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Quader refutes BNP’s comment on PM’s India visit

Published : Tuesday, 8 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 945

Countering BNP's criticism of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's India tour, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said, "If you want to get something you have to give something and there must be a give-and-take relationship for friendship."
He said Bangladesh has received more from India, enclave exchange and  maritime boundary are proofs of that.
At a press conference at the Secretariat in the city, Quader said the agreement on the Ganges River was signed during the tenure of
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Teesta deal will also be signed during her tenure.
It is not possible to move ahead with a hostile relationship, he added.
 "BNP is led by its old habit of negatively commenting on the PM's India tour (this time as well)," Quader said.
Quader also ruled out the statement of BNP that claimed that the government arrested Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Samrat the day after the signing of agreements with India.
The AL General Secretary said such statement is ridiculous.
Asked about taking steps against Jubo League Chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury, the Minister said there might be allegations against him but that should be proved.
Asked about the future plan for Jubo League, Quader said all the associate bodies of the party have been directed to hold their councils by November this year.
Jubo League counsellors will decide on their leaders but the party chief is the 'final authority' to do that, Quader said adding that they will prioritise age this time.
When asked if Swechchhasebak League President Mollah Md Abu Kausar, who is also president of a club, will be arrested as well, Quader said, "If someone is president of a club that doesn't mean that he is involved in casino business."
There must be proof of involvement, Quader said adding that Rashed Khan Menon is also the president of a club, now can it be said that he is involved in casino business?

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