Business leaders going to meet Hasina, Khaleda tonightNew Age Online
Amid the crippling blockade and worsening political violence, the country’s top business leaders decided to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, Monday night, reported UNB.
‘We’ve already started for Ganabhaban,’ former BGMEA president Abdus Salam told UNB over phone.
They will also hand over a memorandum to the prime minister seeking an amicable solution to the current political crisis, sources at the prime minister’s office said.
The leaders going to meet the country’s two top leaders are from the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), Bangladesh Textiles Mills Association (BTMA), Dhaka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and other trade and chamber bodies.
After the meeting with the prime minister, they will meet BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, he said.
On Sunday, top business leaders sent out a strong message for the two top leaders — prime minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia — and urged them to stop violence immediately giving space for smooth functioning of the country’s economy.
‘We can’t be helpless witnesses to the gradual destruction of the sector (RMG). You (Hasina-Khaleda) can do politically whatever you like, but nobody has the right to destroy the RMG sector. The RMG sector is our pride,’ president FBCCI Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed told reporters at a joint press conference at BGMEA on the day.
BGMEA president M Atiqul Islam also urged the two top leaders to stop violence. ‘We call upon the two leaders (Hasina-Khaleda) to stop (political) violence. The RMG sector can’t be the victim of your politics… we want security… we want to do business smoothly,’ he said.
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