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Rumeen applies for plot, avoids phone calls

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Rumeen applies for plot, avoids phone calls

The application of barrister Rumeen Farhana, MP, seeking 10 kathas of land in Purbachal from the government has become viral on social media. Farhana did not receive any phone calls yesterday even after repeated attempts to reach her.

In her application submitted to the minister for housing and public works on August 3, Farhana had sought the land by allegedly hiding information of her flat in the city. She claimed that she has no land/flat in Dhaka city and that she does not have any other business or profession other than legal practice.Farhana, who is an assistant international affairs secretary of the BNP, in her first statement in Jatiya Sangsad had termed the present Parliament ‘illegal’. Now, questions are being raised about her moral obligation as she has sought land from the government she criticises in Parliament and TV talk shows.  The lawmaker applied for land on her MP pad.

Talking to an online news portal, Farhana questioned as to how her application has been made public even as 300-350 lawmakers have also applied for land.  “I did not seek any favour from the government. As I draw my remuneration from the state, my application is also a matter of state,” she claimed. She also said that her demand was neither illegal nor immoral because it was her privilege from the state as a lawmaker. “A lawmaker has the right to apply for state opportunity,” she added.

The BNP lawmaker further that the draft of the letter was made by her private secretary as per the routine practice.

She alleged that the former finance minister bought a car without paying any tax and that her application was made viral to suppress his “dishonesty.” She said that she would challenge the authorities to make all the applications of lawmakers public.

In her affidavit submitted to the Election Commission (EC), Farhana mentioned that she has a flat (No-3/A) at 55/1 Laboratory Road, New Elephant Road, in Dhaka, which, she claimed, to have got from her mother.

Executive director of Transparency International, Bangladesh, Dr Iftekharuzzaman, termed the endeavor to take the state opportunity by hiding information as ‘breach of morality.’ “A lawmaker taking any state advantage by hiding wealth information is not acceptable,” he said.  He added that as a lawmaker, Farhana should rather stand up against such immoral activities.

 

 

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