Staff Correspondent

Ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday held talks with Juktafront led by AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury at Gono Bhaban over the upcoming general election.

Ahead of the discussion meeting Juktafront leader Badruddoza Chowdhury expressed his optimism that a logical solution to the existing differences could be reached at through dialogues.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also President of Awami League in her welcome speech said that Awami League will hold talks with all political parties to make sure that the forthcoming national election is held in a free, fair and credible manner.

She also invited all parties to take part in the next general election to make it all-participatory.

The dialogue began at 7:30pm, where a 21-member delegation from Juktafront, led by Prof Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury joined it.

Besides Chowdhury, BDB General Secretary Maj (retd.) Abdul Mannan, BDB Presidium Members Shamsher Mabin Chowdhury, Golam Saewar Milon, Abdur Rouf, Muhammad Yusuf, BDB Vice President Mahmuda Chowdhury, BDB Organising Secretary Barrister Omar Faruk, former lawmaker HM Golam Reza, Bangladesh Liberal Democratic Party (BLDP) President Najim Uddin al Azad, BLDP General Secretary Delwar Hossain, Bangladesh NAP Chairman Jebel Rahman Gani and its Secretary General M Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, National Democratic Party (NDP) Chairman Khandaker Golam Mortuza, and Janata Party President Sheikh Asaduzzaman were in the delegation team.

PM Sheikh Hasina-led 14-party alliance talked with Juktafront, while top leaders parties were present.

Earlier, the top leaders of Juktafront met at Badruddoza Chowdhury’s Baridhara residence at 3:00pm in the same day to fix their agendas for the dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Juktafront was supposed to hold a briefing at Badruddoza Chowdhury’s Baridhara residence after the dialogue session.

Mentionable, Bikalpadhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on October 30 wrote to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also president of ruling Awami League, for talks over holding the upcoming general election in a free, fair and inclusive manner.

BDB Presidium Member Abdur Rouf Mannan and its Organising Secretary Omar Faruk, along with the letter, went to Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office around 6:00pm and handed the letter over to AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader.

Responding to Juktofront’s call for dialogue, PM Sheikh Hasina on October 31 invited them for talks at the Gono Bhaban around 7:30pm today.

AL Publicity Affairs Secretary Hasan Mahmud and Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil went to Badruddoza Chowdhury’s residence with the PM’s invitation letter.

Earlier at a meeting, BDB presidium members welcomed the prime minister’s response to political parties’ proposal for engaging in dialogue and expressed their desire to hold talks with her (Hasina).

The reaction came after PM Hasina responded to the call of Jatiya Oikyafront leader and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain to sit for talks over the upcoming election.

During a meeting of the party’s presidium members, Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury, also a former president, welcomed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her willingness to sit for such dialogue with the opposition political parties ahead of the upcoming general election.

Following decision of the presidiums’ meeting, B Chowdhury sent the letter to the PM.