No talks on caretaker issue now, AL tells alliesAdmin
Allies of the Awami League could not raise the issue of an election-time interim government at a meeting on Tuesday as senior leaders of the ruling party stopped them saying that it did not want to discuss it at the moment.
The AL leaders told the alliance partners that the ruling party wanted to take time and watch developments before holding discussions on the issue.
The Awami League conveyed its views five days after some of the alliance leaders other than Awami League at an ‘informal’ meeting reportedly had said that they wanted the next parliamentary election to be held under an interim government formed by consensus.
Tuesday’s meeting with the alliance coordinator Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in the chair discussed the situation that emerged after the ‘informal’ meeting of some of the alliance leaders.
Leaders of the alliance partners at Tuesday’s meeting held at the AL president’s Dhanmondi office wanted to start discussion on the issue, meeting sources said. But senior AL leaders told them that the party was not willing to discuss the issue at the moment.
The alliance decided to form its district committees as early as possible to gear up its activities to protest against the plots to foil the
trial of war criminals.
The alliance may shift its human chain programme to March 13 or 14 from March 11, after the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party holds its scheduled rally in Dhaka on March 12, meeting sources said.
The AL-led alliance has chalked up a series of programmes, including rallies at district headquarters for March 9 and a divisional rally in Khulna for March 23, in protest against the conspiracies to foil the trial of war crimes.
Senior leaders of the alliance will attend the district rallies on March 9, the meeting sources said.
Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal general secretary Dilip Barua, also industries minister, censured the alliance leaders who had held the ‘informal’ meeting on February 23 termed it a ‘move to isolate Sheikh Hasina.’
The AL advisory council member Tofail Ahmed, requested the alliance partners to refrain from holding such meetings saying the opposition might take advantage of such actions.
Tuesday’s meeting was attended, among others, by AL advisory council leader Amir Hossain Amu, joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon, politburo member Fazle Hossain Badsha, Samyabadi Dal general secretary Dilip Barua, politburo member Abu Hamed Shahabuddin, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal general secretary Sharif Nurul Ambia, central leaders Moinuddin Khan Badal and Shirin Akhter, Ganatantri Party general secretary Nurur Rahman Selim, Gana Azadi League president Abdus Samad and Communist Kendra leader Asit Baran Roy.