Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.
Obaidul Quader, general secretary of the ruling Awami League, claimed on Sunday that there is currently no environment for dialogue with the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
‘They are [BNP] They once again proved that they are extremists through arson extremism. Dialogue with the extremists was impossible. Once you tell them, [BNP] In order to remove the 4 point condition. If they had lifted the conditions, we would have thought about it,” Mr. Quader told reporters at an unscheduled briefing at his office on Bangabandhu Road in the capital.
He said there was no environment for dialogue with the BNP after its actions.
Mr Quader, who is also the Minister of Roads, Transport and Bridges, claimed that the BNP had blocked his movement.
Regarding the arrested BNP cadres, he wanted to know whether any BNP cadres could avoid responsibility for the killings of police and the attacks on journalists.
AL executive committee member Mofazal Hossain Chaudhry Maya and its secretary general Biplab Barua, among others, attended the unscheduled press conference.
On Sunday, leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League party were seen on the streets of Dhaka city as well as elsewhere in the country, apparently against the BNP and other partners, as well as Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami. A two-day lockdown is in place to counter the Awami League’s demands. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has resigned and an interim government will be in place to hold the upcoming national elections.
In Dhaka and the capital’s suburbs, ruling party leaders and activists were seen marching through the streets, holding sticks, holding rallies and sit-ins.
Al Dhaka Southern Urban Force and other affiliated groups were seen camped in front of the party headquarters on Bangabandhu Road from the morning, as they had been in the days before the lockdown.
Later, a march was held to denounce the blockade.
In Dhaka, AL leaders and activists were seen camped out in various areas including Jatrabari, Demra, Gulistan, Farmgate, Mirpur, Tejgaon, Uttara and Dhanmondi.
AL Dhaka North Urban Unit held a march on the Dhaka-Aricha Expressway and held a short rally there with unit general secretary SM Manan Kachi leading the program.
Since October 28, at least 12 people have been killed and hundreds injured in clashes between the AL, BNP, and police centered around BNP rallies.
The BNP called for a dawn-to-dusk strike across the country until October 29, followed by a three-day lockdown from October 31.
The BNP and other opposition parties, along with Jamaat, are implementing a new two-day lockdown program from Sunday morning until Tuesday morning.