AL sees “no necessity” of dialogue ahead of national election  
October 20th, 2018 at 5:43 pm
AL sees “no necessity” of dialogue ahead of national election  

Dhaka – The ruling Awami League party has ruled out possibility of holding a dialogue with other political parties for holding a credible national election due by January next year.

There is no necessity for dialogue with any political party, the party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Saturday, two days after election commission officials said that the schedule for the national election is likely to be announced in the first week of November.

“So, who will hold dialogue with whom,” Quader said referring to time constraint as the election schedule is coming only in 10/12 days.

New polarization in politics surfaced as the election time nearer with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party forging alliance with Gana Forum led by Kamal Hossain and few other smaller parties.

The BNP, which boycotted the previous January 5, 2014, election over a demand for constitution of a non-party administration for credible holding of the election, is seemingly desperate to join the election.

The party has been trying to gain strength against the ruling Awami League party after top leaders of the BNP has been convicted in graft and murder.

The chief of BNP, Khaleda Zia, has been in jail since February after a court convicted her in a graft case and jailed for five years. Her elder son Tarique Rahman, also the acting chairperson of the party, was recently convicted and sentenced for life in prison for his role in carrying out attack on an Awami League rally in 2004 in Dhaka.

The opposition parties have been seemed to have wanted a political dialogue ahead of the election.

But the AL sees no such atmosphere.

“No situation has been prevailing for a dialogue, it is unnecessary,” said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister. He was talking to reporters at the party chief’s political office in Dhanmondi.

Referring to the formation of a new political alliance and their meeting with foreign diplomats, the AL leader said that the leaders of the Jatiya Oikya Front (the name of the new alliance) prioritized the foreigners. “They don’t have any acceptability to the people, he added.

The Front was formally announced on October 13 with seven-point demands, including formation of a neutral administration and release of Khaleda Zia, ahead of the election.