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No deal with India against national interest: Quader

CHITTAGONG, April 6, 2017 (BSS) - Minister for Road Transport and Bridges and Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader today ruled out signing any agreement with neighboring India against the national interests.

"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit India from tomorrow, keeping the nation's head high. If she signs any deal, she will do it protecting the country's interests and upholding sovereignty," he said speaking as chief guest at a memorial meeting here.

The commemorative meeting on AL leader Sekandar Hayet Khan was held at Mohora Ispahani High School ground this noon.

"I can firmly say that our Prime Minister will not make any treaty harming the national interest," Quader said.

"We have positive relations with India. If we make any agreement, it will be for the sake of national interests," Quader said.

The Bengalees would never bow down their heads to anyone, he added.

The minister said the BNP has started exposing their old habit of anti-India sentiments after hearing about the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's tour to India.

He urged the countrymen to remain away from India phobia, not to heed propaganda and to refrain from spreading anti-India sentiments.

"Nothing remains secret in this era of free flow of information," he said in regards to possibility of signing deals with India.

Vice President of city AL Khurshed Alam Sujan presided over the meeting while City Mayor and city AL GS A J M Nasir Uddin, President of Chittagong north district AL Muslem Uddin Ahmed and General Secretary Mofizur Rahman and Chairman of Chittagong Development Authority Abdus Salam joined the meeting, among others.

Earlier, the Minister inaugurated the construction of eight-kilometer long four-lane Bahaddarhat - Shah Amanat bridge road at Bahaddarhat area this morning.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)