheikh Hasina said Dr Yunus persuaded the World Bank to withdraw from the project and raise the allegation of corruption against her and her family members.

"They made their frantic search to establish their allegation but failed to establish anything," she said adding, "I had taken the matter as a challenge as I had mental strength to take the decision of constructing the bridge with our own resources."

In this regard the prime minister said she is doing politics for welfare of the people, not for gaining anything on her own. So, she's not greedy for plundering public money, she said.

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