Saturday, July 18, 2009

BNP blasts govt silence over Tipaimukh dam

UNB, Dhaka

BNP on Friday blasted the present government's "surprising silence" over the Indian government's plan to construct Tipaimukh dam though most of the country's political parties, social organizations and patriotic people raised their voice against the move.

Addressing a press briefing at the party's central office, BNP vice- chairman MK Anwar MP said that although the ruling party is interested to send a Parliamentary delegation to the Tipaimukh dam site but for mysterious reasons it is not interested to send an experts' team.

The briefing was organized ahead of the BNP function at Hotel Sheraton at 4 pm today (Saturday) to project the available information and data about the adverse impact on ecology and public life of Bangladesh if India constructs the proposed Tipaimukh dam over common river Barak.

BNP chairperson and opposition leader Khaleda Zia will be present at the function today and she has invited distinguished citizens, politicians and professionals to attend the function, it was informed at the briefing.

MK Anwar said: "The government has not yet uttered a single word in favour of the country's interest. Rather, some responsible persons of the government have made such statements that prove their support to Tipaimukh dam."

He said that as a patriotic party BNP cannot remain silent at this moment and so it has taken the initiative to project the facts and data about the proposed Tipaimukh dam before the people by experts tomorrow (Saturday) at Hotel Sheraton.

Replying to a question, Anwar said BNP along with the people would do whatever is necessary, including launching a 'Long March' against the Indian move to construct Tipaimukh dam.

BNP leaders Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were present at the briefing.

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