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Badruddoza Chowdhury urged Prime Minister to initiate dialogue with Khaleda Zia

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AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury

The Bikalpadhara Chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury

17 February 2015, Nirapad News: The Bikalpadhara Chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has urged the government to initiate moves to end the political crisis in Bangladesh. Talking to the press at his Baridhara residence in Dhaka, Chowdhury said: “I wish to tell the head of the government “please phone Khaleda  Zia and talk to her”. “The country is burning, People are dying, economy is being ruined and it’s not a big issue whether the government is elected or not; now the government has to take a prompt initiative for a dialogue,” he told journalists on Monday.

“You are in the government, so your responsibility is more than that of others, sit in Dhaka or in Cox’s Bazar,  you have to hold dialogues in the interest of the country and it’s you who has to resolve the crisis,” he added. “The situation which has been created in the country cannot be allowed to go on. An end to it is urgently needed,” he said.

The former president requested the BNP to strike a compromise for a political dialogue. Referring to Hasina’s statement that she would not go for any dialogue with ‘the killer’, he said: “It’s not fair, bargaining is a part of politics, Bangabandhu  had sat with his arch enemies and bargained.” Chowdhury said Hasina had sat with the BDR mutineers and ‘terrorists’ of Chittagong Hill Tracts so he asked: “Why can’t you sit with Begum Zia?”

He criticized Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan for his remark during a programme held near the BNP chief’s office. “I heard the shipping minister said that Khaleda Zia would be hauled to Kashimpur jail unless she called off the blockade and shutdown. This statement of the shipping minister is ridiculous, it harms the dignity of politicians.”

He also criticized the government’s cutting off of food supplies to Khaleda Zia’s office. “Bikalpadhara is against violent politics, shutdowns and blockade hurt the country and lead to people’s suffering, we think political parties should think of new & alternative programmes to these violent ones,” he said.

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