Dhaka – Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia has said the just-concluded India visit by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was unsuccessful.
“She (Hasina) brought nothing but assurances from India. She came empty handed,” said Khaleda, also a former prime minister, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Dhaka.
Bangladesh remained deprived behind the hospitality that the Indian government offered to the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, she said.
Khaleda observed that the deals the government has signed with India in the name of defence cooperation would increase Indian hegemony on Bangladesh.
She responded the Prime Minister’s remarks that the BNP used the army for political purpose saying that it was not BNP, rather Awami League had used the army for this purpose.
Khaleda said that the Prime Minister might be satisfied with her visit, but the people are not. The deals were signed ignoring the public opinions.
“People never wanted a memorandum of understanding with India. People are scared,” she said adding that the deals signed with India had undermined Bangladesh’s dignity and sovereignty.
Khaleda accused the government of signing the agreements secretly saying that there was no discussion with the civil society members prior to the Prime Minister’s India visit.
She said the present regime has no legitimate right to sign treaty with any country as it was not representing the people.
Khaleda also accused that India had interfered the last Bangladeshi national election, in which only five per cent of the voters turned up.