British Labour MPs concerned over Bangladesh’s democracy: BNP

New Age Online

Visiting British opposition Labour Party lawmakers expressed their concern over the democracy in Bangladesh, said Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan on Tuesday.
A-10 member delegation of Labour Friends of Bangladesh, an organisation of British Labour Party, led by its chairman Howard Dawber met BNP leaders at party chairperson’s Gulshan office at 3:00pm.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was scheduled to lead the BNP side but could not appear due to illness, the party sources said.
After the meeting, which lasted for about an hour, BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, briefed the journalists about the outcome of the meeting.
Moyeen said that during the meeting BNP could realise that British Labour Party MPs were convinced that the present political situation in Bangladesh is possibly not ‘normal’.
‘They (Labour Party) are concerned over democracy’ Moyeen said.
The issue of development was also discussed in the meeting when BNP side clearly stated that sustainable development in the country is not possible without democracy, he said.
The issues of recent elections including general election in January 2014, city corporations, municipal and upcoming union council elections and the role of the Election Commission were also discussed in the meeting, he said.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Jamiruddin Sircar, Nazrul Islam Khan, vice-chairman Selima Rahman and BNP chairperson’s adviser Amir Khashru Mahmud Chowdhury were present at the meeting.

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