Ganobhaban is set to hold talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front over the next general election on Friday, November 2, 2018. Photo: UNB
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) – A day after her discussion with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sat in talks with Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front on Friday evening over the next general election.
The dialogue began at 7:45pm at Prime Minister’s official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina is leading a 14-party delegation at the dialogue while Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president and Jukta Front chairman Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury a 21-member team.
The other Jukta Front delegation members include BDB secretary general Maj (retd) Abdul Mannan, its presidium members Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Golam Sarwar Milon, Abdur Rouf Mannan, Mohammad Yousuf, vice president Mahmuda Chowdhury, former MP HM Golam Reza, BLDP president Nazimuddin Al Azad, its general secretary Delwar Hossain, Bangladesh NAP chairman Jebel Rahman Gani, its secretary general M Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, National Democratic Party (NDP) chairman Khandaker Golam Mortuza, and Janata Party President Sheikh Asaduzzaman.
The Jukta Front joined the dialogue with the Prime Minister over its seven-point demand. The demands include dissolving or making inactive parliament to create a level-playing field for all candidates, election-time government, bringing all of those directly or indirectly involved in the election process under the Election Commission, deploying army with limited power, refraining from using EVMs in the next general election, releasing political prisoners and disposing of election-related cases within one month into the election.
After the talks, the Jukta Front leaders will hold a press conference at B Chowdhury’s Baridhara residence around 11pm, BDB president’s press secretary Jahangir Alam told UNB.
On Thursday night, the Awami League-led 14-praty alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront had marathon discussions at Ganobhaban over the next general election.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member 14-party delegation while Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain a 20-member Jatiya Oikyafront team in the discussion.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina invited B Chowdhury to join the talks at Ganobhaban as he sent a letter to her seeking talks over the next polls.