jamuna political news: Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said, “Awami League never struck any clandestine agreement with India in the past and would not do so in future by selling the national interest.”
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's upcoming India visit would add a 'new dimension' to Dhaka-New Delhi bilateral relations," Mr. Quader said.
Quader, also the general secretary of the ruling Awami League, said all pending issues including the much-awaited Teesta water sharing between India and Bangladesh would be settled through discussion in phases.
He said Bangladesh and India share a unique bond and special relationship rooted in a common cultural heritage, shared principles and values and forged by common aspirations and sacrifices of the two peoples.
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 1996, he said, Bangladesh successfully signed the landmark agreement on the Ganges Water Sharing with India and solved the land boundary problem in 2015 after a long time.
"We have also resolved maritime boundary dispute with our next door neighbor through international arbitration court under the farsighted leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter," he said.
About religious extremists and militancy, the AL general secretary said apparently they (extremists) look inactive due to the government's crackdown but they are active underground.
The AL general secretary said, “Bangladesh Awami League would be made the smartest and strongest political party in the country based on information and communication technology to keep pace with the modern world.”
On a query about the next general election, Quader said polls would be held like those staged in other democratic countries including USA, UK and India.
During the election, the AL general secretary said, the government would act as a coordinator to help the election commission hold free, fair and credible polls.
Quader said the election commission would determine the role of the administration and law enforcers including the army.