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Jatiya Oikyafront on Sunday sent another letter to Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requesting her to hold dialogue with the alliance over the upcoming parliamentary elections once again.
Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain sent the letter. In the letter Kamal Hossain informed the prime minister about Oikyafront’s request to the Election Commission not to declare polls schedule until the dialogues end.
After the Oikyafront’s first dialogue with PM and other leaders of the ruling alliance at Ganobhaban on November 1, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said
they were not satisfied with the talks.
Dr Kamal Hossain, however, continued to his expectations, saying everything is possible if talks are held with an open mind.
Following Oikyafront leaders’ remarks AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader assured the Oikyafront that more dialogues could be taken place in small scale, if the opposition alliance wants.
Three Ganoforum leaders — Jaglul Haider Afrik, AHM Shafiq Ullah and Mostak Ahmed — carried the letter to Awami League President’s Dhanmondi office around 12 noon on Sunday.
Mostak Ahmed told journalists that they handed over the letter to an office assistant named Masud Alauddin.
Earlier on Saturday night, a meeting of the alliance’s steering committee at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber decided to send the letter to the prime minister.
In the letter, he said, they mentioned about the Oikyafront’s letter sent to the Election Commission urging it not to announce the election schedule before the dialogues are over.
Mirza Fakhrul hoped that the talks will be held on a small-scale on the country’s current political crisis.
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.
During the dialogue the Oikyafront’s placed seven-point charter of demands–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.
After the meeting, Oikyafront leaders said they said that they 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.