Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the electoral process will move forward alongside discussions but there will be no more dialogue.
"The electoral process will move forward…the discussions will also continue but dialogue will not be held anymore," he said in reply to a query after a three-hour dialogue between the leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront and Sheikh Hasina–led 14-party alliance at Ganobhaban.
Obaidul Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said the Prime Minister assured the Jatiya Oikyafront leaders of holding a fair, credible and acceptable election.
The Prime Minister urged the Oikyafront leaders to take part in the election as a level-playing field will be created for making the election acceptable, he said.
"Our leader (PM) in her winding-up speech (at the dialogue) clearly requested them to take part in the election saying that she’ll prove it right what he said by holding a free and fair election," Quader said.
The AL general secretary quoted Sheikh Hasina as saying, "If people give me the mandate, we'll there in power…there’ll be no rigging and forgery in the election…it’ll be a good, free, fair, credible and acceptable election."
Over Oikyafront's demand for army deployment with magistracy power during the election, the Prime Minister informed them that army will be deployed as a striking force and they will be engaged in aid of the local administration, he said.
The Prime Minister said there is no system of army deployment with magistracy power in any democratic country.
During the meeting, the Oikyafront leaders demanded that the election be held either at the end of February or in March next after the dissolution of parliament and formation of a neutral government with a chief adviser and 10 advisers, Quader said.
He said the demand of holding polls in the 90 days after the dissolution of parliament is a plea to delay the election, which may invite recurrence of intruding ill-force like the 1/11 regime.
"We clearly told them we won’t go beyond the Constitution," he said about the formation of the election-time neutral government.
Assuring that a level-playing field will prevail during the election, the Prime Minister said all the candidates will enjoy equal facilities and no minister and MP will be able to enjoy extra facilities.
"If the Election Commission allows free access of foreign election observers to any booth or polling station, we'll have no objection," Quader quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
"Participate in the election, we want to see a free, fair and neutral election, and cooperate with us in this regard," Sheikh Hasina was quoted as telling the Oikyafront leaders.
About the demand for releasing political detainees, Hasina handed over Oikyafront’s list of detainees to the Law Minister asking him to take measures to release them if they are found truly political detainees in investigations.
Talking about announced action programmes of Oikyafront, the AL general secretary said rallies and road-march are democratic programmes. "But we can't remain silent if they engage in bomb and arson attacks while observing the programmes."
About the demand for Khaleda Zia's release from the jail, the Road Transport and Bridges Minister said they are actually seeking bail for her not her release.
court convicted her…they can fight the legal battle and seek bail from the court. If the court releases her on bail, we've no objection," he said.
Mentioning that the discussion was held in a cordial atmosphere, he said, "No unpleasant thing occurred in this talk. This is also a positive progress."
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured the Jatiya Oikyafront leaders of holding a fair, credible and acceptable election.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said this while briefing reporters after a three-hour dialogue between the leaders Jatiya Oikyafront and Sheikh Hasina –led 14-party alliance at Ganobhaban.
The Prime Minister urged the Oikyafront leaders to take part in the election as a level- playing field will be created for making the election acceptable, said Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister.
During the meeting, the Oikyafront leaders demanded dissolution of parliament, holding of polls within 90 days of its dissolution and formation of neutral government with 10-member advisors, he said.
But their demand could not be granted as it is unconstitutional, he said.
“Nothing will be done going beyond the Constitution,” he added.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) –Sammilito Jatiya Jote, led by Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad, has urged the Election Commission to announce the election schedule on Thursday (Nov 8).
The 15-member delegation of the alliance came up with the call during a meeting with the Election Commission at Nirbachan Bhaban on Wednesday.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda and other Election Commissioners were present at the meeting that began at 11:35 am.
During the meeting, the Jatiya Jote leaders placed various demands, including cancellation of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) use in the next general election and deployment of army as a striking force.
Jatiya Party Secretary General ABM Ruhul Amin Hawladar, its presidium members Anisul Islam Mahmud, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Syed Abu Hossain Babla, MA Sattar, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, Delwar Hossain Khan, Sunil Shubho Roy, SM FoysalChisti, Abdus Sabur Asud and Shafiqul Islam Sentu were among the delegation memebrs.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB)- BNP on Wednesday submitted a list of 1046 ‘fictitious cases’ filed against its leaders and activists to the Prime Ministers’ office.
BNP assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu told UNB that the list of ‘fictitious cases’ was submitted to the PMO at 11 am and PM’s Personal Secretary Abdur Rahim received it.
He said that it was a partial list and more lists will be submitted later.
Besides, BNP submitted the same list to the Awami League President’s Dhanmondi office at 11:15 am.
Office assistant Shamim Ahmed received the list, said Tipu.
During a dialogue with Dr-Kamal Hosain-led Jatiya Oikyafront on November 1 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the BNP leaders to submit a list of its arrested leaders and activists.
In a letter attached with the list, BNP requested stopping of arrest and harassment of their leaders and activists in ‘false’ and ‘fictitious’ cases and withdrawal of these cases.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – Leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront held a three-hour dialogue with 14-party alliance leaders, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday in an effort to reach an understanding over the forthcoming national election.
The meeting between Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront and the 14-party started around 11:00 am and ended around 2pm at the Prime Minister’s official residence Ganobhaban.
Other Oikyafront delegation members include BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, its standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president ASM Abur Rob, Nagorik Oikya Convenver Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mansur.
Other 14-party team members are AL general secretary and Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim, Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, AL Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul KarimSelim, Law Minister Anisul Huq, AL joint general secretary Dr Dipu Moni, and AL law affairs secretary SM Rezaul Karim
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.
On Sunday, Kamal Hossain, on behalf of the Oikyafront, sent a letter to Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking the second phase of small-group talks with her over the next general election.
In respond to the letter, the Prime Minister invited the Oikyafront to hold the second round of talks.
Besides, Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front sat in dialogue with the Prime Minister and her 14-party alliance leaders on November 2, while HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party on November 5, leaders of 12 Islamic parties on November 6 and leaders of Left Democratic Alliance on November 6.
Leaders of 14-party alliance also sat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Awami League leaders on November 4.