Bangladesh opposition wants dialogue for restoration of caretaker system

Police arrest activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) during a protest in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, Jan. 6, 2013. Bangladesh's main opposition alliance of the 18 opposition parties led by BNP attended a strike against price rising of diesel,petrol and kerosene. (Photo : Xinhua/Shariful Islam)

In medical science, BNP (B-type natriuretic peptide) is a simple, safe blood test that can help doctors evaluate cardiac function. Natriuretic peptides are part of the body’s natural defense mechanisms designed to protect the heart from stress and play an important role in regulating blood circulation.

Cardiologists are exploring the role of BNP in coronary artery disease. A normal BNP level is about 98% accurate in ruling out heart failure. And, in general, the higher the level, the worse the heart failure.

In Bangladesh, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is an integral part of body politics that need to be neutralized for regulating the democratic system and thus save the nation from a collapse.
The leading European business institution, BNP Paribas has recently published a book “Dialogue” reflecting its commitment to Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR).
However, the “Dialogue” carries a different meaning to Bangladeshi BNP that also requires to be committed more to the causes of the people and the country than their “Paribars”

BNP Chairperson and the Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad, Begum Khaleda Zia on Tuesday responded to the government’s proposal for dialogue, saying her party will only negotiate if the Awami League-led coalition agrees to restore the caretaker arrangement for holding the next parliament elections.

“Our demand is clear; the government’s formula on the next election won’t work. No election can be held under their supervision,” she made it clear at a discussion organized to mark the 34th founding anniversary of BNP’s student wing Jatiyatabi Chhatra Dal at the city’s Institution of Engineers.

“Our formula is clear, too. The next election will have to be held under the supervision of an impartial non-party government”, she said in a clear term.

“The tenure of the caretaker government will have to be 90 days and it will have to comprise an impartial chief and 10 impartial advisers,” she said.

“To make this happen, table a bill on a non-party government in Parliament immediately”, Begum Zia said leaving a little room for the ruling Awami League to maneuver.

The opposition chief insisted that discussions could be started, if necessary, on the “outline of a non-party government” for holding the polls.

Earlier in the day, BNP Standing Committee Member Tariqul Islam had said that his party was ready for talks anytime. But he denied that the government had already made an offer for dialogue.

Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam on the eve of the new year opened the floor saying that “the only way to reach a solution is through dialogue. No other alternative is available,”

He also hinted that there were already backroom efforts to get the negotiations going.

“The sooner the dialogue takes place and an agreement is reached, the better for the country and its democracy,” he had said.

Syed Ashraf’s remarks came within a day of the party’s national council where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League President, had ruled out a return to the caretaker arrangement.

This has fuelled speculations whether the offer for a dialogue is merely to buy time and bring the Opposition back to Parliament. But the BNP leadership is insisting that the demand for the caretaker arrangement is effectively non-negotiable.

Responding to Syed Ashraf’s comments, Khaleda said, “We don’t believe in secret discussions. We think holding it is a crime.”

Khaleda also alleged the government was making such calls to her party for talks only to what she said to confuse people.

The BNP has been threatening of boycotting the next general elections saying no fair election can be held under a partisan government.

The government’s proposal to end the political impasse through dialogues will not help, BNP Standing Committee Member Tariqul Islam said on Wednesday.

“The government is trying to defuse the existing political crisis by talking about dialogues. But the crisis cannot be solved this way,” said Islam, while addressing a protest rally in front of BNP headquarters at Naya Paltan.

“The government has to amend the Constitution by accepting the demand for a neutral caretaker government,” he insisted. “They (the government) don’t have an alternative to not accept this demand (of caretaker government).”

Islam suggested that it would be better for the government to accept the opposition’s demand for caretaker system to oversee national elections.

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