Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday urged the present government to hold dialogue with the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to discuss important issues relating to national interest before the Indian Prime Minister Norendra Modi's tour to Bangladesh.
The Indian Prime Minister is scheduled to visit to Bangladesh on June 6-7.
Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon, International Affairs Secretary and spokesperson of the party, made the demand at a press briefing at the party's central office at Naya Paltan in the capital.
BNP Youth Affairs Secretary and Juba Dal President Sayed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Dhaka divisional Assistant Secretary Abdus Salam Azad and Woman Affairs Secretary Nur-e-Ara Safa, among others, were present at the briefing.
Dr Ripon said, "The Indian Prime Minister's entourage is expected to include West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Earlier, former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Bangladesh accompanying with several chief ministers."
"The Indian government generally engages itself with political opponents when it needs to reach a consensus for a deal or agreement with any countries, it discusses the issue with other political parties and chief ministers of different provinces of the country despite political differences. It is the beauty of democracy," he added.
The BNP leader said, "Many important issues relating to national interest of the two countries will be discussed. Hopefully, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will discuss the issues with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, as a leader of a large political party of the country before the upcoming tour of Modi."
Besides, the Foreign Minister and concerned officials can discuss the issues with experts from the BNP as the issues not only concerns Awami League but also all others in the county, he said.
"We have political and ideological differences with the government but we are prepared to extend our all-out cooperation to the Awami League-led government to make the efforts a success," he added.
Dr Ripon reiterated his claim as he said that the BNP never did anti-Indian politics, does and will the politics in future as the party's agenda is not opposite to India.
"BNP's political agendas are development of our country, preserve the interest of the country-men and talking for the people," he added.