Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB) – Leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, reached Ganobhaban to join talks with 14-party leaders, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Out of 21 Oikyafront delegation members, 15 leaders, including BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and standing committee member Mirza Abbas, started their journey to Ganobhaban from Kamal Hossain’s residence around 5:25pm, said Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury.
Other members reached Ganobhaban by the scheduled time.
The country’s two major ruling and opposition alliances are set to sit in the much-sought dialogue at Ganobhaban in the evening in a bid to reach a consensus over holding the next general election in a fair and credible manner with the participation of all parties.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead a 23-member 14-party delegation while Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain the 21-member Jatiya Oikyafront team in the discussion to be held at 7pm.
The other Oikyafront delegation members are BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, JSD president ASM Abdur Rob, vice president Tania Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya’s Mahmudur Rahman Manna and SM Akarm, Gono Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, executive president Subrata Chowdhury, Jatiya Oiky Prokriya’s Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed, ABM Mostafa Amin, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, BNP standing committee members Dr Abdul Moyeem Khan, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Gano Forum leaders Mokabbir Khan, Jaglul Haider Afrik and AHM Shafiq Ullah.
The names of the last five delegation members were added today, raising the total to 21 from 16.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand.
The Oikyafront’s seven-point charter of demands include installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the Election Commission, release of all the political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.