Tuesday, 16 Jul, 2024
Tuesday, 16 Jul, 2024
The Daily Post
Political Crisis

Dialogue or street

Sayed Saiful Islam

Dialogue or street

There can be dialogue, those who have talked about dialogue are important leaders of AL--

 Prof. Abdul Khaleque

 Member of AL Advisory Council,  former VC, RU


Now that we are in the streets, that is where we want a solution. If we receive a proposal, we will see that--

Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain

 Senior member, BNP standing committee


There is no alternative to dialogue, otherwise the country will be in danger & suffer

 Dr. Badiul Alam

 Founder Secretary, Sujan


In the political sphere, people are concerned about the type of government that will be in place during an election. This is so that the opposition parties may have an impartial, nonpartisan government while the elections are taking place. And that's why they've been on the streets for years. The Awami League, on the other hand, wants elections under a party government. They are not ready to hold elections under a non-party government. This is the main issue in the political arena now. For a long time, the two opposition parties have been on two poles.

But political analysts are giving some indication that this rigid stance on both sides may eventually be shaken. They think the ice may melt on the issue of an election-time government. But there is still no clear indication of what kind of concessions the parties will make. Although Awami league leaders have shown no interest in holding dialogue with BNP in the past, the recent situation is very different. Important leaders of Awami League and responsible ministers are showing a flexible attitude in favor of sitting for dialogue on the ongoing political crisis. Meanwhile, as the date of the national election progresses, the race in the diplomatic arena is increasing. In particular, the US Ambassador to Dhaka has been holding meetings with various political parties including Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party, Jamaat-e-Islami and important citizens of the country.

There have also been multiple meetings with some parties in recent times. US Ambassador to Dhaka Peter Haas held a meeting with Prime Minister's Adviser on Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday. The hour-long meeting was held at the Prime Minister's Office. However, media persons did not know what was discussed at the meeting till evening. It is not yet clear how much the opposition will give up on the two sides to resolve the political crisis. However, the dialogue indicates the opening of a path to dialogue. BNP's attitude towards the flexible attitude of the Awami League on the dialogue is that first the Awami League should decide what they really want, then the BNP will decide what to do in this regard.

On June 6, Senior Awami League leader and coordinator of the 14-party alliance Amir Hossain Amu addressed a rally of the 14-party alliance at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital. "If necessary, the UN representative should come, we want to sit face-to-face with BNP and discuss how to hold a participatory and fair election together," he said. This can be resolved through discussion and not in any other way. In 2013, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco came to Bangladesh. He met with both parties. If the UN representative comes, we are ready to talk to them. "We want to sit face-to-face with BNP and discuss it. However, a day later, Amir Hossain Amu changed his tune yesterday.

Yesterday, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud said Amir Hossain Amu's statement was personal. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal spoke on the same issue on the same day as the information minister made the remarks. "The dialogue will continue," the home minister said while replying to a question from reporters after celebrating the Independence Award-2023 at the fire service and civil defence department headquarters in the afternoon. There is no substitute for dialogue. We believe that everything has to be resolved through dialogue and dialogue. ’

Foreign ambassadors are holding talks with various political parties. Asked if they have any conspiracy or plan for the upcoming elections, he said: "It's the foreign ministry's job. What they said was enough. They are the ones monitoring. "We think it is our hope that the ambassadors perform their duties properly in accordance with their etiquette," he said. Describing Awami League as a popular party, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, "It has been in power for a long time. Awami League believes that the people should continue in power. And if we want to continue the power of the people, we have to talk to everyone. So there is no alternative to discussion. ’

Awami League Advisory Council member and former Vice-Chancellor of Rajshahi University Professor Dr. Abdul Khaleque said, "There can be dialogue. Now there will be many new things during the election. There has been a dialogue in the past to resolve the political crisis, BNP has participated in that dialogue. There can still be dialogue. Talking to this reporter of my news, he said that those who have talked about dialogue are important leaders of Awami League. Their words certainly matter. However, there was no discussion in the Awami League Advisory Council on this issue. There was no meeting of the advisory council recently.

The BNP secretary general does not want to comment directly on what Awami League leader Amir Hossain Amu said on Tuesday. "We don't know anything officially about it," he told the media. Is Amir Hossain Amu's statement Awami league's statement? Is he speaking as an Awami League spokesman? We don't know. He is the leader of the 14 parties and seems to be a member of their advisory board. Now he is not even in the Awami League presidium. In that case, the first question is whether we should consider his words as the Awami league's statement or not. The second thing is that the 14 parties do not decide, the Awami League decides. It is not right to comment without knowing whether this is an Awami League proposal or not.

BNP standing committee member and former minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said, "Awami League leaders say different things. They themselves are not right in their words. Speak in isolation. In such a situation, it is not right to comment on their words. Let them decide for themselves what they want to do first. Talking to this reporter of Daily Post, he also said that if Awami league formally proposes dialogue, it will be seen then. Now that we are on the streets, that's where we want a solution.

In this regard, political analyst Dr. Badiul Alam Majumder said that the crisis in the country should be resolved through dialogue. He agreed with the home minister and said there was no alternative to dialogue to resolve the crisis. Otherwise, the country will be in danger and suffer.