Indian envoy meets Khaleda

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Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday night, weeks after meeting the Awami League’s key ally Jatiya Party Chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad.

The meeting, which began at 8:45pm at Khaleda’s Gulshan office, lasted at least 50 minutes. But neither side spoke to the media about the issues discussed.

As journalists approached the Indian envoy about the details of the talks, he waved and left saying “no comment”.

The main opposition party also declined briefing.

BNP chief’s Advisor Riaz Rahman was also present at the meeting, among others.

Indian High Commission Spokesperson in Dhaka Sujit Ghosh told that it was a courtesy call as part of their contacts with all major political parties.

On June 26, Saran met Ershad at the latter’s Baridhara residence.

Before that, the Jatiya Party chief had been to Singapore when Khaledawas also there for a medical check-up.

Regarding Khaleda’s tour to Singapore, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had said the opposition chief had gone there to hatch a conspiracy.

But BNP leaders rejected Hasina’s allegation and claimed that Khaleda had gone there solely for medical reason.

The meetings with Saran take place at a time when Bangladesh’s political situation remains volatile over the nature of the government during the upcoming national elections.

The ruling Awami League and Jatiya Party have been struggling to remain as partners in the Grand Alliance. Ershad has already made conflicting statements about his party’s future stake in the alliance.

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