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Oikyafront to send another letter to PM seeking dialogue again

Staff CorrespondentDaily-Bangladesh.com
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Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, is going to send another letter to Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday seeking the second phase of talks with her over the next general election.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the alliance’s steering committee at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber on Saturday night, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

He said the letter will be sent to Awami League President’s Dhanmondi office on Sunday morning.

“Jatiya Oikyafront had a dialogue with her (PM) on November 1, and it was discussed that a small-group dialogue with us can be held again. Based on that, the Prime Minister will be given another letter tomorrow (Sunday),” the BNP leader said.

In the letter, he said, they will mention about the Oikyafront’s letter sent to the Election Commission urging it not to announce the election schedule as long as the dialogue is over.

Fakhrul hoped that the talks will be held on a small-scale on the country’s current political crisis.

The meeting that began around 7:00 pm continued until 9:00 am with Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair.

Apart from Dr Kamal and Fakhrul, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president ASM Abur Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Gono Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mohammad Mansur, AHM Mostafa Kamal and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury were present at the meeting.

Earlier in the day, Dr Kamal, on behalf of the Oikyafront, sent a letter to the Election Commission urging it not to announce the schedule for next election until the ongoing dialogue ends.

On November 1, a 23-member delegation of 14-party, led by Sheikh Hasina, sat in talks at Ganobhaban with Dr Kamal Hossain-led 20-member Oikyafront team.

After the meeting, Oikyafront leaders said they placed their seven-point demand before Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina but did not find any specific solution except some good words about rallies and meetings.

Sheikh Hasina invited the Oikyafront leaders to join the dialogue on October 29 following a letter sent to her by Dr Kamal Hossain on behalf of the alliance, seeking talks on election issues.


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