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Govt fails to resolve outstanding issues with India as it lacks public support: Fakhrul

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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said the current Awami League government has failed to resolve the outstanding issues with India as it lacks public support.

"Bangladesh government has not been able to solve the common and outstanding issues that we have with India, including sharing of common rivers’ water and the killing of Bangladeshi citizens along the border, since it doesn’t have public support. That’s the big reason,” he said.

The BNP leader also said the government has so far failed to strongly strike a strong bargain with the neighbouring country for overcoming the problems as people are not with it, reports UNB.

He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after paying homage to BNP founder Ziaur Rahman by placing a wreath together with the leaders of the newly-formed partial committee of Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal.

BNP announced a five-member partial committee of its voluntary wing, Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal, making SM Zilani and Rajib Ahsan its president and the general secretary, respectively on Sunday last.

About Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India, Fakhrul said every time she went to India giving people a lot of hope about singing Teesta and many other deals, but that has not happened so far.

He said Bangladesh was supposed to get $8 billion from India under the lines of credit, but the country has received a part of this credit. “There’s no further progress in this regard. These things depend on people's power. Had people supported this government, then every work would have already been done."

As journalists sought his comment on Sheik Hasina's current India tour, he said, "I say again, let her come back and see what she brings for the people of Bangladesh."

Earlier on Monday morning, Sheikh Hasina went to New Delhi on a four-day state visit at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

The Prime Minister had bilateral talks with her Indian counterpart today at the Hyderabad House and the two countries signed seven MoUs demonstrating cooperation in a number of areas including water sharing of the Kushiyara River.

Fakhrul criticised the government for not giving any appropriate response to Myanmar for repeated violations of Bangladesh's sovereignty. “Since this regime has been in power without people’s mandate, it’s very difficult for it to ink agreements in the outside world and protect the interests of Bangladesh. We have observed this in the case of Myanmar.”

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