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Modi govt to prioritise democracy, fair polls to foster ties with BD

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June 11, 2024 00:00:00

Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said their party wants the new Indian government to emphasise on the Bangladeshi people's quest for democracy and credible polls as a cornerstone for fostering bilateral relations.

"The people of this country fought the Liberation War in 1971 to achieve the same standards seen in India, where citizens can elect their representatives, and where the Election Commission and judiciary operate independently," he said, reports UNB.

Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader said their party has been working to attain this goal and to establish democracy in the same manner.

"What we expect from the new Indian government is that it will respect the aspirations of the people of Bangladesh and thus foster relations with Bangladesh," Fakhrul said.

He also said India is undoubtedly the most influential neighbouring country of Bangladesh.

Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal arranged the discussion at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU), marking the 43rd death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.

Narendra Modi was sworn in as India's prime minister for a third term on Sunday as the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance won the general election with 293 seats.

Fakhrul criticised Sheikh Hasina's government for its failure to ink a deal on Teesta water sharing, resolve water-sharing issues of other common rivers with India, and address the killing of Bangladeshis along the border.

He alleged that the current regime wants to turn Bangladesh into a subservient and failed state consciously.

The BNP leader said the government has misappropriated huge public money by taking various mega projects and constructing mega structures like flyovers.

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