Tofail hopes BNP would contest next polls

Staff Correspondent  | Published: 14:52, Jan 13,2018 | Updated: 15:01, Jan 13,2018

Tofail Ahmed

Tofail Ahmed. — UNB file photo

Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed on Saturday hoped that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party would contest the next polls and it would be an inclusive and participatory one.

He said the election would be free fair and neutral.

The minister came up with the speech at a debate programme in the capital.

‘We earlier called them for dialogue (over general elections) but they rejected our proposal. This is why there is no initiative for dialogue now,’ he added.

The minister said the next general elections would be held in line with constitution under the incumbent government.

The minister echoed the speech of prime minister Sheikh Hasina who said on Friday that the next polls would be held towards the end of this year as per the constitution and hoped that all registered parties would participate in the polls.

Sheikh Hasina made the speech in her televised address to the nation marking the fourth anniversary of the second consecutive tenure of her government.

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