BNP on Thursday alleged that ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s remark that India will not interfere in Bangladesh’s next election has raised many questions in public mind, according to UNB.
Speaking at a discussion, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam also wanted to know whether India has entrusted Quader with the responsibility to make the statement in favour of it.
“A 19-member Awami League delegation went to India to exchange views with its ruling party. It’s good, and we always encourage such tours. But we didn’t understand why he said after returning home that India won’t interfere in Bangladesh’s next election,” the BNP leader said.
Fakhrul further said, “Whether India has given him the charge to say it. Who has given him the responsibility to speak in favour of India?
Sammilita Buddhist Nagorik arranged the programme at the National Press Club.
The BNP leader said Quader might have created a big problem regarding international relation with the neighbouring country as no one has given him the right to speak in favour of India. “His statement has raised many questions among the people of entire Bangladesh.”
The 19-member Awami League delegation, led by its general secretary Obaidul Quader, went to India on a three-day visit on 22 April.
Fakhrul said their party always gives high importance to good relations with India. “We always think India is our nearest friendly country. We not only recognise the country’s role in our liberation war, but also recall it with deep respect.”
He said their party also thinks Bangladesh should maintain very good relations with India for its own interests. “We don’t want any misunderstanding to create about them (India).”
The BNP leader said their party also wants all democratic countries in the world to take a position in favour of democracy and people’s rights. “We also want them to raise their voice against unjust, undemocratic acts and repression on people.”
Referring to Awami League leader Mahbubul Alam Hanif’s comment that their party will rule the country as long as long Sheikh Hasina is alive, he said BNP will not be unhappy if Awami League remains in power with people’s votes.
“We don’t have any objection if you return to power with people’s votes in a fair and credible election,” he added.
Fakhrul also alleged that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia has been put in jail in a ‘false’ case as the ruling party knows it very well that it will never be able to win any election if she remains out of jail.
He also warned that the government will not be able to hold the next election keeping Khaleda in jail.
The BNP leader also called upon all political parties and democracy-loving people to forge a national unity to force the government to hold the next polls under a non-party neutral administration.