He was commenting on Thursday’s dialogue between the prime minister and Jatiya Oikya Front while speaking as the chief guest at an event
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said: “Politics should be compromising and just.”
He was speaking as the chief guest during the inauguration of a Visitors’ Centre in the Dogachi area of Sreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Friday morning.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges minister, said: “We all know that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally killed on August 15, 1975.”“His killers were rewarded, and their trials were stopped by the fifth amendment indemnity. Still we practice politics. There should be a ‘working understanding’,” he said.
Quader went on, saying: “When Begum (Khaleda) Zia’s son Koko died, our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to console her, but she did not see her. Even the main gate of the building was closed. Our leader came back feeling insulted.”
“A big gap has been created because of the August 15 and 21 incidents,” he said.
“This is the first time in the history of Bangladesh that a prime minister has sat with the opposition for a dialogue. We the party leaders never thought of it. We definitely have different views, and so does BNP. Still, we did what the prime minister told us to do, as we have full faith in her. Whatever she will do is for the sake of the state,” Quader further said.
Quader mentioned that the dialogue would continue until November 8, but that there would be no talks on Saturday (November 3) because of Jail Killing Day.
He said: “Dr Kamal came to the dialogue along with Mirza Fakhrul and ASM Rab. They spoke openly for three and a half hours. It was a good discussion, and if they want they can come again. There is big gap which was created a long time ago.”
“The August 21 (2004) grenade attack is a sensitive issue, and it took place during the BNP regime. Twenty-two people died, including (AL Women's Affairs secretary) Ivy Rahman. Still we compromised,” he said.
The AL general secretary added: “There were several killing attempts against Sheikh Hasina, but she has put those behind her for a new beginning. The door is open to the opposition for more talks.”
“We are hopeful about the dialogue. We have no objection to the three demands out of their seven-point demand. It was a good start. Along-distance gap over a long period cannot be magically transformed overnight, and it cannot be shutdown either.”
Quader further said: “There were some positive developments during Thursday’s dialogue. We have asked them to send a list of BNP leaders and activists – those who have political cases and arrest warrant against them – so that it can be taken care of.”
On Thursday, a 20-member delegation led by Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain went to Ganabhaban to participate in the dialogue proposed by Dr Kamal, to which the prime minister agreed.
Some members of the Oikya Front group included: BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP Standing Committee members Dr Khandaker Mosharraf and Dr Abdul Moin Khan, Jatiya Samajtantrik DalPresident ASM Abdur Rab, and Nagorik Oikya convenor Mahmudur Rahman Manna.