Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday called upon the people to get united in the face of serious economic crisis to defeat those who has created the perils.

Addressing a press conference at her Gulshan office in the capital Dhaka, Khaleda also said the government resorted to huge borrowing from banks, local and foreign investment almost nil, remittance declined, instability in the share market and above all severe power and energy crisis.

“The government has borrowed about BDT 190 billion from banks till November this year while foreign currencies are being siphoned off through over-voicing. On the whole, the government is pushing the country towards bankruptcy,” she noted.

The opposition leader also expressed her fear that the eroding foreign currency reserves would hamper collection of raw materials for industries.

The BNP chairpersons said the government must bear the responsibility for the grim economic situation. An anarchic situation has been created in the macro economic management, she added.

Khaleda, who spoke for about an hour, stated the poor condition of the economy at the news conference arranged after the party had put out a call for the enforcement of a general strike for Sunday against the split of the Dhaka City Corporation.

BBN/SSR/AD-02Dec11-1:36 am (BST)