BNP's long march an anti-Indian stunt: Suranjit

BNP’s long march an anti-Indian stunt: Suranjit

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Senior Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta on Monday said BNP is going to organise a long-march programme towards the Teesta Barrage amid the sultry weather of Baishakh only to sow its anti-Indian stance. “It’s not their movement…it’s a bad politics. It (BNP) needs to cooperate with the government over the Teesta issue. BNP should assist the government to resolve the crisis by mounting diplomatic pressure (on India),” he said. Suranit, also the advisory council member of the ruling Awami League, said this while addressing a discussion organised by Bangabandhu Academy at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in the city. BNP will stage a long march towards the Teesta Barrage in Nilphamari on April 22-23 demanding the due share of the river water. Mentioning that people have understood the evil politics of Khaleda Zia, the Awami League leader said she wants to instigate India. “This is not a good politics over Teesta. A diplomatic consensus is needed in this regard. This problem will be resolved with the new government of India which will assume power after its ongoing elections. Then tactics of BNP will be vanished on the streets,” said Suranjit. “If anyone unleashes violence in the name of a long march, action has to be taken by the government. If anyone creates anarchy the government has to face it harshly,” the ruling party leader added. On the abduction of Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of Bela chief executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Suranjit said “His recovery after 35 hours was a relief for the nation. But questions have arisen over the abduction. We want an appropriate solution through the investigation.” Bangabandhu Academy general secretary Humayun Kanbir, among others, spoke at the programme held with its adviser Haji Mohommad Selim in the chair. – UNB
Dhaka-Washington 3rd security dialogue in city Tuesday
Bangladesh and the United States (US) will hold ‘Security Dialogue’ here on Tuesday to discuss issues like maritime security, counterterrorism and disaster risk management. This will be the third dialogue on security issues between the two countries which will be held at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), said an official at the Foreign Ministry on Monday. The dialogue will include discussions on maritime security, counterterrorism, disaster risk management, peacekeeping, law enforcement, nonproliferation, joint military exercises and exchanges, and other security issues, US Embassy Spokesperson Kelly McCarthy told UNB. “The dialogue reflects our growing defense relationship with Bangladesh, and our shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the region,” she said. Mustafa Kamal, Secretary (Bilateral) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will lead Bangladesh side to the dialogue while Tom Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, will lead the US delegation. Atul Keshap, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, will also join the dialogue. The first such dialogue was held in Dhaka on April 19, 2012 while the second one in Washington in April, 2013. – UNB

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