Political leaders, who joined a tea party hosted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, yesterday welcomed the move and lauded the gesture to be a positive sign for the future of politics in the country. Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, hosted the tea party at the South Lawn of her official residence Ganabhaban for the leaders of political alliances and organisations who joined the premier’s dialogue before the December 30 national polls.
Front ranking leaders of different political parties including Awami League, Jatiya Party, Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JASAD-Inu), JAPA (Monju), JASAD (Ambia), Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Ganatantri Party, Samyabadi Dal, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB), Islami Oikya Jote, Tariqat Federation, Bangladesh Nationalist Front attended the tea party.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, on behalf of the prime minister, later thanked the leaders of the political alliances and organisations who joined the premier’s tea party.
The prime minister arrived at the venue at 4:10 pm and exchanged pleasantries with the leaders. She went round different tables set for the guests, talked to them and enquired about their well-being.
While leaving the party, BDB chief Badruddoza Chowdhury, also a former president, lauded the initiative taken by the premier.
He told reporters that the prime minister sought unity among all, irrespective of party differences, to take the country forward.
“There will be difference of opinions in politics, but we should stand united in the interest of the country,” Badruddoza Chowdhury quoted the premier as saying.
Jatiya Party Co-Chairman GM Quader also welcomed the initiative.
“The move is aimed at building goodwill among the political leadership. This will remain as a notable precedent and will play a positive role for the future in politics,” said the Jatiya Party leader.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, on behalf of the prime minister, thanked the leaders of the political alliances and organisations who joined the premier’s tea party, adds BSS.
“You joined today’s function spontaneously and your presence is very encouraging,” he said.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said: “We didn’t only exchange pleasantries, we also shared views on different issues including political ones alongside having winter cakes.”
Regarding the prime minister’s invitation to the tea party, the AL general secretary said: “I hope that you felt well at the good initiative of the prime minister.”
Quader said the political leaders joined the prime minister’s dialogue at Ganabhaban before the December 30 polls and held open discussions with the premier. “At the end of the election, we seek your cooperation and the prime minister wants to fulfill her electoral pledges that she made before the nation word by word,” he said.
The AL general secretary said, “On behalf of our leader, I sought your active cooperation in this regard.”
According to a source at the Prime Minister’s Office, the premier invited leaders of 54 political parties to her tea party. The leaders of all political parties except BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront attended the tea party, the source added.
The lush green south lawn was tastefully decorated with ’kure ghar’, mat, ’mora’ and earthen pots, while patriotic songs were played on the occasion.
The guests were entertained with traditional foods and cakes of Bangladesh including ’chatpati’, ’fuchka’, ’muri’, ’chanachur’, and ’bhapa’, ’chitai’, ’patisapta’ and ’puli pitha’, ’zilapi’, kebab and ’nan ruti’.
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, senior AL leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Begum Matia Chowdhury, Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Nurul Islam Nahid, Obaidul Quader, Faruk Khan, Abdul Matin Khashru, Dr Abdur Razzak, Dr Hasan Mahmud, Industries Minister Nurul Majid
Mahmud Humayun, Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Jatiya Party senior leader and former opposition leader Begum Raushan Ershad, Jatiya Party Co-Chairman GM Quader, Secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Ruhul Amin Hawlader, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, Anisul Islam Mahmud, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Sunil Shubho Roy, JAPA (Manju) President Anwar Hossain Manju, JASOD President Hasanul Haque Inu and General Secretary Shirin Akhtar, JASOD (Ambia) leaders Moinuddin Khan Badal and Nazmul Haque Prodhan, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon and General Secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha joined the tea party.
Besides, Bikalpa Dhara President Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury, General Secretary Major (retd) MA Mannan, Mahi B Chowdhury, Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Islami Oikya Jote President Alhaz Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury, Tariqat Federation President Alhaj Nojibul Bashar Maizbhandari, Samyabadi Dal President Dilip Barua, BNF President Barrister Nazmul Huda and other leaders of Awami League, 14-party combine, the PM’s advisers and secretaries concerned to the prime minister were present on the occasion.