Discussion on clubs, alcohol, gambling heat up parliament  How do govt officials spend Tk50/60 lakh to be members of elite clubs, MP questions at JS
Imrul Hossain for DOT
 The parliament yesterday witnessed heated debate as MPs from treasury and opposition benches locked horns to blame each other over club culture, illegal consumption of alcohol and gambling, Jago News, The Business Standard, The Daily Star.
 Yesterday’s Jatiya Sangsad session was marked by spirited debate among Awami League, BNP, Tarikat Federation and Jatiya Party MPs over various clubs, alcohol and gambling in Dhaka city.
Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque Chunnu started the discussion at the beginning of the session yesterday.
 Later, Awami League’s Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, BNP’s Harunur Rashid, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation’s Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari, and Opposition Chief Whip Mashiur Rahman Ranga took part in the debate. The Prime Minister and leader of the House, Sheikh Hasina, was also present in parliament at the time.
 Chunnu said, “For a few days now, discussion is on about an actress. The incident happened at Boat Club. Who formed this club? Who are the members of this club? I have heard that Tk 50-60 lakh is required to become a member of this club. Who becomes a member by spending such huge amount of money?… I didn’t even earn that much in my life.”
 Referring to several clubs in Dhaka, Chunnu said, “Alcohol is consumed at these clubs, and gambling also happens there. A person needs license to consume alcohol in Bangladesh. Gallons after gallons of alcohol are sold there. People with license drink but this huge amount wasn’t supposed to be sold.”
Without naming anyone, Chunnu also said, “How do government officials become members of these clubs? Where does all the money come from?”
 “Discussions are ongoing about a film star for several days. The incident took place at Uttara Boat Club. I have heard that you have to spend Tk50-60 lakh to become a member of the club. How do government officials become members here? Where does all this money come from?” he said in a session at the National Parliament.
 Shortly after Chunnu’s remarks, Awami League presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim blamed BNP founder Ziaur Rahman for giving permission and issuing license regarding alcohol and gambling in Bangladesh.
“Bangabandhu stopped alcohol and gambling licenses. Ziaur Rahman restored it,” he said.