Four Bangladeshi advisors quit caretaker govt
The four advisors who have quit are Finance Advisor Akbar Ali Khan, Energy Advisor and former army chief Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury, Agriculture Advisor C.M. Shafi Sami and Industry Advisor Sultana Kamal.india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 15:00 IST
Four advisors of Bangladesh's caretaker government resigned Monday following a difference of opinion on election issues with President and Chief Advisor Iajuddin Ahmed. The four advisors who have sent their resignation letters to President House are Finance Advisor Akbar Ali Khan, Energy Advisor and former army chief Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury, Agriculture Advisor C.M. Shafi Sami and Industry Advisor Sultana Kamal. The advisors claim Ahmed ignored their suggestions while taking decisions concerning the country's general elections slated for Jan 23, 2007. They were also reportedly opposed to the army deployment across the country to aid the administration on the ground. "I have resigned since I could not make any contribution to create an appropriate atmosphere for free and fair elections," Sami told Xinhua. He added that they had taken various initiatives to create a level playing field for holding a credible election, "but those initiatives were frustrated". However, he said the army deployment was not linked to his resignation. The caretaker government was set up Oct 29 to oversee the general elections in accordance with the Bangladesh constitution.