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Sunday, June 7, 2015, Jaishtha 24, 1422 BS, Shaban 19, 1436 Hijr

BNP wants Modi to push for 'democratic govt in BD'
Al Amin
Published : Sunday, 7 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 35
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) wants visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to push for establishing, what it said, a democratic government in Bangladesh. 
BNP sources said that a ten-member delegation led by the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia will meet the Indian Prime Minister at Sonargaon Hotel at 4:00pm and the meeting will continue till 4:35pm.
Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has already confirmed the meeting by sending a letter to the BNP Chaiperson's Gulshan office in Dhaka on Saturday.
Sources said that bilateral issues, including Teesta river water sharing deal, trade deficit between the two countries and border killings would be discussed in the meeting.
BNP will also seek cooperation of the Indian Prime Minister to restore, what it said, democracy in Bangladesh. The party will show some documentaries about forced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and politically motivated cases against BNP leaders to harass them, said a BNP leader.
A team headed by the BNP Standing Committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan is preparing the documentaries to hand over those the Indian PM, he said. 
Terming The Indian PM 'a champion of democracy,' BNP Standing Committee member Brig Gen (Retd) ASM Hannan Shah said, "Mr Modi has arrived. He is a champion of democracy too. We hope he (Modi) will take measures going as far as permitted by decency so that a democratic government is established in Bangladesh."
Hannan Shah made the comment at a discussion meeting at the National Press Club in the capital on Saturday organised by Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, youth front of the BNP, marking the 34th death anniversary of the party's founder and former president Ziaur Rahman.
"The Constitution of India, one of the largest democracies in the world, stipulates that it shall work to safeguard democracy in any parts in the world. But during the 5 January elections in Bangladesh, the then Indian government had supported such a political party 154 candidates of which were elected members of parliament uncontested in the polls," he noted. 
As for giving India transit through Bangladesh, Hannan Shah said India must pay taxes as per the international practice for enjoying transit and connectivity facilities through Bangladesh.

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