Bangladesh’s opposition BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) on Sunday (Sept 7) urged Indian BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to withdraw his remark that India should invade Bangladesh.
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, criticized the government for not registering any protest against such a comment>
“Indian ruling party BJP’s influential leader Subramanian Swamy at a recent press conference threatened to invade Bangladesh if the continuous repression of Hindus is not stopped. But our government did not issue any reaction to this,” he said.
The BNP leader further said his threat against Bangladesh is unwarranted and undiplomatic.
“We strongly condemn it and urge him to withdraw his comment.”
Rizvi said the government’s silence over Swamy’s comment has not only exposed the government’s knee-jerk foreign policy but also its utter failure to protect the dignity of the country’s independence and sovereignty.
He alleged that the government is not raising its voice against the BJP leaders’ comment only to cling to power.
“The current government does not represent country’s people as it is ruling the country as the representative of others.”
The BNP leader said, their party believes in ensuring the constitutional rights of all citizens irrespective of their race or religion. He urged the government to look into the BJP leader’s allegation about the repression on Hindus and take effective steps in this regard.