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Nirmal Barman

Published:
2018-05-26 19:11:04 BdST

Mosharraf questions Hasina’s ‘repeated’ India tours


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BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday questioned the motive behind Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘repeated’ India tours when she could not even discuss the Teesta-water issue.

Speaking at a discussion programme, he also alleged that the government has failed to sign the Teesta water-sharing deal as it is not elected with people’s votes.

“The Prime Minister is on a visit to India as she visited the country many times in the past with people’s hope to resolve the Teesta water-sharing problem. She visited India repeatedly, but she has failed to bring the issue even in the agenda,” the BNP leader said.

He also said there are various speculations among people about Sheikh Hasina’s repeated India tours.

Bangladesh Jatiya Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and all other political prisoners.

Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said, “The current government won’t be able to resolve any national and bilateral problem as it is not elected by the government.”

He said their party will resolve the Teesta water-sharing and other outstanding problems with India after forming the government with people’s mandate through the next general election.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to West Bengal on Friday morning on a two-day visit at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. She is scheduled to return home Saturday night.

Meanwhile, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office alleged that the Prime Minister went to West Bengal’s Santiniketan on a pleasure trip.

“There’s no schedule or agenda for bilateral talks while the Prime Minister was enjoying music and having chats in a good mood there (Santiniketan) during this Ramadan month. She insulted the people of Bangladesh through it.”

Rizvi said Sheikh Hasina’s India tour can be somewhat useful if she can bring a bowl of Teesta water from India.

“The Prime Minister has so much of affection for that country (India) as she always gives them everything, but can’t seek or bring anything, even a drop of water, from them,” he observed.

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