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Moudud: AL worried about Fakhrul’s UN meeting

  • Published at 11:48 pm September 17th, 2018
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BNP Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed UNB

Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed on Monday also said that the next national polls would have to be held under a non-partisan and neutral government

BNP Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed has said that Awami League is worried about his party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's visit to the United Nations (UN) in New York, US.

His opinion came while he was addressing a program organized by Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu Smriti Sangsad at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Monday.

Fakhrul, along with BNP Executive Committee member Tabith Awal, had gone to New York last Wednesday reportedly at the invitation of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

During the visit, Fakhrul had held meetings UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča at the UN headquarters, and officials of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of US State Department.

They returned to Dhaka on Sunday, ending the five-day tour that sparked a fierce political debate here ahead of the 11th general election.

Several leaders of Awami League, including its chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, had weighed in on the issue, saying BNP was lying about getting invitation from the UN and its leaders were in the US only to tarnish the image of the country and the ruling party.

Sources inside BNP claimed that Fakhrul had discussed Awami League’s repression over the opposition parties and incarceration of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

From the US, Fakhrul went to London on Friday where he is said to have had a meeting with the BNP acting chairman and Khaleda’s son, Tarique Rahman.

‘Election under impartial govt must’

Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed on Monday also said that the next national polls would have to be held under a non-partisan and neutral government.

He said that it was up to the people to decide whether this demand was constitutional or not.

“If the government wants to form the polls-time administration, then they will have to do it after discussing with all the parties,” he said.

Moudud continued: “The people will not allow the incumbent government to remain in power illegally.”