BNP pushes for dialogue
[Bangla Daily Star] Reiterating party's stance on holding a dialogue to resolve the country's political crisis, BNP leader Moudud Ahmed yesterday urged the government to create consensus by leaving the path of confrontation.
Referring to recent visits of Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as
America's Blond Eminence and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as
Another Frederick T. Frelinghuysen ...
and Pranab Mukherjee to Dhaka, he said both of them echoed the views of the opposition. "Foreign delegates suggested the government for holding talks with the opposition to arrange the national elections under a neutral government. Now the incumbent government has to amend the constitution to clear the way for holding talks," he added.
He was addressing a human chain programme in front of Jatiya Press Club. Dhaka city unit of Zia Gay Pareehad, a pro-BNP body, organised the event protesting filing of cases against top opposition leaders.
Moudud said, "We don't want to see any political confrontation, but the government has to take the initiative to reach a consensus."
The prime minister must declare that the caretaker government system will be restored to the constitution and Ilias Ali will return to his family, he mentioned adding, if otherwise, the ongoing anti-government movement will continue.
The BNP leader said tougher agitation programme will be declared soon if Ilias, who went missing on April 17 from the capital's Banani area, remains untraced.
Moudud, also a former minister, said the government filed cases against big shots of BNP and its front organizations only to resist the movement as it has failed to face the agitation politically.
He said BNP will not go for movement if Ilias returns to his family and the caretaker system is restored. "Then we will sit down for dialogue, if necessary. Otherwise the government will be forced to step down."
Kabir Murad, president of Zia Gay Pareehad, spoke at the programme, among others.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her May 5-6 visit to Dhaka said political parties should hold a dialogue to find out how a free and fair election can be arranged in Bangladesh.
Earlier, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia
Three-term PM of Bangla, widow of deceased dictator Ziaur Rahman, head of the Bangla Nationalist Party, an apparent magnet for corruption ...
had blamed government security agencies for picking up Ilias. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since 1981. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide...
, though, had termed the incident a "drama."
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Got a light, Mac?
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If you light that thing, Herr Armschtröng, he pointed out, his voice tense,
we all die!...
Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal yesterday organised a rally in front of BNP's central office at Nayapaltan protesting filing of cases against top opposition leaders including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan addressed the meeting, among others, with Jubo Dal president Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal in the chair.
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