Rupayan Dewan and Major Pele of the PCJSS had a meeting with Mr. Dipankar Talukdar MP, State Minister, Ministry of CHT Affairs, yesterday in Dhaka. The meeting lasted for about 40 minutes in the morning.
During the meeting the PCJSS leaders raised the present state of the case against the CHT accord of 1997 after the recent hearing by the Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court. On 3rd instant the Appellate Division stayed the High Court’s verdict pronounced on 13 April 2010 till it is settled.
The PCJSS leaders emphasized for a political solution of the issues of the case through their Constitutional recognition, as the issues covered under the High Court’s verdict will remain hanging with uncertainty till the Appellate Division pronounces its verdict.
The leaders also wanted to know whether the proposed Strategic Management Forum has been formed. Mr. Talukdar said that it was proposed but no action has yet been taken. After this reply, the PCJSS leaders said, “But there is seen imposition of restrictions on political activities of the regional political parties in Khagarachari. The PCJSS also was not allowed to inaugurate its party office at Karangatoli Bazar in Baghaichari, a few months ago.” The leaders requested the minister to oversee these issues otherwise it would affect the civil government and its lawmakers.
The issue of holding a meeting, as proposed by Begum Sajeda Chowdhury MP on 11 Jan 2011 to the PCJSS delegation, between the PCJSS leaders and the Prime Minister, was also discussed. Mr. Talukdar said that he would meet Begum Sajeda and would request her to contact with the PM and set a date for the meeting, in his presence.
Another round of meeting will be held very soon to discuss some other issues.