Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10:35:04 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

BNP`s allegations turned down

PM trashes it as unwise statement

By Special Correspondent
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Turning down the BNP's allegations about 'selling out the country to India'; Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said who had issued such statements are 'unwise', indeed.  
Over the last three days, senior leaders of BNP have been alleging that the ruling Awami League has inked a deal with India to stay in power for five more years. "After five years, they [AL] will go away selling the country [Bangladesh] to India in black and white," BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said recently.
"The present AL government is not a pro-people as they are not elected by the people. They are again planning to go to power in the same way. So, she [Hasina] has signed an agreement with India as she can stay in power for five more years," Khaleda also said directly, blaming the ruling party's high-command.
But refuting such a claim, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, while exchanging views with the business communities of Bangladesh and India at Taj Hotel in New Delhi yesterday, said:  "A lot of statements I've heard before coming here [India]. Some of them were talking about selling out the country…. Those who are talking such are really unwise."
Clarifying her stance, the PM further said: "There may be some problems with the neighbouring country [India]. And these we should overcome through discussion, not by quarrel. So, you [audience] tell me whether I've sold my country, or I've achieved something for my country."
In fact, the AL government is now facing sharp criticism from the opposition camps when it failed to sign Teesta Water Sharing Treaty during the visit of Sheikh Hasina due to non-cooperative attitude of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. But Dhaka has signed defense deals with Delhi ignoring the protest from opposition political parties, including BNP. 
Referring to the issue, Senior Joint Secretary General of BNP Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has warned that the people of the country would not allow the ruling AL government to execute the defense deals with India, which were signed on Saturday.
"The people haven't given consent about the deals [defense]. Our defense strategy will be formulated with our own style. India has forced to sign the defense deals apparently to control our total security system. India inked the deal with a view to keeping a political party [AL] in power. The deal signing day will be marked in the history as a black day," he said at a human chain programme in the city on Monday.
The BNP leader said the basket of Bangladesh is nearly empty; it did not get anything during PM Sheikh Hasina's India visit, whereas the entire security system has been unlocked before India. "People haven't any idea about the 36 agreements, MoUs and protocols signed with Delhi. These have been done with an ill intention."
Echoing the same, BNP Standing Committee member Gayeshawar Chandra Roy said: "India has signed the defense deals to save its own soil using the soil of Bangladesh. The defense deals are not for Bangladesh's interest, rather it is for the interest of India."
Against this backdrop, AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said the BNP is playing old and broken record of anti-India politics fearing possible defeat in the next general election. If the people want, they can vote AL to power repeatedly…It's not a task of India."
On the Teesta River water treaty, Obaidul Quader, who is also Transport and Bridges Minister, said: "The draft of Teesta Water Sharing Treaty is finalised. It is now waiting just for approval. The deal will be signed during the tenure of Hasina and Modi governments."

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Sports »

Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (left) and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Monday.

Football »

Rooney excited for 'great moment' in England farewell

Wayne Rooney says he is honoured to make a final appearance for England and happy for manager Gareth Southgate to decide his playing time Thursday against the United States.Former Manchester United star Rooney, in video comments released Monday by his Major League Soccer club DC United, detailed his excitement at ...

City »

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, among others, at a press briefing for returning officers on the occasion of eleventh parliamentary election in the auditorium of Election Commission Secretariat in the city on Tuesday.

International »

Nobody can stand in its way in Pacific island cooperation: China

Reuters, Beijing :No country can block China's cooperation with island nations in the Pacific and the area is no country's sphere of influence, a senior diplomat said on Tuesday, ahead of a summit between President Xi Jinping and Pacific island leaders.Australia, in particular, has been vying for influence with China ...

International »

Israel-Gaza border facing most serious fighting since 2014 war

Reuters, Gaza :Israel launched more air strikes on Gaza on Tuesday as Palestinians kept up rocket fire on Israeli territory, in the worst surge of violence since a 2014 war.The fighting - that has killed six Palestinians, five of them militants, and a civilian in Israel since Monday -threatened to ...

Entertainment »

Oishee in China to win `Miss World` crown

Jannatul Ferdous Oishee crowned 'Miss Bangladesh 2018' on November 30. Now, she is in China for participating in the 'Miss World' beauty contest. There she will represent Bangladesh. On Saturday night at 1:00 am, Oishi left Dhaka for Sanya in China. And she reached there on Sunday morning.Swapan Chowdhury, chairman ...

Football »

New York City forward David Villa (7) movers the ball as Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson (12) defends during the first half of their MLS playoff soccer match in Atlanta on Sunday.

Football »

Ronaldo ends San Siro hoodoo as Juventus beat Milan 2-0

AP, Milan :Cristiano Ronaldo ended his San Siro hoodoo to help Juventus to a 2-0 win after AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain missed a penalty against his former team on Sunday.Higuain left Juventus in the offseason following the signing of Ronaldo and he had a nightmare game as he was ...

Editorial »

No development yet in city's road traffic management

THE directives to ensure discipline in traffic system issued by higher authorities have failed to bring any result. The traffic rule violation is still rampant. Almost all directives addressing owners and workers of city service buses and human haulers, pedestrians and drivers went unheeded. If the traffic management system returns ...

International »

California wildfires: Death toll reaches grim milestone

The death toll in wildfires sweeping California has risen to 31, with more than 200 people still unaccounted for, officials have said.Six more people were confirmed killed in the Camp Fire in the north of the state, taking the toll there to 29.That fire now equals the deadliest on record ...

City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receiving ASOCIO 2018 Digital Government Award from Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mostofa Zabbar at the cabinet meeting on Monday.

Entertainment »

Mamo, Puja share big screen for first time

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :It was earlier fixed that Raihan Rafi directed and Jaaz Multimedia produced movie Dohon was scheduled to release on November 16. Later releasing date was changed to November 30. Owner of Jaaz Abdul Aziz confirmed the matter yesterday. Main theme of the story was given by him ...

Entertainment »

Sonakshi Sinha has only special appearance in Mission Mangal?

Actor Akshya Kumar recently announced the entire cast of India’s first space film Mission Mangal. The film is set to go on floors next month and will be helmed by Jagan Shakti. Besides Akshay as the main lead, Mission Mangal has an impeccable leading cast that includes names like Vidya ...

Football »

Iran women attend Asian Football final in rare `victory`

Hundreds of Iranian women attended a crunch football match in Tehran, in a rare step seen Sunday as a "victory" by local newspapers and hailed by FIFA as an "historic and festive day" for the sport.About a thousand women were allowed into Azadi Stadium late Saturday to watch Iranian giant ...

Editorial »

Bring the criminals to book and ensure their harsher punishment

ANOTHER woman was killed in a running bus on Friday night. This time her father was also pushed off the vehicle on Dhaka-Tangail highway in Savar. The incident may remind one of the rape and murder of law student Rupa Khatun inside a running bus in Tangail over a year ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news