Bikalpadhara Bangladesh chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to bring all sides to the discussion table to end the country’s present crisis.
The former Bangladesh President made three suggestions, which he described as ‘tablets’ to cure the country’s present ailment.
He hoped the two major parties would heed them to give the people a respite.
He was speaking at an event on Tuesday amid a political stalemate arising from the BNP-led alliance’s countrywide transport blockade demanding a snap general election and the ruling Awami League’s refusal to concede any ground.
A participant at the roundtable discussion sought his ‘prescription’ to the country’s current malady, as Chowdhury is also an eminent doctor.
“There is indeed a prescription,” the amused doctor-cum-politician said and made the following three suggestions:
First, he said, the prime minister must be broad-hearted. She must love the people of the country and not just its geographical entity. She must bring everybody closer.
Second, the country’s political crisis has to be solved through dialogue and not with guns. The opposition party will carry on its programme demanding talks, but the prime minister must initiate the discussions.
“If you (prime minister) give a call, the opposition party will have to suspend its agitation for seven days, not more than that. If the talks fail, the agitation will resume,” he said.
Third, everyone must be invited to the talks. But the views of those who command 30 percent of the votes should be given importance.
In an obvious reference to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, “I have prescribed three tablets today. If they don’t work, it might become necessary to administer injections.
“I am 83 years old. I have seen a lot of politics and have struggled a great deal. Heed my advice.”
The discussion, organised by the pro-BNP Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad, a body of professionals, was held at the National Press Club.
Badruddoza Chowdhury had become the country’s president with BNP backing but stepped down after losing its confidence. He then went on to form Bikalpadhara.
Before the stalled 2007 election, he had joined the Awami League-led Grand Alliance but is currently close to the BNP.
“This is a national crisis, and it should be seen as such. It cannot be suppressed with the help of police, the BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) and RAB (Rapid Action Battalion),” he said.
The Bikalpadhara chairperson, whose father Kafil Uddin Chowdhury was an Awami League leader, praised the nation’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s daughter Hasina.
He urged her to take the initiative as the prime minister to solve the present crisis.
“I know you are a brave woman. You have the courage to summon a dialogue. Your father was a brave and broad-hearted person, and you have inherited those qualities from you father.”
“I also know you want an end to the present situation soon. But those around you are coming in your way.”
“All I can say is that we are all children of this country. We want to build it together. As the prime minister, you can save the country. People are looking at you for a solution,” he said.