Voicing optimism over holding dialogue between the two major political parties for the formation of an election-time government, Agricultural Minister Matia Chowdhury on Sunday said the basis of the talks will be the constitution.
“We’ll try to be positive…we won’t take anything negatively. Discussion is the essence of democratic politics,” she said at a press conference at the AL President’s Dhanmondi office. Pointing at Khaleda Zia, the AL Presidium member said she does not have confidence in her party’s elected MPs.
“She doesn’t believe those elected on party ticket. She believes outsiders,” Matia added. Terming the ongoing three-day hartal as an unexpected one, the minister said, “Khaleda Zia in her speech at Suhrawardy Udyan gave the government 48 hours to initiate dialogue, or else, they will call hartal. And Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina phoned her (Khaleda) before the end of 24 hours.”
Matia went on: “In her telephonic conversation, Prime Minister repeatedly urged the opposition leader to withdraw the hartal considering the interest of the country as well as people. But She (Khaleda) didn’t.”
Matia Chowdhury condemned attacks on a media house and journalists and said, “During the World War II, journalists were killed during covering the war…But there’s no war in the country. We condemned the attacks on the journalists.”
The ruling party leader said killing, vandalism, anarchy, bombing and hartal are the main characteristics of BNP politics. “We urge BNP to come to democratic politics shunning the politics of annihilation…Come to the path of election,” she added.
AL leaders Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel Haque,Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Mofazzel Hossain Chowdhury Maya, AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Mrinal Kanti Das were, among others, present at the press conference held in the afternoon. – UNB