POLL-TIME GOVT

AL rules out talks with BNP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jan 14,2018 | Updated: 23:57, Jan 13,2018

 
 

Ruling Awami League on Saturday ruled out the possibility of holding a dialogue on election time government with political parties before the next general election, scheduled later this year.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said that before the 10th parliamentary election in 2014 prime minister Sheikh Hasina had offered the then leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia a dialogue on the election time government but she denied it in a ‘bitter way.’
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said at a press conference at the office of party president Hasina at Dhanmandi-3 that the next general election would be held
as per the constitution.
‘A mini cabinet would be formed and they would assist the Election Commission to conduct the election,’ said Quader.
‘The election time government would perform only routine works and refrain from taking any major decision and help the EC for holding an inclusive, free, fair and credible election,’ Quader added.
Quader said that there was no possibility of holding any dialogue with Bangladesh Nationalist Party before the next general election as demanded by the party.
He made the comments reacting to BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s claim over people’s frustration on the prime minister’s address to the nation on Friday that did not mention anything about holding a dialogue on the election time government.
‘Most of the people were happy about the speech of the prime minister,’ said Quader.
Joint general secretary of the party Mahbubul Alam Hanif, and party leaders Habibur Rahman Siraj, Ahmad Hossain, Sujit Roy Nandi, Delwar Hossain, Abdus Sobhan Golap, Biplab Barua and others attended the press conference. 

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