Joy calls US envoy’s comment as ‘local embassy’s opinion’

Publish: 10:51 AM, July 4, 2018 | Update: 10:51 AM, July 4, 2018

DHAKA  – Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy in a facebook post on Monday described a recent comment by the US ambassador in Dhaka as the “local embassy’s opinion” as the incumbent US government maintained a strict policy of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.

“So this is just the local embassy’s opinion. As usual, the embassy officials have been spending too much time with their BNP friends,” he said in his facebook page.

Joy said it seems that the US embassy in Dhaka has become a mouthpiece for the BNP.

They are parroting BNP claims about the recent election in Gazipur and emphasizing irregularities, while making absolutely no comment on the BNP’s attempt to cause violence in that election, he said.

Joy said there were irregularities in 9 polling centers out of 425, which is just 2.1 percent. The Election Commission suspended polling in those centers and canceled the vote, which is exactly what they are supposed to do, he added.

“Our new Mayor Jahangir Alam received double votes of BNP’s Hasan, a margin of over 200,000 votes. All poll observers stated that the few irregularities could not have affected the outcome,” he said.

Joy said BNP’s central executive committee leader Mizanur Rahman Mizan was recorded on the phone organizing violence to make the election controversial.

“The US embassy makes no mention of any of this,” he added.