Staff Correspondent

Welcoming the Sammilito Jatiya Jote led by Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad to Ganobhaban, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday called upon the Jatiya Party to work with her party to continue the country’s development spree.

And it will be possible through holding a meaningful parliamentary election, she added.

“As we are exchanging views and holding talks with all political parties over the next polls, to hold a meaningful election to continue the development. I’m thanking all of you for taking part in the dialogue,” she said in her welcome address.

She said Bangladesh got independence under the supreme leadership of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“We all will have to fulfill the dreams of father of the nation. We are now trying our level best to take the country forward. And Jatiya Party was always with us. Jatiya Party always cooperated with us to make Bangladesh a happy and a prosperous country. I’m giving thanks to the Jatiya Party for being with us,” Prime Minister said.

He said people will exercise their voting rights in the upcoming elections.

Earlier, a 33-member delegation of Sammilito Jatiya Jote led by Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad sat in a dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganobhaban in the evening in a bid to reach a consensus over holding the next general election in a fair and credible manner.

The dialogue between Hasina-led 14 party alliance and Sammilito Jatiya Jote began at 7:30 pm.

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday night invited Jatiya Party to join the talks.

Earlier, Ershad sent a letter to Sheikh Hasina seeking dialogue with her party over the upcoming general election.

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.