BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today alleged that the ruling Awami League is staging a drama with the dialogue initiative to put the blame, if it fails, on the opposition.
“We have always been keen on holding dialogues. It is they (AL) who are unwilling to take part in it,” Fakhrul told reporters at the party’s headquarters.
He insisted that his party still believes that an effective dialogue can still be held.
“Our leader (Khaleda Zia) is willing to sit for dialogue any time after 6:00pm Tuesday,” he said.
“But Awami League will have to take the first initiative in this regard,” the BNP leader added.
Asked why the 60-hour countrywide hartal was not withdrawn even after the PM’s invitation to Khaleda to dialogue, Fakhrul claimed that there was no scope to withdraw the shutdown at the time the premier called Khaleda.
He, however, pointed out that his party has yet to receive a reply to the letter he sent to the PM through Syed Ashraful Islam.
Alleging that police opened fire on peaceful hartal processions without provocation, Fakhrul demanded stopping such practice immediately.
Source: The Daily Star