'We also want the government to cancel all the deals that are against the country’s interests'
BNP alleged that the government signed “anti-state” bilateral documents with India as part of its “abortive” efforts to stay in power by appeasing the “powerful” neighbour.
Speaking at a press conference, BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain urged the government to revoke the “anti-state” deals with India as the country’s people, and students were aggrieved over it, reports UNB.
BNP Standing Committee organized a press conference at its headquarters in Dhaka’s Naya Paltan on Thursday.
Reading out a written statement, Mosharraf said: “The outcome of the prime minister’s [Sheikh Hasina] recent India tour has manifested how appalling, and destructive the consequences can be for the country, and its people when the state power is grabbed by a force which is not accountable to the people, and elected by their votes.”
He further said: “The government neither informed the people about the deals, nor took proper preparation before the prime minister’s India tour. This [the signing of deals] is a mere futile, and temporary effort to hang onto power by appeasing the powerful neighbour through [sic by] sacrificing the interests of the country, and its people.”
The BNP leader said their party also wants good relations with India based on equity.
“Bilateral ties should be based on ‘give-and-take’ policy. But what the government is doing is only giving [to India]. People did not give the government any right to sign unequal deals that would harm the interests of the country.”
He demanded that the government make public the bilateral documents signed during the prime minister’s recent India tour with elaborate information.
“We also want the government to cancel all the deals that are against the country’s interests,” he reiterated.
The BNP leader accused the government of killing Buet student Abrar Fahad through its “cadres” for protesting the deals on his Facebook account.
Describing Abrar as the “voice of Bangladesh,” Mosharraf said he is a martyr for the cause of the country’s interests, its independence, and sovereignty.
The BNP leader said agricultural activities will be affected in the country during the dry season while the Muhuri project will turn ineffective if India withdraws water from the Feni River.
Mosharraf said some companies, and India will be benefited, not Bangladesh, by allowing export of LPG to Tripura.
”What did we get, except Tagore Peace Award, by allowing India this facility?” he questioned.
BNP announces 2-day protest program
BNP announced a two-day program demanding the cancellation of “anti-state” bilateral documents signed with India, and protesting the killing of Buet student Abrar Fahad.
As part of the program, the party will arrange public gatherings in Dhaka, and other metropolitan cities tomorrow.
BNP will also arrange similar programs on Sunday in all the district towns.