BNP writes to PM seeking details of deals with India

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:47, Nov 17,2019 | Updated: 00:38, Nov 18,2019


Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday sent a letter to prime minister Sheikh Hasina demanding publishing full description of the deals inked between Bangladesh and India on October 5.

Two BNP joint-secretaries general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal and Khairul Kabir Khokon reached the the letter signed by the party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka.

The letter was sent to the prime minister as per the party standing committee’s November 2 decision, BNP chairperson’s press wing member Shayrul Kabir Khan told New Age. He said the letter was reached to the Prime Minister’s Office around noon.

Terming the deals as nationally important, the letter said, ‘knowing the information about the agreements having national importance was basic rights of the country’s people and depriving people of the right was clearly violation of the constitution.’

In the letter, Fakhrul said his party came to know from different national and international media that seven agreements and memorandums of understanding were signed between India and Bangladesh and three projects, including exporting LPG from Bangladesh to India was inaugurated on October 5, during the prime minister’s last visit to India.

‘Actually, people are not aware about the number of agreements and MoUs were signed with

India during the visit,’ it read.

Meanwhile, the letter said, the national and international media as well as in social media criticised the deals terming them to be against the interests of the people of Bangladesh. ‘But Bangladesh government is reluctant in this regard.’

It said that engineering student Abrar Fahad was beaten to death as he criticised the deals on Facebook.

Besides, no debate was held or people’s opinion was not taken before signing deals of withdrawing Feni river’s water by India while India kept the agreement of sharing Teesta River water pending for long, installing radars in Bangladesh’s coastal areas under round the clock surveillance of India, and using Chattogram and

Mongla Ports, the letter said.

The people, owner of all the power of the state, are still in dark about the details of the agreements, the letter said.

Fakhrul on November 2 said they would also write to the Information Commission under the Right to Information Act for details of the deals.

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