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BNP survives as there’s no politics of vengeance: PM

Hasina expects positive response from India over unresolved issues
UNB, Sangsad Bhaban
BNP survives as there’s no politics of vengeance: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said had Awami League believed in the politics of vengeance, there would not have been the existence of BNP in the country. “Awami League doesn’t do the politics of killing.

Awami League doesn’t believe in the politics of vengeance. Had we done so, there would not have been the existence of BNP in this country because no one other than us was more subjected to killing, repression and torture by BNP,” she said.

The Prime Minister made the remarks while replying to a starred question from BNP MP Rumeen Farhana (Reserved Seat-50) in Parliament. In her question, the BNP female MP said Prime Minister’s instructions are now needed in all the cases -- from killing people to killing mosquitoes in the country -- which indicates the fall and dysfunction of other institutions of the State. The successes of the institutions of the State are prerequisite to an effective country, she said posing a question whether the ineffective institutions reflect the scenario of the overall failure of the government in running the State.

In response, Sheikh Hasina said she is the daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who dedicated his life to the wellbeing of the people of this country. “Being his daughter, I’ve a different responsibility towards people. That’s why I work throughout the day and night. I’m always making efforts to make all the institutions more active, not ineffective,” she said, highlighting the progress of the country in different areas, which were attained due to relentless efforts of the Awami League government and tireless works of people.

Noting that these achievements were not gained automatically, she said had the institutions remained ineffective, it would have not been possible to attain such achievements.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is marching forward because the state machinery works properly. “Would the questioner been happy had she spent time in sleeping till 12pm like her (Rumeen’s) leader Khaleda Zia than doing work?”

The Prime Minister criticised Rumeen for using the word ‘killing’ equally for people and mosquitoes in her question. “Her question is unexpected, un-parliamentary and absurd,” she said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed the hope to have a positive response from India over different unresolved issues, including the Teesta water-sharing one, before her visit to the neighbouring country in early October.

“We’re optimistic that the unresolved issues between the two countries will be sorted out soon. We hope we’ll get positive results over the aforesaid issues before my visit to India,” she told Parliament yesterday responding to a starred question from opposition Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque (Kishoreganj-3).

The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit India on October 3-6 next to attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum to be held in New Delhi on October 3-4 with the theme ‘Innovating for India; Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World’. Sheikh Hasina and her India counterpart Narendra Modi are scheduled to sit in a bilateral meeting on October 5.

Hasina also said she will talk to Narendra Modi over the issue of water sharing of common rivers, including Teesta, during her visit to India.

About the Teesta water-sharing deal, Hasina said her government’s diplomatic efforts are on to sign the agreement. “The issue is being placed before the highest political levels of the two countries.”

“It hasn’t been possible to sign the agreement yet due to internal politics of India. However, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Bangladesh gave assurance to resolve the Teesta water-sharing problem with the assistance of the Indian state governments concerned,” she added.

In another development, the PM Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is now in talks with its neighbouring countries to import electricity to meet its growing demand.

“Discussions are on with India, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal to import hydropower to meet our demands, we’ve taken that initiative,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this yesterday while inaugurating four power plants, eight 33/11 KV GIS sub-stations and hundred percent electrification at 10 upazilas in seven districts across the country through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban.

She said Bangladesh has already imported 600 MW electricity from India. “We’re thinking of investing in Bhutan, negotiations are on for that, we’re also planning to invest in Nepal.”

“We’re providing subsidy. Please, don’t waste electricity. We’re giving electricity at the half price of its production cost. This is not right to provide subsidy this way, but we’re giving it for the welfare of people and their benefits,” Hasina said.

The PM said this yesterday while inaugurating the operation of Community Bank Bangladesh Limited approved under Bangladesh Police Kalyan Trust. She opened it through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban.

Besides, the premier, in another development, also told Parliament that Myanmar is delaying implementation of the bilateral agreements signed in the face of pressure from the international community, including the UN, to take back its displaced Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.

"Though Myanmar signed agreements in the face of pressure from the international community, including the United Nations, they're procrastinating over implementing these," she said replying to a starred question from Awami League MP Rumana Ali (Reserved Seat-14).

 

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