BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain has said that the government is showing reluctance about flood-hit people of the country.
The government has no plan to mitigate the sufferings of the flood-hit people. There is no such types of initiative was visible from the part of the government. We have noticed that they lack plan to deal with the catastrophic floods in a way they were supposed to come forward,” said Khandaker Mosharraf while addressing at a round table discussion held at National Press Club in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The discussion titled “Issue of Water Sharing between Bangladesh and India: the way forward” was organized by the South Asian Youth Research Center.
Khandaker Mosharraf said, “Today, we are expressing condolences for the flood victims. You have seen in the newspapers, in media, how people are living inhumane lives there (flood-hit areas).”
Criticising the government the BNP leader further said they (government) are busy with other things.
He said, “If the government is not elected by the people and if there is no government of the people, then the sufferings and sorrows of the people doesn’t get the priority. They give priority to the interest of the individual and group.”
Referring to the flow of rivers in Bangladesh, former minister Khandaker Mosharraf said, “Our Foreign Minister went to the Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting a few days ago. What did you do in that meeting? What they gave is lip services sans the report of JRC. In fact the people of Bangladesh have been tricked.”
He further said, “Everyone knows that people are living inhuman lives as Bangladesh is submerged by the flood waters. No accurate estimate is being provided about the flood damage yet. India has opened all the gates in this rainy season.”
Khandaker Mosharraf further said they are causing floods when there is no need of water here. “When we need water for the livelihood and to save life, then they stock upstream water to turn Bangladesh into a desert.”
Khandaker Mosharraf criticized the government for its failure to sign the Teesta water sharing agreement for a decade.
South Asian Youth Research Center chairman Nur Mohammad presided over the discussion where Dr SI Khan, engineer M Enamul Haque and Professor Saifuddin Ahmed spoke, among others.