BNP’s long march is a political stunt: Nasim


Awami League-led 14-party alliance today has termed political stunt BNP's long march-cum- car march towards the Teesta.

The remark has come from the spokesman of 14-party alliance and Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim at a press conference following a meeting of the combine at the political
office of Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina at Dhanmondi
in the capital.

Mohammad Nasim, also a member of Awami League presidium, said, "In the name of long march, BNP has initiated a car-march. Their long march is not meant for resolving the problem. It's nothing but a political stunt."

The senior Awami League (AL) leader said, "BNP's rank and file got frustrated for not taking part in the January 5 parliament polls. So, the programme has been thrown to energise their workers. The water crisis is for all and it can't be an issue. We also want solution to the crisis but it's not a political matter."

Nasim said, "It's a conspiracy of BNP. Polls are being held now in India. We hope that the Teesta issue could be resolved in talks shortly after a new government assumes office there. We have the legitimate right to get proportionate share of Teesta waters. The matter should be resolved through bilateral talks".

He said, "BNP didn't raise the issue for talks while in power. Their Prime Minister forgot to raise the Teesta Water Sharing Accord issue during her India visit. So, such a stunt on the issue doesn't suit them."

"Let's resolve the issue peacefully. Extend your cooperation to us. We want you carry out your long march programme peacefully. Keep in mind that there should not be anarchy of any sort in the name of long march," the Minister said pointing at the BNP leaders. He warned that any attempt to create anarchy would be dealt with iron hand.

The 14-party decided to hold public rallies in Khulna on April 26, at Savar in Dhaka on April 27 and in Mymensingh on April 28 to mobilise public support against BNP's conspiracy for creating anarchy, thwarting the trial of the war criminals and ruining continuation of democratic practice. Split into three teams, central leaders of the 14-party alliance will speak at these rallies.

Mohammad Nasim chaired the meeting, also attended, among others, by AL joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Dr Dipu Moni, organising secretaries Ahmed Hossain and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Samyabadi Dal general secretary Dilip Barua, Ganatantri Party general secretary Nurur Rahman Selim, Communist Kendro convener Dr Wazedul Islam Khan, Gano Azadi League president Alhaj Abdus Samad, Tariquat Federation secretary general Lion MA Awal and AL information and research affairs secretary Advocate Afzal Hossain.