Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Thursday said his country wants a free, fair and inclusive election in Bangladesh.
He was talking to reporters after emerging from a meeting with Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader at Setu Bhaban in the capital.The Indian envoy, however, said, “We won’t make any comment over Bangladesh elections.”
“Being a democratic country, India wants democracy takes a strong footing in Bangladesh, because it believes in maintaining friendly relations with the neighbouring country,” he said.
When asked about the political alliances in Bangladesh, Shringla said, “We want to see a vibrant democracy here and we can talk about democracy, but we can’t talk about election-time alliance.”
In reply to a query, the Indian high commissioner said his country does not expect any violence centering the upcoming elections in Bangladesh.
“I have come here to exchange Durga Puja greetings with Obaidul Quader,” he mentioned.
Obaidul Quader mentioned that his party does not want Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukdar to resign from his post as he can express his different opinion as an election commissioner.When his attention was drawn about Mohammed Nasim’s demand for Mahbub’s resignation, he termed this to be his personal comment, not the opinion of the party.
When asked if he had talked to the high commissioner about the upcoming elections, Quader replied in the negative.
“Being a democratic country, India wants to see continuation of democratic process in Bangladesh. But, they don’t want to interfere in our elections,” he said.
“Ahead of elections, political alliances are formed and some of them even break away. It’s a natural political process,” the AL leader added.