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BNP welcomes odi visit

3The BNP yesterday welcomed Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh, saying it does not believe in anti-Indian politics.
“The BNP never carried out anti-Indian politics in the past, nor will it do so in future. The party only serves the interests of the country,” said BNP international affairs secretary Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in Naya Paltan.
He also said that the people of the country, as well as the BNP, are ready to welcome the Indian Prime Minister. “I, on behalf of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, welcome Modi to Bangladesh,” he added.
Regarding Indo-Bangla relations, Ripon said the Indian government has been saying that it is putting emphasis on its relationship with the entire Bangladesh population and not just any particular party.
Asked whether Khaleda has got any appointment to meet the Indian premier who will visit Bangladesh between June 6 and 7, he said the detailed programmes of VIPs are not disclosed for which they cannot divulge anything at this moment.
Replying to a question, Ripon said it is common knowledge all over the world that there is no democracy in Bangladesh.
“This is an internal matter and the BNP does not expect that Modi will talk about international matters regarding Bangladesh. But everyone would like to see democracy flourish in the neighbouring country,” he added.
The BNP spokesperson, however, expects that unresolved issues like the Teesta water sharing would be resolved during Modi’s visit.