Dhaka – Top and mid-ranking leaders of different political parties joined a gathering hosted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Gonobhaban residence on Saturday apparently to look for cooperation to implement her pledges she made ahead of the last year’s general elections.
The Prime Minister invited all the leaders of the political parties, which joined a series of pre-election dialogue for credible holding of the polls, at the tea-party to exchange greetings with them after her Awami League’s landslide victory in the December 30 election.
The leaders of the Jatiya Oikya Front, which accommodated Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance, headed by Kamal Hossain did not turn up to the gathering as the alliance rejected the election result calling it a rigged one.
The government dismissed the allegations.
Obaidul Quader, the general secretary of the ruling party, said it was a follow up meeting with leaders of the political parties after the election.
“At the end of the election, we seek your cooperation and the prime minister wants to fulfill her electoral pledges that she had made before the nation word by word,” said Quader, also the Road and Bridges minister of Hasina’s cabinet.
He, on behalf of the prime minister, sought active cooperation from the leaders.
The Prime Minister, who invited leaders of 54 political parties to her tea party, exchanged pleasantries with the leaders as she went round different tables set for the guests, talked to them and enquired about their well-being.
Front ranking leaders of different political parties including Awami League, Jatiyo Party, Workers Party of Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Inu), Jatiya Party (Monju), Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Ganotantri Party, Samyabadi Dal, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, Islami Oikya Jote, Tariqat Federation, Bangladesh Nationalist Front are among others attended the tea party.
Parliamentary Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, senior AL leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Matia Chowdhury, Mosharraf Hossain, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Nurul Islam Nahid, Faruk Khan, Abdul Matin Khashru, Abdur Razzak, Hasan Mahmud, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Education Minister Dipu Moni, Jatiya Party senior leader and former opposition leader Raushan Ershad, Jatiya Party Co-Chairman Ghulam Muhammad Quader, Secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Ruhul Amin Hawlader, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, Anisul Islam Mahmud, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Sunil Shubho Roy, JAPA President Anwar Hossain Manju, JASOD President Hasanul Haque Inu and General Secretary Shirin Akhtar, JASOD (Ambia) leaders Moinuddin Khan Badal and Nazmul Haque Prodhan, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon and General Secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha joined the tea party.
Bikalpa Dhara President Badruddoza Chowdhury, Its leaders MA Mannan, Mahi B Chowdhury, Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Islami Oikya Jote President Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury, Tariqat Federation President Nojibul Bashar Maizbhandari, Samyabadi Dal President Dilip Barua, BNF President Barrister Nazmul Huda also attended the gathering.
The guests were entertained with traditional foods and cakes of Bangladesh including chatpati, fuchka, muri, chanachur, and bhapa, chitai, patisapta and puli pitha .