Islami Andolon won’t take part in dialogue with president

  |  Saturday, January 1st, 2022 |  4:21 pm

Islami Andolon Bangladesh Ameer and Charmonai Pir Mufti Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim on Saturday announced that they would not take part in dialogue with the President.

“We took part in dialogues with President Abdul Hamid in 2012 and 2017 from a sense of civic responsibility but the fact is that none of our constructive proposals was evaluated. He couldn’t rise above the interest of the party which had selected him as the president. As the two previous dialogues failed to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of people, the ongoing dialogue will also be no exception to it,” he said.

“The most frustrating thing is that the President neither brought the EC under accountability nor took any punitive action against the commission for holding disgraceful elections. So, we consider the dialogue with the President as meaningless,” he added.

Islami Andolon Bangladesh thinks that it will not be justified to take part in such “a non-appealing and insignificant” dialogue going against the people’s hopes and inspirations, he said.

Mufti Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim announced the decision at a press conference held at the party’s central office at Purana Paltan in the capital on early Wednesday afternoon.

Even, no sign of interest has been seen among the thinkers, political researchers and country’s people about dialogue with the President, they predict that the dialogue will be fruitless, said Rezaul Karim.

He placed a seven-point proposals, formation of an election-time interim national government, and placing Public Administration, Law, Home and Information ministries under the EC during the elections.

Earlier, on December 29, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced that the BNP standing committee decided not to take part in any dialogue with President Abdul Hamid.

Amid the various speculations about BNP’s participation in the talks, the party made its stance clear on it even before receiving the invitation from Bangabhaban for joining the dialogue.

Fakhrul disclosed about the decision after a meeting of the party standing committee, the highest policy-making body.

Besides, Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) and a faction of Gano Forum led by Mostofa Mohsin Mantu also announced not to take part in dialogue with the President.

President Abdul Hamid began talks with registered political parties over the formation of the new Election Commission on December 20.

The tenure of the current EC, led by KM Nurul Huda, will expire on February 14 next year.

As per the constitution, a new Commission must be formed before the expiry of the present EC.