Govt alone cannot resolve Yunus issue: B`desh minister
A top leader of Bangladesh`s ruling party has said that "no one-sided" solution to the issue of removal of Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus from Grameen Bank was possible.
Dhaka: A top leader of Bangladesh`s
ruling party has said that "no one-sided" solution to the issue of removal of Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus from Grameen Bank was possible despite the government`s willingness for an "honourable settlement".
"We always wanted an honourable resolution to the
issue. But one-sided solution to the problem is not possible
unless all the sides come forward," local government minister
and ruling Awami League`s general secretary Syed Ashraful
Islam told reporters last night after emerging from a party
He declined to elaborate on the issue since the matter
was pending for a Supreme Court decision but said that "it was
not the government, but Yunus who dragged it to the court".
Islam`s comments came as the apex Appellate Division
of the Supreme Court yesterday adjourned until April 4 the
hearing on Yunus`s appeal against his removal from the Grameen
Bank amid reports of a negotiation process for an amicable
settlement of the issue outside the court.
The adjournment visibly allowed both sides to take
more time to reach a compromise as insisted by the United
States and other major development partners but no progress on
the talks was reported by either sides.
Islam`s comments came amid growing international
criticism against Yunus`s unceremonious dismissal from the
pioneering microfinance bank that he founded three decades
Yunus earlier this week told a foreign newspaper he
was "not a political threat to anyone" in Bangladesh and would
like to resolve issues "if any" with Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina as the negotiation process were launched.
"The real issue at stake is the right of the bank`s
8.3 million borrowers to control their own financial future or
whether they will be forced to cede their control to outside
authorities," Yunus said.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith last week said the
government looked for ways for an amicable settlement of the
Yunus issue as he visibly rallied huge international support
behind him since his removal from Grameen Bank last month.
But an anti-Yunus campaign by a section of Awami
League was underway despite the launch of the process while
the Daily Star newspaper quoting the party "insiders" said the
"party high command instructed a section of its leaders,
including some top-ranking ones, to conduct the campaign".
The 70-year-old Nobel laureate was fired from his
position as the Grameen Bank`s managing director last month as
the Bangladesh Bank found that his 2000 appointment as the
microlending agency`s executive chief was faulty because the
central bank`s mandatory approval was not obtained at that