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Awami League-led 14-party will consider holding of more talks in a small-scale if Jatiya Oikyafront wants, AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said.
While detailing about the Thursday evening dialogue between the AL-led 14-praty alliance and Dr Kamal led Jatiya Oikyafront at Prime Minister’s official residence Ganobhaban, Quader said some positive developments came out from the discussion.
“If Jatiya Oikyafront wants, more talks can be taken place. Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s door is always open for any dialogue on any issue,” he told journalists while inaugurating Padma Bridge Project Area-1 Visitor Centre at Dogachi at Srinagar Maoa Ghat.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said they are optimistic over the dialogue.
“We don’t know how and in which way Oikyafront will react over talks. It depends on their (Oikyafront) observation. But we can say it was a good start. We don’t think it is a failed dialogue. Out of seven-point charter of demands, we don’t have objection on three.”
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 a fair and acceptable manner.
Obaidul Quader said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made her stand clear it would not be possible to settle down these issues overnight.
“The long distance and gap can’t be transformed magically overnight. And also it can’t be closed,” he while replying to a query said.
When asked about BNP’s allegation that the ruling AL using law enforcers is harassing and arresting their (BNP) leaders and activists across the country, he termed allegations baseless, saying the law enforcers are arresting the criminals.
“I’m requesting the BNP leaders to send a list of their leaders who were arrested on political ground. An investigation will be carried out to know whether BNP’s leaders and activists are being arrested only for political ground,” Quader said.