The business community has expressed deep concern over the existing political deadlock and demanded smooth transition to democracy and creation of a healthy political process through the holding of a participatory election at the end of the year.
The president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Annisul Haque, told reporters after a meeting between the government and a large group of businessmen at the Chief Adviser’s Office on Tuesday that almost all the participants have demanded a qualitative change in politics. They want a stable situation and want the politicians to run the country, but they also want an end to the culture of political confrontation and animosity.
Nearly 300 businessmen from different parts of the country attended the government-sponsored ‘dialogue’, which the officials said began on Tuesday with the businessmen, alongside the government’s talks with the political parties.
The FBCCI coordinated the businessmen’s ‘views exchange meeting’ with the chief adviser-led panel of advisers.
The businessmen ventilated their frustration over the uncertain situation and put forward a few suggestions for the government and the political parties for bringing about a qualitative change in politics at the meeting that lasted for nearly two hours.
They asked the government to announce a specific date for the national elections.