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Kaler Kantho
Date: 8 November 2018
News Title: "Bangladesh Daily Optimistic About Finding Solution to Prevailing Political Crisis Through Dialogues"

Editorial: "Second-Phase Dialogue Between Government, Opposition Concludes: Still There is Hope"

Like the 1 November talk, all the attention of the people was on the talk at Ganabhaban [official residence of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh] held on 7 November. On this day, the Jatiya Oikya Front [JOF - national unity front] sat in dialogue with the government for the second time. From the immediate reaction of the talk, it can be assumed that, like the first time, the second round of meeting failed to bear any outcome. The main reason for this may be the non-compromising position of the two sides. But it is not like that nothing has been achieved from the dialogue. It is not insignificant that the two main political parties of the country sat for dialogue to find a solution to a common problem. This may be so that no party wanted to move an inch from their positions. This does not mean that there is no end in sight for talk. Both parties can discuss sitting for a new talk. Since the tension has started to melt, it will not take much time for things to return to normalcy. We want to ensure a democratic environment. Now the most sought after thing in Bangladesh is a participatory election. All the parties did not participate in the 2014 national polls. Thus, the elections were not acceptable to everyone. To make sure that nothing like that is repeated, the dialogue had been held. For a long time, the main two political rivals stopped communicating with each other. Considering that fact, the face-to-face talk of the two sides is not insignificant. In the previous dialogue, the Prime Minister sought a list of false cases. In the talk on 7 November, BNP gave a partial list.
It is too early to measure the success of the talk. No solution was found in the second round of dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the JOF leader Mahmudur Rahman Manna. When he came out of Ganabhaban on 7 November, to the journalists, he said, "The discussion was not successful. The talk did not produce any result." On the other hand, Bangladesh Awami League [BAL] leader Tofail Ahmed told reporters, "The dialogue ends here. There will be no objection if they if they want to sit again after the announcement of the schedule." This means that even if no effective solution could be found, but the time is not running out. There is still chance. There is still time to start once again. For the sake of the country's democracy, arrangements can be made to convince both the sides to sit in talk once again. The political observers, too, think that solutions can be found in dialogue. The same situation prevails like the one after the first dialogue. So there seems to be no problem to sit in dialogue repeatedly to find solutions. The political observers believe that both sides must show enough patience and tolerance. In no way, the stable democratic environment is allowed to be destroyed. This issue will have to be kept in mind, during the announcement of any political campaigns ahead of the national polls, we think.