Terming the present political situation a “critical juncture” President-elect Abdul Hamid today said he was worried about discharging the responsibilities of the head of the state with honour.
The president-elect said he wanted an honourable exit after serving for the welfare of the people.
Hamid also sought advice and suggestion from deposed president HM Ershad who urged the new president to call all political parties to a political dialogue to overcome the political impasse.
“You are aware of the time when I got the charge. I am thinking how I should discharge my responsibilities at this critical juncture with honour,” the President-elect told a reception organised in his honour for receiving the Shadhinata Purashkar-2013 on the parliament premises.
“I seek support from the almighty Allah and all of you so that I can perform my duties for the welfare of the people and the country,” he said adding: “I want an honourable exit.” Hamid said he would welcome suggestions from the senior party leaders who could assist him in discharging his responsibilities.
Addressing the reception, former military ruler HM Ershad requested the new president to call all political parties to a dialogue to thrash out a political solution to the problem to avoid any confrontation.
“HM Ershad was a President. I must expect that he would advise me so that I can discharge my responsibilities properly,” Hamid said.
At one stage of his speech, the president-elect broke down for his departure from parliament ending a 43 years of career.
“Hartals cannot change a government. Elections have no alternative in democracy,” said Ershad with a sense of urgency for talks with the feuding parties to hammer out a solution to the ongoing political problem.
“As the President, you have a very vital role to play. You please call the parties; we will find out a peaceful way for holding the next elections,” he said adding that the right man was elected president.
The former military leader said he did not see any light at the end of the tunnel.
“I hope you will make the nation smile. We will always stand by you,” said Ershad.
In his speech, the local government minister Syed Ashraful Islam said ‘the post of president is very important in this election year’.
Presided over by the Acting-Speaker Col (Rtd) Shawkat Ali, the reception was addressed by local government minister Syed Ashraful Islam, Chief Whip Abdus Shahid, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal MP Mayeen Uddin Khan Badal, Whip Segufta Yasmin, Parliament Secretary Mahfuzur Rahman and Additional Secretary Pronab Chakrabarty.