Visiting Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has told BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia that India hopes for a ‘free, fair, credible and inclusive’ national election in Bangladesh and that would be acceptable by all.
The visiting Indian minister said this while meeting the BNP chief on Sunday during the first day of her two-day official visit in Bangladesh.
“She hoped that a fair, neutral and acceptable election will be held here with the participation of all political parties,” general secretary of BNP, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters after the meeting quoting Swaraj.
Khaleda Zia had a 45-minute meeting with Sushma at Dhaka Sonargaon Hotel. The former Prime Minister was accompanied by six party members during the meeting.
Fakhrul added that Sushma Swaraj listened to the matters discussed by the BNP regarding the national polls.
“She said as a democratic country, India wants a democratic environment and democratic practice to persist in other countries, especially in its neighbors. The governments in those countries should be elected democratically,” Fakhrul said.
Sushma Swaraj also expected that the Bangladesh Election Commission would be able to discharge its duty by hosting a neutral election.
Fakhrul informed reporters that Khaleda Zia mainly talked about the ongoing Rohingya crisis and the political situation of the country including next general elections.
“Khaleda Zia the Rohingya refugees have been given temporary shelters but they must go back to Myanmar,” Fakhrul said quoting the BNP chief.
Sushma told the BNP delegation that India is continuing to pressure the Myanmar government, and the whole world also continued its pressure to take back Rohingyas, the BNP leader added.
This is the second visit of Sushma to Bangladesh. She last visited in 2014 after becoming the Indian external affairs minister. Khaleda also had a meeting with her at the same venue during her first visit.