Oikya Front seeks talks again with PM

04 Nov,2018


Opposition political alliance Jatiya Oikya Front on Sunday sent a letter to prime minister Sheikh Hasina for holding dialogue again.

Jatiya Oikya Front top leader Kamal Hossain sent the letter addressing Sheikh Hasina saying that the discussions at their first meeting remained incomplete.

‘So, we are eager to sit for another dialogue to complete the discussion urgently,’ the letter said, suggesting small-group discussion over the next general election, scheduled to be held by January 28, 2019.

Gono Forum presidium member Jaglul Haider Afrik and two other leaders brought the letter to the Awami League office at Dhanmondi at about 12:00 noon.

Awami League office assistant Alauddin Ahmed received the letter, Jaglul confirmed to BDchronicle.

The letter was sent a day after the front sent another letter to the Election Commission not to announce the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections until the ongoing dialogue between ruling and opposition parties and alliances ends.

Earlier on November 1, a 20-member delegation of the Jatiya Oikya Front led by Kamal Hossain, also president of Gono Forum, held a dialogue with Awami League-led 14-party alliance at Ganabhaban.

Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member delegation at the talks.

Thanking the prime minister for holding the talks, Kamal Hossain said in the Sunday’s letter that the discussions at their first meeting remained incomplete.

‘During the talks held at Ganabhaban on November 1, the seven-point demand of Oikya Front was discussed,’ Kamal Hossain said in the letter.

‘We earnestly thank you for taking the initiative for holding the talks. Although the talks went on for a longtime, our discussion remained incomplete,’ he added.

‘So, we are eager to sit for another dialogue on behalf of Oikya Front to complete the incomplete discussion urgently,’ Kamal said.

‘In this regard, a small-group discussion is essential including experts of both the parties to assess the constitutional and legal aspects of the demands,’ he said.

The letter also informed Sheikh Hasina about the letter of Oikya Front that was sent to election commission Saturday requesting the EC not to declare polls schedule until the dialogues end.

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said that the dialogue may happens but he insisted that the dialogue should be held before November 7.

‘If the Oikya Front leaders want to sit again for dialogue, they would try for that as the door for discussion is open,’ he told reporters at the secretariat on Sunday.

‘We want to hold the next dialogue before November 7,’ he added.

The November 1 dialogue between Sheikh Hasina and Oikya Front leaders hardly yielded any outcome as the BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters that they were ‘not much satisfied’ over the dialogue.

Kamal Hossain at a press conference later said that they found no solution to the political deadlock.

In the dialogue, the front placed seven-point demand, including resignation of the government, formation of a party-neutral government through discussion with all political parties, dissolution of the parliament and reconstitution of the Election Commission before the next general election.

Sheikh Hasina on Saturday criticised the BNP and the Jatiya Oikya Front for announcing programmes for movement at a time when a dialogue was taking place about the national election.

‘When a dialogue is going on, I see they're announcing programmes for a movement. They're holding the dialogue on one hand and declaring programmes for the movement on the other. We don't understand what type of a dialogue is this,’ she said addressing a discussion organised by Awami League at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh marking the Jail Killing Day.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday said that they would not go for movement if the current political crisis was resolved through prime minister Sheikh Hasina's talks with Oikya Front based on its seven-point demand.

‘Make the talks fruitful, then the opposition parties will not walk towards the movement,’ Rizvi said at a press conference at the BNP central office.

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