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Oikyafront’s dialogue with 14-party ends
Jatiya Oikyafront’s second round of discussion with Awami League-led 14-party alliance over the upcoming general elections has ended.
Dr Kamal Hossain, a key leader of the newly formed opposition alliance, led an 11-member delegation to the three-hour long talks which began at 11:00am at Gono Bhaban in Dhaka.
Other delegation members of the Oikyafront are ASM Abdur Rob, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mostafa Mahsin Mantu, Subrata Chowdhury, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, SM Akram, Abdul Malek Ratan and Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed.
On the other hand, Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led a 12-member delegation of the 14-party ruling alliance at the talks.
Her delegation included Obaidul Quader, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Mohammad Nasim, Rashed Khan Menon, Hasanul Haq Inu, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Advocate Anisul Huq, Dr Dipu Moni, Advocate SM Rezaul Karim and Abdus Sobhan Golap.
Before entering Gono Bhaban, Awami League’s senior leader and presidium member Tofail Ahmed said there is no scope to accept any demand beyond the constitution.
Meanwhile, BNP Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed said they are optimistic about the talks.
WHAT ARE TODAY’S AGENDA?
In today's talks at the Gono Bhaban, the Oikyafront is likely to place proposals for dissolution of parliament before the polls and downsizing the Hasina-led cabinet to 20-22. It may also suggest inclusion of at least two Oikyafront leaders in her cabinet as technocrats, according to sources.
HOW WERE THE TALKS INITIATED?
Dr Kamal on behalf of the Oikyafront wrote to the PM on October 28, requesting her to hold talks. On October 30, the PM invited the alliance for talks at her official residence on November 1.
Dr Kamal Hossain leaves his Bailey road residence to join the dialogue on November 7, 2018. Photo: Mohammad Al-Masum Molla
Bikalpadhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on October 30 wrote to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also president of ruling Awami League, for talks over holding the upcoming general election in a free, fair and inclusive manner.
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad also sent a letter to PM Hasina on October 31 to join talks over the upcoming election, and PM on the same day replied him with an invitation to sit for dialogue on November 5.
PM also invited the Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), a platform of the left-leaning parties, to sit for talks.
WHAT ARE OIKYAFRONT’S DEMANDS?
The 11-point goal announced by the alliance includes ensuring checks and balances in the state power, decentralisation of administration, freeing MPs from the stringent restrictions imposed on them under article 70 of the constitution, formation of a constitutional commission to make appointments to all constitutional and other important posts and full independence of the judiciary.
The alliance also announced a seven-point demand, including the one for holding the next parliamentary election under a nonpartisan government, dissolution of parliament before the polls and recasting the Election Commission.