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It is only possible by Sheikh Hasina. As a real democrat, she has taken a correct and time-befitting decision to open talks with her archrivals.
She has conviction and passion. And she can accommodate all irrespective of cast, creed and ethnicity and political belief too.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina certainly knows how to deal with the prevailing situations created by the people who have even not a bit respect to the Constitution and democracy and the ideals upon which Bangladesh was founded.
When people feel the country’s democratic transition is likely to be thrown into turmoil again by a clash between the ruling Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Sheikh Hasina’s political wisdom of accepting the Kamal Hossain-led opposition Jatiya Oikyafront’s dialogue offer is a matter of relief for the country.
As the country’s voters, who support either the AL or BNP to form the next government, want to see free, fair and credible elections, such a wise move by Sheikh Hasina, who is also AL president, will cause a gentle wind to blow across the country.
Braving all odds, such as receiving repeated death threats to her life, activities of anti-liberation forces and killers of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, militancy and political crisis, Sheikh Hasina has been working for the development and prosperity of the country in many areas, especially social, political and economic, at dizzying speed.
Besides, the bureaucrats who were reluctant to carry out their regular work and ensure implementation of important projects or other works relating to the public interest on time are now under tremendous pressure as the prime minister directly oversees their activities.
Domestic crises apart, many influential foreign countries, including the US, UK, Japan, Australia and Canada as also the UN have already called upon her to hold the next election with the participation of all parties.
It is interesting to note that the premier did not bow to mounting foreign pressure to accept other political parties’ demands and instead diplomatically dealt with them.
In view of the latest development in the country’s political arena, people are now focusing on the urgent need for a meaningful dialogue between the ruling AL and Oikyafront, which they believe will ensure an inclusive and competitive election in a peaceful and congenial atmosphere.
However, some political analysts say the Sheikh Hasina’s government may face some challenges, but she remains confident that she will be able to overcome all obstacles and make life easier for the people.
Peace loving people and pro-liberation forces want to get rid of the curse of frequent terror acts patronised by what they say the BNP and its coalition partners, the anti-liberation forces.
The people are now very cautious about choosing their next government as they do not want a repetition of killings, corruptions, irregularities, and patronising of war criminals.
Apart from civil society members, university teachers, political analysts and free thinkers, most people now think if the BNP joins the next polls and achieves victory, the party will be desperate to take revenge against its political opposition instead of doing good for the people. And the country will be pushed again into a horrific situation similar to what happened in its previous tenure
Besides, BNP has repeatedly failed to strengthen its ongoing anti-government movement as most of its high-ranking leaders including district and municipality units’ presidents and secretary reside in the capital Dhaka. And they remain out of touch with grassroots’ leaders and workers.
Seeing no hope for itself, the party has at last formed an alliance with Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain.
On Sunday, Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, sent a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a dialogue over national election.
Oikyafront sent another letter to Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader urging the ruling party to engage in a dialogue with it over the election.
On Tuesday the AL invited the opposition Jatiya Oikyafront to a dialogue at the prime minister’s official residence Gonobhaban in the capital Dhaka tomorrow.