'WB cancelled Padma Bridge funding at US behest'

padma2Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday alleged that World Bank cancelled its funding in Padma bridge project being provoked by the United States and a vested quarter in the country. ‘The World Bank cancelled the fund being provoked by a vested quarter from the country and America,’ she said.

The Prime Minister said this while addressing the high officials of the Communications Ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat. She said the government had asked the WB to provide proof in support of their allegation that there was corruption in the Padma Bridge project. ‘They (WB) couldn’t provide any solid proof…they just provided some pages of a diary where it was stated who will get what commission. This is not enough to prove there was corruption in the project,’ the Prime Minister said.

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