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ANGSAD BHABAN, June 8, 2014 (BSS) - Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury today said despite political unrest and destructive activities of BNP-Jamaat clique Bangladesh has been witnessed a GDP growth of 6.01 percent in the current 2013-14 fiscal.

'The growth could have been exceeded even seven percent if such a 
situation was not created by BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami during the 
period," she said while talking part in a general discussion on the 
supplementary budget for 2013-14 in the House.

In this connection, she said the 2013-14 fiscal year was unstable as 
the BNP-Jamaat elements created an anarchic situation across the 
country by calling 45 days hartal in six months. 

State Minister for Finance M A Mannan, independent lawmaker Dr 
Rustom Ali Farazi and Nurjahan Begum and Jatiya Party member 
Fazlur Rahman also took part in the discussion. 

Earlier, the day's sitting began at 4.10 pm with Speaker Dr Shirin 
Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. 

Begum Matia Chowdhury said the then opposition BNP has carried 
out destructive activities throughout the country by refraining from 
contesting the last general election in line with the constitutional 
obligation and ignoring court verdict. 

"Despite all odds, Bangladesh has been able to achieve tremendous 
successes in various important sectors due to firm and pragmatic 
leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," she added. 

Highlighting the successes, the minister said keeping inflation rate 
stable, increasing foreign currency reserve, achieving sufficiency in 
food production, removing "Monga", maintaining law and order, 
scaling down poverty and maternal and child mortality rates to a 
significant level, ensuring smooth supply of fertilizers and other 
agricultural inputs, implementing various mega projects especially 
starting construction work on the Padma bridge and fixing minimum 
wages for the garment workers proved the efficiency of the Awami 
League government. 

She said the past four party alliance government of BNP and 
Jamaat-e-Islami could not think about the progress.