Dhaka – Leaders of the Awami League-led ruling alliance and Gono Forum-led opposition combine have began a dialogue to end discontents over credible holding of the next election, due by January.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, invited the leaders of the newly formed Jatiya Oikya Front at her official Gonobhaban residence in the evening.
Kamal Hossain, leader of the Oikya Front, entered the Gono Bhaban flanked by senior leaders of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and leaders from the other smaller political parties to join the dialogue at around 7 pm. He led a 20-member delegation.
The opposition alliance, formed last month, put a seven-point charter of demands, including release of jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia, to be met before the election, schedule of which is likely to be announced on Sunday.
In her introductory speech, Prime Minister Hasina said the Gonobhaban is for all.
“I welcome you all to today’s meeting,” she said welcoming the invited guests. She also highlighted achievements that her government made over nearly past 10 years in office.
“Our goal is to change people’s fate by taking the country forward through overall development,” she told the delegates before the close-door meeting began.
The prime minister also remembered the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Liberation War martyrs.