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Razzaque: Upcoming parliamentary election will gain global acceptance

  • No conspiracy will derail election
  • Law enforcement vigilant against plots
  • Ready to face US sanctions
Update : 07 Oct 2023, 05:27 PM

Agriculture Minister and Awami League Presidium Member Dr Md Abdur Razzaque on Saturday said that the national parliamentary election, which is set to be held after three months, will be recognized globally.

“No party will be able to disrupt this election,” he said, expressing confidence that any attempts at conspiracy would not derail the elections.

Speaking to journalists after inaugurating a mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and two Forest Department barracks at the Dokhla Rest House in Madhupur upazila of Tangail, the agriculture minister said a significant party in the country is trying to disrupt the upcoming national elections.  

“However, the law enforcement agencies are vigilant and they will be able to tackle all conspiracies,” Razzaque said. 

“Bangladeshi people are with us and if they vote again for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the pace of development will continue,” he assured. 

“If any country tries to interfere with the elections, we will counteract,” he warned. 

On the topic of the US visa policy, the minister commented: "It does not matter who goes to the US. What can they achieve by imposing sanctions?

“Only the elite from Gulshan and Banani go to the US. Their absence will not harm Bangladesh. Even if a couple of ministers do not go, it will not be a problem,” Razzaque said.

“We are prepared to go to jail. Not being able to travel to the US is not an issue for us,” he remarked. 

“We achieved independence for Bangladesh through a bloody nine-month war. If they (the US) impose economic sanctions, we will see how to counteract that,” he said. 

“Many countries, including the US, supported us during the Liberation War,” he added.

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md Shahab Uddin was also present at the event. 

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