Dhaka – The ruling Awami League party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has agreed to hold discussion with a newly-formed opposition alliance ahead of the next national election due by December.
“Sheikh Hasina’s door is not shut for anyone, never remained shut for anyone,” general secretary of the party Obaidul Quader told reporters referring to Prime Minister’s sincerity for an inclusive election.
Quader, also the Roads and Bridges minister, came up with the discloser ro respond to a letter sent Sunday by Jatiya Okiya Front leader Kamal Hossain who sought talks ahead of the general election.
The ruling party has earlier been denying any dialogue with the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party as top leadership of the party is convicted of corruption, money laundering and grenade attacks on an AL rally.
On October 13, the BNP forged alliance with Kamal Hossain’s Gono Forum and few other opposition parties. Kamal sent a letter to the Awami League chief Hasina seeking a meeting to hold discussion over the opposition’s seven-point demands including release of jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia ahead of the election.
Khaleda is convicted in two graft cases. She has been in prison since February.
Responding to questions from reporters, Quader said AL president Sheikh Hasina will lead the dialogue on behalf of the party.
The venue and time for the proposed talks will be fixed later, said the minister adding that the dialogue would take place before the election commission announces the schedule for the parliamentary polls.