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Menon blasts PM's advisers

Says they talk like India's advisers

Advisers to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina talk on the bilateral issues as if they are advisers to the Indian premier and government, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon said yesterday in parliament.

"Our advisers [to Hasina] talk in such a way on the issues of Tipaimukh dam, transit and Teesta river water sharing that it seems they are advisers to the Indian premier and Indian government," Menon took a swipe at the advisers.

Speaking on the thanksgiving motion on the president's speech, the Workers Party chief also said the foreign minister and other elected representatives are accountable to people. But the advisers [being unelected] who lead a good life are not accountable for their deeds, he added.

Ministers and ruling party lawmakers who took part in the discussion on the thanksgiving motion, however, praised the government for what they said was keeping the country on the right track.

Menon, a key leader in the ruling Awami League-led grand alliance, blasted the government for its failure to contain the price hike of essentials and deterioration of law and order and to stop crossfire and forced disappearance. He also criticised the government for high inflation and poor economic condition.

Pointing to the recent murder of journalist couple Sagar and Runi, Menon said the government had created a "puzzle" centring the brutal killing, which was not acceptable.

He said the government has many success stories but at the same time it has failures in different sectors.

The left-leaning leader called upon the government to hold open talks on the country's economic condition so people can get a clear picture.

Menon, however, supported the prime minister's stance on the World Bank's allegations of corruption in the Padma bridge construction project.

"The World Bank has raised allegations of corruption in the Padma bridge project, but who will take its corruption account?" he questioned.

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When I read the statements of some advisers and some minister I get the feeling that they do not talk from the viewpoints of the national interest of Bangladesh but of India. The other day, PM's foreign affairs adviser said that problems like Teesta water, Etc. will be solved according to the national Interest of Bangladesh. He spoke on Tipaimukh in such a way that it will be built to fulfill the needs of Bangladesh- it will get the most benefits.

It is very unfortunate that some politicians in Bangladesh talk in such a way that they are Indians.

: Amdem

Menon is right on advisers. Most of these advisers are Hasina's gofers and India's tea boys. But they seem to be doing well for their personal gains. Menon also plays it safe when it comes to Hasina. As such he is willing to downplay the World Bank allegations of corruption. The trouble is be advisers, Ministers or MPs, they are all looking after themselves and their relatives. Menon is no exception.

: Anonymous


  • Salam
    Monday, March 5, 2012 03:57 AM GMT+06:00 (205 weeks ago)

    Rashed Khan Menon sounds more like an envious person who wants to take over the position of the adviser to the PM or perhaps a Minister which is why he is also sounds appeasing to his masters i.e. AL in the same speech. What role was this person doing when the dams were built?

  • Talat Islam
    Monday, March 5, 2012 04:10 AM GMT+06:00 (205 weeks ago)

    Absolutely correct observation.

  • Zafar Benzadid
    Monday, March 5, 2012 04:30 AM GMT+06:00 (205 weeks ago)

    The PM's advisers are foreign-sick persons. They are accustomed to lead life in western styles. The PM also likes it. There's a lovely concordance between them. The PM cares for nothing when she speaks to the public. The advisers also do it. They never consider the interests of their country. They have the same difficulties as the PM. Except that the PM had a dream of having a Nobel Prize & she wanted them to do it. They're extremely failed to do it. Disappointing to fulfill the hope, she can't hear them now. Under these circumstances the PM inevitably needs only an expert private adviser who's only job to get her a Nobel Prize at any cost. This is why the PM herself & her foreign-sick advisers forgetting their duties & responsibilities want to be grand lovers of India. This is the sober fact.

  • Anonymous
    Monday, March 5, 2012 06:37 AM GMT+06:00 (205 weeks ago)

    We import many things from India, but we never knew that we also import political adviser. It is being heard that the foreign adviser of the Prime Minister is from India. On his advice, we have given (already) many things to India including the national interest. He is the linking person between India and Bangladesh. We have to see where the matter ends.

  • Truth Teller
    Monday, March 5, 2012 07:38 AM GMT+06:00 (205 weeks ago)

    Gowher Rizvi has proven himself to be a patron of India through his recent articles published in various Bangladeshi newspapers. It is clear in those articles that even though he is the adviser to the prime minister of Bangladesh on foreign affairs he supported and promoted the interests of India instead of those of Bangladesh. The people of Bangladeshi should not trust Gowher Rizvi (or anyone like him) as well as whatever he says.

  • Raihan Sharif
    Monday, March 5, 2012 08:45 AM GMT+06:00 (205 weeks ago)

    This 'adviser' business of the PM is just a ruse to avoid a huge cabinet and yet in effect have a huge cabinet. An unworkable, confusing structure in which the advisers and the ministers work at cross-purposes and where duties and responsibilities are not spelled out clearly. It is a stupid form of government.

  • A Bangalee
    Monday, March 5, 2012 09:01 AM GMT+06:00 (205 weeks ago)

    Bangladeshis actually do not know who is the Foreign Affairs Adviser of the Prime Minister is. They do not know where he was born, educated and worked before. It is the duty of the government to publish his biography for the information of the people. I think they have the right to know. We request The Daily Star to shed some light on the biography of the Adviser.

  • Muiyeen
    Monday, March 5, 2012 10:49 AM GMT+06:00 (205 weeks ago)

    These advisers are getting honor in various ways from the Indian side. Recently, one adviser was the chief guest of a cultural program of 150th Birth anniversary of Tagor's organized by Indira Gandhi Cultural Center, Indian High Commission at Bangladesh.

  • Roni Rahman
    Monday, March 5, 2012 01:20 AM GMT+06:00 (205 weeks ago)

    It is unexpetedly refreshing to see one of the ruling alliance leader publically realizes & speaks the truth about these so called imported advisers which everry one else already knows. These advisers basically acted as agents of India in shaping Bangladesh's bilateral pocily with India. How unfortunate





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