Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his government and every member of Loksabha and Rajyasabha for the ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) bill unanimously, UNB reports. “On behalf of the people of Bangladesh, my government and parliament, I extend my sincere thanks to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his government and each and every member of Indian parliament (Loksabha and Rajyasabha) who cast their votes unanimously in favour of the LBA bill,” she said.
Hasina said this as she joined a special discussion before adopting the thanksgiving motion to Indian people, and Modi’s government for recent ratification of the LBA by Indian Loksabha and Rajyasabha. She also proposed unanimous adopting of the thanksgiving motion which was later adopted by voice vote.
Hasina said soon after the ratification of the bill in the Indian parliament, her Modi had phoned her and gave such good news. In response, she instantly thanked him. Besides, the Prime Minister said, without paying attention to the protocol, she phoned Indian Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Asam and Tripura and extended her thanks to them.
Hasina said the Indian Prime Minister had pledged her to ratify the LBA Bill during their meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York last year. “He (Modi) has lived up to his promises for which I thanked him.” Turning to the ensuing visit of Narendra Modi to Bangladesh on June 6-7, Hasina sought cooperation of all saying that Narendra Modi is coming to Bangladesh with a great gift for the country’s people which is the LBA.
She also expressed gratitude to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for laying the foundation of the LBA. “They (Indians) are our friends in bad times and we should not forget it…such friendship should be maintained,” she said emphasising regional and sub-regional cooperation to ensure socio-economic development of the people of this region.
Noting that it is very important to maintain good relations with the neighboring countries, the Prime Minister said that the aim of her government is to turn the country as a developed and prosperous one for which she has been giving importance to regional and sub-regional cooperation.
In this connection, Hasina said her government has been working with India, Bhutan and Nepal towards economic development of this region since the geographical location of Bangladesh is in an important place. Terming poverty as the common enemy of this region, Hasina said necessary cooperation and support should continue among the neighboring countries to fight against poverty and ensuring economic development.
The Leader of the House said with the ratification of the LBA Bill in Indian parliament, the people of the enclaves would get citizenships as well as would get their basic rights. In this regard, she said that it is the duty of her government to ensure all kinds of socioeconomic development for the people of the enclaves while necessary directives have already been given to this end. Hasina said the LBA bill could have been ratified much ahead had Bangabandhu remained.