As Khaleda and other delegation members entered Bangabhaban, Wahidul Islam Khan, an additional secretary to personal wing of Bangabhaban, welcomed them around 4:29pm and took them to the Darbar Hall for the meeting.
Upon entering, President Hamid asked Khaleda: “How are you doing?”
Khaleda responded: “I’m so, so.”
The president also asked about her health.
“We used to see each other when we were in parliament. Nowadays we are too far away.”
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BNP motorcade driving away from Bangabhaban after meeting with the president Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune
The atmosphere turned festive as the president entertained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her party’s delegation with fish fingers, chicken patties, sandwiches, sandesh and peanuts during talks over formation of the next Election Commission, reports UNB quoting BNP leaders and sources at the presidential residence.
Later, the president approached every BNP leader individually and exchanged warm greetings in a jovial manner.
Shaking hands with Moudud, Hamid said: “Hey murubbi,
how are you?”
A smiling Moudud replied: “Not bad.”
Moudud also enquired about the president’s wellbeing and said: “You are getting younger day by day!”
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Begum Khaleda Zia, BNP chairperson, seen leaving the Bangabhaban premises Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune
When the President moved to Moyeen Khan, he pointed at Khaleda saying, “Do you know he (Moyeen) is my grandson-in-law?”
Khaleda replied in surprise: “Oh, is it?”
According to Bangabhaban insiders, the President was in a very good mood during the whole discussion.