Manik going to Dhaka
By Our Correspondent, 08/06/2017, Agartala

Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader said BNP will suffer a consecutive third-time defeat in the next national polls."BNP has lost the trust of the common people as they didn't stand by the disaster-affected people at different times," he told newsmen after placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city, marking the historic Six-Point Demand Day. Quader said the present ruling party, Awami League, always stands by the people-whether it is in power or not.

"BNP has lost trust as they didn't stand beside the people during their hard time," said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.Meanwhile, Quader said the much-talked about Tessta agreement will be signed between Bangladesh and India during the tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi."Indian government is sincere and firm in striking the Teesta water sharing deal during the current tenure of Narendra Modi," he told reporters after a meeting with Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla at Shetu Bhaban in the city's Mohakhali.

The AL leader said, "We are also optimistic about the issue as the Teesta agreement will be concluded during the present government's tenure".Quader said he had conveyed the concern of Bangladesh people about Teesta to Indian High Commissioner in Thursday's meeting.He quoted the Indian High Commissioner as saying that the Teesta agreement will be concluded during the tenures of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.Quader said Chief Minister Manik Sarkar of Indian state of Tripura will be coming to Dhaka on July 8 to discuss the construction of a bridge on Feni River as the premiers of the two countries jointly laid the foundation stone of the bridge in the city during the last visit of Narendra Modi to Bangladesh.

The AL general secretary said they felt bad as BNP did not join the last general election despite repeated requests by them.Urging the BNP to join the next general election, Quader expressed the hope that BNP would take part in the election.He said, "Election of Bangladesh is not an affair of India as it will be held in Bangladesh according to its constitution."The minister said the election will be held in a free and fair manner. "The next general election will be held like the Narayanganj and Camilla City Corporation polls," he added.