Responding to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's June 24th call for the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) to send an independent team to examine the Tipaimukh Dam issue, opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia sent a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday.
In the letter, Khaleda Zia underlined the importance of keeping national interests before domestic partisan rivalries and nominated six names for the independent team. However, she also stated that a joint-party team would have signaled more national unity on the issue.
The opposition would require logistical assistance from the ruling Awami League, as they cannot send a delegation to a foreign country.
Several BNP parliamentarians and water resource experts were nominated in the letter to assess the Indian construction site of the planned dam. The opposition has come out against the construction of the dam, citing potential environmental and humanitarian issues for Bangladesh.
The BNP has also called on India to release all information and documents that may aid in the team's consideration of the dam's construction.