Dialogue time running out: BNP

Accusing the Prime Minister of dashing the hope of dialogue, BNP on
Wednesday urged Sheikh Hasina to resolve the political deadlock over the
polls-time government through talks before the time runs out.“I want to remind the Prime Minister that time is running out…there’s an
importance of talks and negotiation in democracy. We think still there’s a
scope for talks,” said BNP spokesman Shamsuzzaman Dudu.
He, however, warned the government that the opposition will realise their
demand through a street movement if it refuses to sit for dialogue. “There
will come a time when no dialogue will be needed, and the solution will be
on the street, which you and your alliance will have to accept.”
Dudu, an adviser to the BNP chairperson, was addressing a press briefing at
the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
He said the Prime Minister had showed the nation a light of hope by
offering a dialogue to resolve the problem over caretaker government ahead
of UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar
Fernandez-Taranco’s visit to Bangladesh.
“But the government didn’t send any letter to the opposition in this regard
despite their announcement to do so. We’d tried to sit in a dialogue
putting many things behind. But the Prime Minster dashed the hope,” the BNP
leader alleged.
Dudu criticised the government for rearresting senior BNP leaders at jail
gates in false cases after their release from jails on bail.
Terming the government’s attitude very painful, he said the government is
least bothered about court and law and the rules and regulations, and it
has turned the country into a police state.
Pointing at the Prime Minister, the BNP leader said,” Your father had been
put in jail in false cases. Moulana Bashani together with people had freed
him through a movement of violence, torching and siege. We want to ask the
Prime Minister, will we take up such programmes?”
Describing the ban on meetings and rallies as undemocratic and
unconstitutional, he said Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the associate student
body of BNP, brought out processions at different parts of the city defying
the restriction.
The government will not be able to resist the political programmes through
the ban, repression and arrest of the opposition leaders and activists, he
Sought comment about Hefajat-e-Islam secretary general Junaid Babunagari’s
‘confessional’ statement that the 18-party had patronised the Islamist
group to oust the government, Dudu said, “Allah knows what he said before
the magistrate in absence of newsmen and lawyers. In many cases we saw in
the past the statement made under section 164 CrPC doesn’t exist finally.”
(Source: UNB)

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