BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Monday claimed that the dream of the ruling Awami League to hold the next general election under a partisan government has been shattered after his party chief Khaleda Zia’s India tour.
“Awami League leaders are making imprudent remarks about Khaleda Zia’s India tour as they have become jealous seeing cordiality and hospitality India showed to her during the tour. The government has become more friendless after her visit,” he told a discussion in the city.
Zia Sangskritik Sangathan (Zisas), a pro-BNP platform, arranged the discussion at the National Press Club.
Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, went to New Delhi on October 28 on a weeklong official visit to India, her first visit as the opposition leader.
She returned home on Saturday and claimed that her weeklong visit to India was a total success.
Though the government scrapped the caretaker government system through amending the constitution, Moudud said, “I said this earlier and am saying the same now…the next election will be held under a non-partisan government.”
He said the government feels jealous as the Indian government gave the highest importance to Khaleda’s visit.
“She (Khaleda) visited India at the invitation of the Indian government, not on her own initiative, because, India has brought changes in its one-party policy. Now they want to maintain good relations with the people of Bangladesh,” he added.
Moudud thanked the Indian government for changing its policy.
BNP leaders Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu, Abdus Salam and Shamimur Rahman Shamin, among others, spoke on the occasion with Zisas president Abul Hasem Rana in the chair.