BRIBE ALLEGATION: Ctg mayor says he can defend himself

Chittagong city mayor AJM Nasir Uddin on Friday said that he was readying his responses over his statement that the local government ministry had solicited bribes to allocate larger funds for Chittagong City Corporation.
He said he made the allegation with full responsibility and that he would officially respond to the LGRD ministry in a week.
The city mayor said this while talking to the reporters after attending a programme in the city’s Muslim Institute auditorium.
‘I returned from Dhaka this morning. The corporation office will remain closed on Saturday. I will go to my office on the next working day and write back officially,’ said the city mayor.
The local government division on Thursday gave Chittagong city mayor AJM Nasir Uddin a week to explain his claims over bribing ministry officials.
‘He must explain and provide proof in favour of his allegation against the ministry officials,’ the local government division secretary Abdul Malek told reporters at the secretariat on Thursday.
Speaking at a dialogue in the port city, Nasir said on Wednesday, ‘This time we have received only Tk 80 crore. But the amount would have been Tk 300 to Tk 350 crore if I bribed the officials as they had expected.’
He alleged that the local government ministry officials had demanded five per cent of the funds to get larger project funds allocated for the Chittagong City Corporation.
A joint secretary asked for a luxury car to clear a project of the city corporation, the mayor claimed.
Nasir, also Chittagong city Awami League general secretary, has not yet been awarded the status of a minister although the government has already rendered four of the 11 city mayors including that of Dhaka, Narayanganj and Rangpur, the status.