People will not accept any deals that go against national interest:Mirza Fakhrul
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has termed imperative holding talks with the political parties before signing any pacts with neighbouring India.
He also issued a warning against any anti-people deal, should it be inked during premier Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to India.
“People will not accept any deals that go against national interest. The people of the country will resist all anti-state deals and conspiracies,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Fakhrul came up with the observations while talking to newsmen in Manikganj on Thursday.
The BNP secretary general visited Manikganj to join the 6th death anniversary programme of the party’s late secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain.
The death anniversary programme was held at Delwar’s ancestral house at Pachuria village of Gheor upazila in the district.
When newsmen drew his attention to Hasina’s scheduled India visit, Fakhrul said, “I see no signs of signing any deal to solve the water-sharing problem. The agreement which we are hearing about is a threat to the country and threat to its independence and sovereignty.”
He went on saying, “We’ve said it – loud and clear – people of this country will not accept any deals that go against national interests and go against Bangladesh’s independence.
“The people will resist all deals and conspiracies against the country the way they acted during the liberation war of 1971.
“In all the democratic countries, opposition parties are consulted before signing any deal. Unfortunately, ours is no longer a democratic country. They are working forcibly which is going against the country.
“It is an urgency that the government will hold talks with the people, with the political parties as well as with the stakeholders before signing any deal. But this government, entirely isolated from the people, doesn’t want to reach out to the people,” said Fakhrul.
Demanding the government make public any agreement, the BNP leader said it is the moral duty of the government.