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Discuss matters of consensus with Khaleda before Modi visit: Bnp

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BNP on Friday urged the government to hold talks with party chairperson Khaleda Zia on matters relating to country’s national interest based on consensus before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
“We hope that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will sit across the table with BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to discuss different bilateral issues related to national interests…So that she (PM) can claim that the demands she placed on behalf of the government are not only the demands of Awami League, but there is consent of all the political parties,” said BNP international affairs secretary Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon while addressing a press conference at party headquarters at Naya Paltan in the city.He also proposed the holdingof talks with pro-BNP experts on different issues before Modi’s visit scheduled to be held on June 6-7.
The BNP spokesperson said the BNP does not believe in anti-Indian politics and would not do it in future.
“Opposing India is not the agenda of BNP; rather our agenda is to ensure development of the country, preserve its interest and raise voice in favour of country’s people,” he said.
He said land boundary agreement (LBA), Teesta water sharing agreement; trade deficit, curbing terrorism and other outstanding issues with India are not a matter of a particular party like Awami League or BNP.
“These are our national issues. We want an acceptable solution to all.
Ripon said the BNP wants to work together for the interest of country’s development even though there are political differences.
Referring to the Indian government move to take West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Bangladesh during Modid’s visit to Bangladesh, the BNP stockperson said it is the beauty of democracy.
“When Indian government wants to sign any treaty or reach an agreement with any country they involve leaders of others parties,” he said.
BNP leaders—Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Abdul Salam Azad, Istiaque Aziz Ulfat and Noor-e-Ara Safa, among others, were present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, addressing a discussion meeting at Dhaka Reporters Unity, BNP chairperson’s adviser Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said the party would seek support of Indian government to restore democracy during Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
He hoped that Modi during his visit to Bangladesh would hold talks with all political parties.
The meeting was held to mark the 34th death anniversary of late President Ziaur Rahman. – Staff Reporter

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