The BNP has claimed that visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said her country expects a fair, acceptable, neutral and inclusive national election will be held in Bangladesh.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the claim on Sunday night while briefing reporters after a nearly 45-minute meeting between the Indian minister and a seven-member BNP delegation, led by its chairperson Khaleda Zia, at a city hotel.
“She (Sushma) hoped that a fair, neutral, acceptable election will be held here with the participation of all political parties,” Fakhrul said.
He said the Indian minister also expected that the Election Commission will be able to discharge its duties for holding a neutral election.
As a democratic country, India wants a democratic environment and democratic practice to persist in other countries, especially in its neighbouring ones, the BNP leader quoted Sushma as saying.
Earlier, the meeting began around 8pm at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
The other delegation members include BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, and chairperson’s advisers Reaz Rahman and Sabihuddin Ahmed.
Sushma arrived at the Bangabandhu Air Force base at 1:41pm on Sunday on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh.
This is the second visit of Sushma to Bangladesh as she visited here in 2014 after becoming the Indian External Affairs Minister. Khaleda also had a meeting with her at the same venue during her first visit.