Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has taken an open political stance by making statement that no general election can be free and fair unless conducted by a non-party caretaker government.

The microcredit pioneer, who received Nobel Peace prize in 2006 along with Grameen Bank he founded, made the remarks on Thursday.

Political observers see the remarks as a direct challenge to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who, only last week, rejected the opposition demand and said she would not “budge an inch” from the provision mandated by the Constitution in holding the next parliamentary polls.

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