Positive vibes from the parties
We are relieved to see that the January 5 programme of the two major political parties has passed off peacefully. But we are even happier and encouraged to note the positive tone and tenor of the comments coming from the BNP and Awami League (AL). There is hint of new politics, where both parties have called for a more peaceful path that does not involve violent confrontation, vandalism and arson.
BNP chairperson has called for dialogue on elections. This is the demand of a political party that can be addressed appropriately by the ruling party. As for the AL, it has also called for more peaceful politics. It is certainly a day to celebrate when we hear statements about peaceful raising of voices of dissent from the leader of the largest opposition party, who was in the recent past all belligerence. That violence begets violence and the casualties of such action are the people and the economy seems to have dawned not only upon the opposition but the party in power as well. The conciliatory tone that came from the AL General Secretary calling for a peaceful approach in politics could perhaps be the beginning of a new chapter in our political history where past hostilities are set aside in the best interests of the nation.
All in all, we are encouraged by the positive attitude and shunning of violence and we hope, as we enter into a new year, this will usher in new political development in the country and democracy will manifest itself completely in our national politics.