BNP writes to PM for disclosure of details of deal with India
Published : Monday, 18 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 160
BNP on Sunday sent a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina calling upon her to make disclosure of the details of bilateral instruments signed with India during her visit to the neighbouring country last month.
Party joint secretaries general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal and Khairul Kabir Khokon took the letter, signed by BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in line with the decision of the party standing committee, to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) around 12:15pm.
Prime Minister's special assistant Barrister Biplab Barua received the letter on behalf of the Prime Minister and he said that he will hand it over to the Prime Minister after her return from United Arab Emirates (UAE) closing her
PM's personal secretary-2 Wahida Akhter, deputy press secretary Hasan Zahid Tushar and assistant press secretary MM Imrul Kayes were present.
In the letter, BNP stated that people's opinions were not taken or any public debate took place before signing of sensitive agreements relating to national security like allowing India to take water from Feni River while Teesta water sharing deal is withheld, to set up Coastal Surveillance System radar in Bangladesh coasts, to use Mangla and Chattogram Ports.
As per article 145 (A), people's fundamental right is violated as neither the details of the agreements signed with India or with any other states made public nor such details placed in the parliament, the letter stated.
The Prime Minister is now in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend the Dubai Airshow 2019.
Biplob Barua welcomed the BNP leaders as they reached the PMO and entertained them.
Exchanging greetings with the BNP leaders, Barua said, "I, on behalf of the Prime Minister, received the letter. The Prime Minister is now on a state visit to the UAE. On her return home, we'll hand over the letter to the PM."
On October 5 last, Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
On November 2, in a standing committee meeting at the BNP chairperson's Gulshan office, the party took a decision to write to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to know the details of the bilateral instruments Bangladesh had signed with India during the Prime Minister's recent visit to New Delhi.