Hasina strikes unequal deals with Modi: discussion

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:03, Nov 10,2019


Politicians, academics and professionals on Saturday at a discussion said Sheikh Hasina signed some unequal deals with India some of whom were conflicting to national interest.

They demanded cancellation of the deals and asked to refrain from finalising such unequal deals with India.

Left Democratic Alliance, a combine of eight left leaning political parties, held the discussion, titled ‘Hasina-Modi deals and relation between Bangladesh and India,’ at Pragati auditorium in Communist Party of Bangladesh central office at Purana Paltan in Dhaka.

Alliance coordinator Abdullah Kafee Ratan read out the keynote paper where he said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina during her last India visit signed some deals and memorandums with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi where national interests of Bangladesh were ignored.

Bangladesh signed seven memorandums of understanding besides three agreements — one of them allowing India to lift water from Feni river and another to establish coastal surveillance radar system along Bangladesh coastline during Sheikh Hasina’s October 3-6 visit to India.

Jahangirnagar University professor Anu Muhammad, also member secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, said the prime minister Sheikh Hasina became furious if anybody raised question criticising her government’s performances.

About the ongoing protests by teachers and students on the Jahangirnagar University campus against their vice-chancellor for her alleged involvement in corruptions, the prime minister said on Thursday that if anybody raises any complaint, he must prove it or should face legal action.

Dhaka University professor MM Akash speaks at a discussion, titled ‘Hasina-Modi deals and the relation between Bangladesh and India,’ in the Pragati auditorium at Communist Party of Bangladesh central office at Purana Paltan in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

‘But when we told that Rampal thermal power plant would destroy Sunderban, the biggest mangrove forest in the world with proof, the prime minster ignored our demand,’ Anu Muhammad said.

‘Now the situation had reached the stage that our government would satisfy the wishes of the Modi government,’ Anu added.

Dhaka University professor MM Akash said that India was a big country with big capital and if Bangladesh became ‘hinterland’ of Indian capital then our national economy could not survive.

Akash urged that Bangladesh should raise the water sharing problem between Bangladesh and India in international forum.

Chaired by Abdullah Kafee Ratan, the programme was also addressed by CPB general secretary Mohammad Shah Alam, Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Khalequzzaman, Revolutionary Workers Party general secretary Saiful Huq, central leader of SPB (Marxist), Shubhrangshu Chakrabortty, United Communist League general secretary Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, Democratic Revolutionary Party general secretary Mushrefa Mishu, Ganasomhati Andolan central leader Bachuchu Bhiyan, convener of Samajtantrik Andolan Hamidul Haque, and Jatiya Mukti Council secretary Faiezul Hakim.

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