Scrap unequal deals with India: LDA

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:10, Oct 14,2019


Leaders of Left Democratic Alliance on Sunday called on the government to scrap the deals signed in New Delhi on October 5 with India branding unequal and against Bangladesh’s interests.

The alliance, a combine of eight left leaning political parties, organised a rally in front of National

Press Club in Dhaka, demanding cancellation of submissive deals and trial of the murder of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology student Abrar Fahad.

Communist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Mohammad Shah Alam at the rally said the Awami League government had signed unequal deals to satisfy the Indian government to remain in power at their support.

He criticised the ambiguous foreign policy of the ruling government saying it failed to bring water of Teesta but given away water of Feni to India. He called on the government to scrap all unequal deals.

On October 5, Bangladesh signed a MoU with India allowing it to withdraw water from the Feni River with no progress on signing of an agreement on sharing of water of the Teesta and six other rivers.

The two sides also signed another MoU for establishing a coastal surveillance radar system in Bangladesh to keep an eye on the Bay of Bengal area.

The two sides inked another MoU on the standard operating procedures for the use of Chattogram and Mongla ports of Bangladesh for movement of goods to and from India, particularly to and from the north-eastern region of India.

Shah Alam called on the government to ensure exemplary punishment to the killers of BUET student Abar who was brutally killed by the activists of ruling party-backed student body.

He criticised the BUET authorities for banning student politics on the campus and said banning student politics would not be acceptable and it was not the solution to campus violence.

Bazlur Rashid Firoz, central leader of Socialist Party of Bangladesh, said the people of Bangladesh would not accept the deals with India as those did not ensure a win-win situation between the two countries.

He said the Awami League assumed to office again through farcical election of December 30 at the influences of Indian government.

Chaired by United Communist League central leader Nazrul Islam, the rally was addressed, SPB (Marxist) central leader Manas Nandi, Revolutionary Workers Party central leader Bahnishikha Jamali, Ganosamhati Andolan central leader Bachchu Bhuiyan and Samajtantrik Andolan convener Hamidul Haque.

The rally was followed by a procession that paraded different city roads.

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