Dhaka – Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia has censured the government over fixing what she says lower fees for transit facilities to neighbouring India.
She also accused the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of undermining the country’s independence and sovereignty by allowing India to use Bangladeshi land in the name of transit facility.
Khaleda, who was twice prime minister of Bangladesh, opposed Indian offer to allow its goods to transport from one part to its north-eastern through Bangladesh territory, also asked the government to revisit the arrangement.
“It is very disgraceful for us that the government allowed India to transport its goods only at 192 taka per tonne,” Khaleda, the leader of the opposition outside parliament, told a gathering in Dhaka.
The gathering was arranged for Iftar party.
The former prime minister compared the transit fees with local transport of vehicles saying that Tk 700 to 800 is needed for a bus or truck to cross over the Jamua Bridge.
“It is clearly understood where we actually stand. Our independence and sovereignty are at stake,” she said asking her leaders and activists of her 20-party alliance to get united against the “repressive regime”.
She said she will took to the streets to protest the misdeeds by the government and called her followers to do the same.