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PM sits with JOF Nov 7 again
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will sit with Jatiya Oikya Front leaders for the second time on at 11:00am on November 7 over the upcoming general election.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said this after a meeting of the 14-party alliance at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Sunday.
The decision of the small-group meeting came after the opposition political alliance on the day sent a letter to prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina for holding a further dialogue over their demands for free, fair and credible elections.
JOF top leader Kamal Hossain sent the letter to Sheikh Hasina saying that the discussion in their first talks held on November 1 remained incomplete.
So, we are eager to sit for another dialogue to complete the discussion urgently, the letter said, suggesting a small-group for discussion over the next general election due by January 28, 2019.
Gono Forum presidium member Jaglul Haider Afric and two other leaders brought the letter to the Awami League office at Dhanmondi about 12:00 noon.
Awami League office assistant Alauddin Ahmed received the letter, Jaglul told BDchronicle.
The letter was sent a day after the Front sent another letter to Election Commission not to announce the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections until the ongoing dialogue between ruling and opposition parties and alliances ended.
Earlier on November 1, a 20-member delegation of Jatiya Oikya Front, led by Kamal Hossain, also president of Gono Forum, held a dialogue with Awami League-led alliance at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban where Sheikh Hasina, led a 23-member delegation.
During the talks, Hasina assured the front’s leaders of allowing public rallies freely ahead of the general elections and looking into spooky cases allegedly filed against main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders and activists across the country.
Thanking the prime minister for holding the talks, Kamal Hossain said in the Sunday’s letter that the discussions in 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 long time, our discussions were 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 ended.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said that the dialogue might happen but insisted that it should be held before November 7.
ÔIf the Oikya Front leaders want to sit again for dialogue, we would try for that. The door for discussion is open,Õ he told reporters at the secretariat on Sunday. ÔWe want to hold the next dialogue before November 7,Õ he added.
The November 1 dialogue between Sheikh Hasina and Oikya Front leaders hardly yielded any outcome as BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters that they were Ônot much satisfiedÕ 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 a 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 and release of BNP chairperson and all other political prisoners from jails.
Sheikh Hasina on Saturday criticised BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front for announcing demonstrations at a time when a dialogue was taking place about the national elections.
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 HasinaÕs talks with Oikya Front based on its seven-point demand.