PM's visit a 'total failure'
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain said yesterday Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India is a 'total failure' since Bangladesh gained nothing from this trip.
The treaties signed during the visit will not bring any welfare for the people of Bangladesh, he said. "The country's interest was not protected in these treaties."
Delwar was addressing a rally prior to a procession organised by different front and associate bodies of BNP in connection with "black day". The party observed January 11 as "black day" saying that on this day in 2007 fundamental rights of the people were suspended through imposition of a state of emergency.
On the PM's visit, the BNP leader further said, "Bangladesh will become a market of the neighbouring country due to the newly signed treaties and memorandums of understanding."
He criticised the government for "not doing anything'' regarding sharing of the Teesta waters during the premier's visit that ends today. "In fact this government is doing everything to provide all benefits to the neighbouring country," he said.
Delwar urged the party men to prepare for a movement as, he said, people have lost patience due to failure of the Awami League-led grand alliance government.
"We should not sit idle. We have to protect our independence under the leadership of (BNP chairperson) Khaleda Zia," he said. He however did not explain his remark.
The BNP leader reiterated the demand for trial of the organisers of 1/11 changeover, saying those who were behind this had violated the constitution to implement their 'conspiracy'.
Hundreds of party leaders, workers and supporters attended the rally. They chanted slogans demanding punishment of 1/11 organisers.
Later, a procession led by Delwar paraded different city roads and terminated in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
BNP central leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Fakhrul Islam Alamgir were also present at the "black day" programme.