Dhaka – Bangladesh’s major opposition political group has sat with the ruling Awami league led coalition for the second round to iron out issues over credible holding of the next general election.
The leaders of the Jatiya Oikya Front led by former foreign minister Kamal Hossain entered Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s official Gonobhaban residence Wednesday morning to discuss about their seven-point demands that they see as pre conditions for joining the election likely to be held in December.
ASM Abdur Rab, 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 joined the meeting began at 11 am.
Sheikh Hasina, president of the Awami League, was leading a 12-member delegation of her 14-party ruling alliance. She was assisted by Obaidul Quader, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Mohammad Nasim, Rashed Khan Menon, Hasanul Haq Inu, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Anisul Huq, Dipu Moni, SM Rezaul Karim and Abdus Sobhan Golap.
The Oikya Front leaders said that they were not happy with the outcome of the meeting held on November 1. They will press for their seven-point demands, including dissolution of parliament, formation of a neutral administration and release of jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
Khaleda has been in jail since February after she was convicted in a graft case in February. She was convicted in yet another corruption charge in October.
The ruling Awami League has launched the series of meetings with political parties as Bangladesh has to conduct its national election by January 28.
Obaidul Quader, general secretary of the party said that the dialogue will be fruitful.