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Already all the alliances have taken part in dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina since last Thursday. The dialogue began with Jatiya Oikyafront going to Ganobhaban first, later Dr Badruddoza-led Jukta Front, HM Ershad-led United National Alliance, 12 prominent Islamic parties and the Left Democratic Alliance Joined the process till last Tuesday. On Wednesday, Oikyafront sat for the second time with the PM though they also at the same time took part in a big rally at Suhrawardy Udyan to press home their demands for a neutral poll time government, deployment of army with magistracy power, non-use of EVM machine during voting etc. This alliance is also threatening to carry on with their agitation in the streets outside the dialogue as a tactic to put pressure on the government. Dr. Kamal Hossain has declared in the Suhrawardy Udyan rally that if the government does not accept their 7-point demands they will go for on-the-street agitation. Oikyafront is expected to march towards Rajshahi on 8 November and towards the Election Commission on 10 November.
But it may be recalled that the government had clearly mentioned early on that Awami League will not go beyond Constitution.
Meanwhile Jatiya Party has given its consent to taking part in the poll and there are rumors that JP might even go for contesting in all 300 seats if they are not given a fair number of seats as an alliance member. But it is believed that their demands will be settled through amicable discussion. After the 2nd meeting with Jatiya Oikyafront, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to present a summary in a day or two regarding the outcome of the dialogue.
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner has made announcement that he will address the nation at 7pm on Thursday regarding declaration of poll schedule.
It is widely believed that the BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront might go for unconventional ways to put pressure on the government to realize their demands. People in general are apprehending violence in the streets like they have seen in 2014-2015.