Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Saturday, April 20, 2019 09:26:24 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

Football »

FIFA backs English players' social media boycott over racism

AP, England :FIFA is backing a 24-hour social media boycott by professional players in England in a protest against racial abuse and revealed plans for a new global campaign to eradicate discrimination in soccer.Following a series of high-profile cases in recent weeks, the Professional Footballers' Association has gathered support from ...

International »

US President Trump declares victory on Mueller report D-Day

President Donald Trump, backed by his attorney general, declared himself fully vindicated on Thursday in the investigation into Russian election meddling and alleged collusion with his campaign - even before the American people and lawmakers see the full probe report."Game Over," Trump tweeted, using a "Game of Thrones" style montage ...

Entertainment »

Shanta Jahan in Australia for hosting

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Shanta Jahan is a popular host of present time. Though she acts sometimes but always feels comfortable to present herself as a host to all. For the first time Shanta went to Australia to host a show. She left Dhaka at night on April 18. Today is ...

Editorial »

One is punished for another's sin!

LOCAL media reported that a day labourer was allegedly sent to jail on Wednesday for not paying electricity bill of Tk 4007, even though his house at Mochagora village in Muradnagar upazila in Cumilla district had no electrical line. On Thursday evening, Chief Judicial Magistrate granted him bail after hearing ...

Cricket »

Sri Lanka dump Chandimal, bring back Thirimanne for World Cup

AFP, Colombo :Sri Lanka Thursday dumped established stars including former captain Dinesh Chandimal to hand batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay a place in their World Cup squad.Chandimal, who was one-day captain until last October, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga were all ...

Cricket »

Senior players need to take the responsibility: Faruk Ahmed

Former chief selector Faruk Ahmed insisted on the performance of the senior players, stating that they need to take the onus if Bangladesh want to do well in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.According to Faruk, the condition should give Bangladesh a confidence, given that they stormed into the semifinal ...

Entertainment »

Mehazabien’s Boishakhi works create viewers’ attention

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :For the last few years, Mehazabien Chowdhury established her strong position in media by virtue of her acting quality and skill. She is now getting positive response for acting in two Boishakhi plays. Afran Nisho was her co-actor in these two plays - Tom & Jerry and ...

International »

Turkish opposition takes control of Istanbul, re-run appeal still pending

Reuters, Istanbul :Turkey's main opposition candidate took office as Istanbul mayor on Wednesday after a stunning victory over President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party, but the new head of the country's largest city still faces an appeal for the vote to be re-run.The final result of the March 31 local elections ...

Editorial »

Power politics in Egypt

A HUGE majority of Egypt's MPs on April 16 approved constitutional amendments to allow President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030. The amendments were initially introduced in February, however after lengthy debates and discussions favouring the Egyptian society it was updated earlier this week. "The president's current term shall expire ...

Football »

Iniesta's J-League club Kobe part ways with coach Lillo

AFP, Tokyo :Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta's Vissel Kobe have terminated the contract of manager Juan Manuel Lillo following a poor run of results, the Japanese club said on Wednesday.The 53-year-old former Real Sociedad and Zaragoza boss won just two of six games since taking charge last October as star-studded Vissel ...

International »

US waging 'financial war' against Palestinians

AP, Ramallah, West Bank :The new Palestinian prime minister on Tuesday accused the United States of declaring "financial war" on his people and said an American peace plan purported to be in the works will be "born dead."In his first interview with international media since taking office over the weekend, ...

City »

Various organisations formed a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday marking the International Krishok Sangram Dibash-2019.

Entertainment »

Priya Bapat to take up a web series

Web Series are surely the in thing nowadays and so many actors, irrespective of their stardom, are being seen in them. Marathi superstar Priya Bapat has also bagged a web series called City Of Dreams. Sharing her experience of being part of the series, she says, “Web series are now ...

Editorial »

Urgent steps needed to check outbreak of diarrhoea

AT the advent of summer this year, the number of diarrhoea patients has already crossed the recent records. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, and the other city hospitals are struggling to tackle the surge in diarrhoea patients. The diarrhoea patients admitted to the ICDDR,B has crossed the number ...

Cricket »

Tearful Taskin vows to make a strong comeback

Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed vowed to make a strong comeback after being snubbed from the 15-member World Cup squad, announced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday.Chocked with emotions as tears were rolling down from his cheek Taskin shared his disappointments with media."Its' ok just pray for me," Taskin ...

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