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Ball on PM’s court, says Kamal, PM assures of holding fair polls, says Quader
Leaders of the Jatiya Oikya Front after the second round dialogue with Awami League-led alliance on Wednesday said that they had tried best to resolve the issues peacefully and now the ball is on Hasina’s court.
‘We have tried best and still trying to resolve the issues peacefully. Now the ball is on Hasina’s court,’ the Front leader Dr Kamal Hossain told reporters at his Bailey Road home.
He said talks may continue on the seven-point demand of the new political combine with the ruling alliance.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said there was no decision on the seven-point demand in the second round of dialogue.
Nagarik Okiya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna if the Election Commission announces polls schedule ignoring their request to defer it, they would continue with their programme of march towards the EC.
Meanwhile, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader after the dialogue told reporters that prime minister Sheikh Hasina assured the Jatiya Oikya Front leaders of holding a fair, credible and acceptable election, reports United News of Bangladesh.
The prime minister urged the Oikya Front leaders to take part in the election as a level- playing field will be created for making the election acceptable, said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.
During the meeting, the Oikya Front leaders demanded dissolution of parliament, holding of polls within 90 days of its dissolution and formation of neutral government with 10-member advisors, he said.
But their demand could not be granted as it is unconstitutional, he said.
‘Nothing will be done going beyond the constitution,’ he added.
The meeting between Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front and the Awami League-led alliance started around 11:00am and ended around 2:00pm at Ganabhaban.
Other Oikya Front delegation members include BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, its standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president ASM Abur Rob, Nagorik Oikya convenver Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mansur.
Other 14-party team members are AL general secretary and road transport minister Obaidul Quader, industries iinister Amir Hossain Amu, Ccommerce minister Tofail Ahmed, health minister Mohammad Nasim, social welfare minister Rashed Khan Menon, information minister Hasanul Haq Inu, AL presidium member Sheikh Fazlul KarimSelim, law minister Anisul Huq, AL joint general secretary Dr Dipu Moni, and AL law affairs secretary SM Rezaul Karim.
On November 1, a 23-member delegation of 14-party, led by Sheikh Hasina, sat in talks at Ganabhaban with Kamal Hossain-led 20-member Oikya Front team.
After the meeting, Oikya Front leaders said they placed their seven-point demand before prime minister Sheikh Hasina but did not find any specific solution except some good words about rallies and meetings.
On Sunday, Kamal Hossain, on behalf of the Oikya Front, sent a letter to Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina seeking the second phase of small-group talks with her over the next general election.
In respond to the letter, the prime minister invited the Oikya Front to hold the second round of talks.