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Govt sat for dialogues to ensure participatory polls: PM

 Staff Correspondent :: staff-correspondent

 Published: 06:41 PM, 3 November 2018   Updated: 06:41 PM, 3 November 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (File Photo)

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (File Photo)

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the government sat for dialogues with political parties to ensure a participatory, inclusive and credible election. 

She said this on Saturday while addressing a program at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh in Dhaka this evening marking the Jail Killing Day.

She said they want a participatory poll so that the people of the country might not have to face any untoward situation due to political instability.

“We want the trend of democracy to continue that’s why we have taken part in the dialogue with an open mind. We assured them (Jaiya Oikyafront) of meeting some of their logical demands,” the Premier said.

About Jaiya Oikyafront’s demand of Khaleda’s release, the Prime Minister said it is up to the court to decide upon the issue as the judiciary is independent and the government cannot interfere with its function.

“If we had the intention of implicating her (Khaleda) for political reasons, we could have done it in 2014 for her involvement in the spate of arson attacks in the country,” she said.

It is noted that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman were not implicated in cases for political vengeance and those cases were filed by the then caretaker government.

The Prime Minister also said, “The cases against Khaleda Zia were filed during the regime of the caretaker government formed by the people of her choice, the incumbent government had nothing to do with the cases.”

Earlier, Dr Kamal on behalf of the Oikyafront wrote to the PM on October 28, requesting her to hold talks. On October 30, the PM invited the alliance for talks at her official residence on November 1.

Awami League Obaidul Quader General secretary delivered the introductory speech while members of its Advisory Council Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, Presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Mohammad Nasim, among others, took part in the discussion.

Daughter of Tajuddin Ahmed and member of Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) Simin Hossain Rimi, Dhaka North unit President of AL AKM Rahmatullah and its Dhaka South unit President Abul Hasnat also spoke on the occasion.

Awami League Publicity Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and Deputy Publicity Secretary Aminul Islam conducted the program.

On this day in 1975, four national leaders -- Bangladesh's first Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed, Syed Nazrul Islam, AHM Kamruzzaman and Captain Mansur Ali, who led the War of Liberation in 1971, were killed in captivity inside the Dhaka Central Jail.

The meeting, chaired by Sheikh Hasina herself, observed one-minute silence in memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his wife Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, martyrs of August 15 and the four national leaders.