Dhaka to warn diplomats against commenting on internal matters

Bangladesh will not make any concessions when it comes to maintaining its dignity, Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque says

Bangladesh will warn diplomats stationed in Dhaka against making remarks on the country's internal matters, Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque has said.

“We will not tolerate any ambassador's interference; they will be cautioned again,” the minister said while responding to questions from reporters in Meherpur on Wednesday morning. 

“Bangladesh is a sovereign nation; we liberated this country through a bloody war. We will not make any concessions when it comes to maintaining the dignity of our country.”

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The minister's comments came in light of Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki's statement on Monday that he had heard about "ballot stuffing" and that some police officers had stuffed ballot boxes the night before the last general election, which was something he had never heard about happening in any other country.

“Article 126 of the Constitution clearly states that the Election Commission will conduct the national polls. The district commissioners and superintendents of police will ensure that the voters can exercise their franchise in a peaceful manner,” Razzaque said.

He said the BNP would join the upcoming election as well. “They have been violent during elections before, and if they choose the path of violence again it will be dealt with politically,” he added. 

Stating that there will be no food shortage in the country, he said: "The country has enough food grains. There will be no famine, no food shortage.”