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Minister: No foreign power can influence national polls

People of Bangladesh hold real power, not foreigners, agriculture minister tells BNP

Update : 14 Jul 2022, 04:36 PM

Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque said on Thursday that no matter how powerful the US ambassador or people like him are, they will not be able to play any role in the next national election of Bangladesh.

Razzaque was talking to journalists after a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) meeting in the ministry’s conference room at the Secretariat.

Replying to a question, the minister said foreigners are the country's development partners. The entire world is a global village. Opposition the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) also has the right to hold discussions with them.

“The international community wants our elections to be free and fair. We have appointed a new Election Commissioner in this regard. Elections are held under an Election Commission in most developed countries. They do not form any caretaker government during elections. BNP is consistently talking about the formation of a caretaker government, which will never happen,” said Razzaque.

He added that the next general election will be held according to the constitution, where there is no mention of a caretaker government.

Razzaque also said they will welcome any opinion or advice from the international community regarding the next election.

“BNP is holding discussions with representatives of various states for the last few days. I want to say to BNP that go to the people instead, who will elect their next leaders. It is the people who have the real power, not the foreigners,” added Razzaque.

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