‘Puppet’ government protecting others’ interests, says Fakhrul

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:49, Nov 16,2019 | Updated: 16:50, Nov 16,2019


A New Age file photo of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday termed the government ‘a puppet’ adding that it was protecting the interests of others on whom they depend to remain in power.

The BNP secretary general made the comment while addressing a seminar on ‘Deal of withdrawing Feni river water: Bangladesh’s probable damages’ organised by the Association of Engineers, Bangladesh, at a hotel in the capital.

The seminar was arranged in a bid to show the probable losses due to signing a deal between Bangladesh and India for withdrawing 1.82 cusec water from Feni River by India. The deal was signed in presence of the prime ministers of the two countries on October 5.

He said that the government that grabbed the power forcibly had signed the deal as they need not to consider the interest of the country and its people as they had neither people’s mandate nor responsibility and accountability to the people.

‘Since assuming power in 2008, they are ignoring people’s interest, endangering the country’s independence and sovereignty, and, over all, destroying democracy. They have become a puppet government,’ he alleged.

‘We know what a puppet government is. They uphold others’ interest by ignoring self-interests… when government wants to remain in power by taking help from specific quarters, they have to protect the quarters’ interests,’ he said.


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