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Quader rules out possibility of dialogue on JS elections

Published : Sunday, 14 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 44

The ruling Awami League on Saturday said there is no possibility of dialogue over the next general elections.
The party also held BNP responsible for marring the atmosphere of a dialogue on the upcoming parliamentary elections.
"Why talks will not be held? Talks may be held, if needed, but it is not about upcoming general elections. Elections will be held in line with the Constitution. Why do we have to hold dialogue over the constitutional provision?" said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.
He was speaking at a briefing at the party President Sheikh Hasina's political office in Dhanmondi.
Obaidul Quader, also Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, said they do not feel any necessity for any dialogue right now.
"If needed, dialogue canbe held but now the situation does not demand it. A crisis situation will tell us what to do," he said.
Earlier, on the day the BNP at a briefing over the Prime Minister's address to the nation asked the government to hold talks with the political parties for the polls.
"If the Prime Minister thinks anything new about the polls, a move should be taken for the talks with the political parties. BNP thinks that a meaningful decision can be made on the national polls through the talks," BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters at Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office.
The AL spokesperson said: "Participating in the polls is the rights of the BNP, not an opportunity. Do they participate in the polls with the blessing of the government?"
Quader accused the BNP of marring the atmosphere of the talks as the BNP did not accept the Prime Minister's proposal for the talks in 2013.
"The Prime Minister invited Khaleda Zia to Ganabhaban for the talks in 2013 but she turned down the proposal. Besides, the Prime Minister also went to BNP chair's office to console her after the death of her son Arafat Rahman Koko. But she was not allowed to get in," he said.
Referring to those incidents, Quader said if Khaleda Zia had accepted the Prime Minister's proposal, country's political atmosphere would have been different.
"They have closed the doors for talks. And their demand for the dialogue becomes a political rhetoric," he said.
"They do not want dialogue. If they have the desire for the talks, they would not have refused the proposal in a dirty manner," he added.
The AL spokesperson also said people would resist the BNP on the street if they try to carry out mayhem in the name of movement.
"They will have to pay a lot for a long time for unleashing violence and fire-bombing," he said.
Referring to the Prime Minister's televised address to nation, Quader said people lauded the PM's address.
People accepted the Prime Minister's address while the BNP became frustrated over the speech.
Hinting at the BNP, the AL spokesperson said those who do not realise the language of the people make mistakes in politics.
"As the BNP failed to realise it, they took a suicidal decision of boycotting the January 5 polls."  Awami League leader Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Ahmad Hossain, Faridunnahar Laily, Abdus Sobhan Golap, Delwar Hossain, Sujit Roy Nandi, Biplab Barua, Anwar Hossain and Golam Rabbani Chinu, among others, were present.

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