Prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina will exchange greetings with political leaders, who took part in the pre-election dialogues, at her official residence Ganabhaban.
Hasina made the disclosure at a joint meeting of the party’s central working committee and advisory council on Saturday.
‘Our party president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina will invite all the leaders, who took part in the pre-election dialogue in November 2018, to a pitha utsab [a festival of traditional Bengali cakes] at Ganabhaban,’ AL information and research secretary Afzal Husein told New Age after the meeting.
The decision came at a time when the main opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front demanded national dialogue for holding a free, fair, neutral and fresh general election within the constitutional framework scrapping the December 30 general election marred by fraud and flaws.
Hasina held weeklong dialogues at Ganabhaban with alliances and political parties, including the Jatiya Oikya Front, the Left Democratic Alliance, the Jatiya Oikya Front and the Jatiya Party.
Members of the 81-member central working committee of Awami League and 40-member advisory council of the Awami League attended the joint meeting at the party’s central office at Bangabandu Avenue on Saturday with party president Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
It was the first central joint meeting of the party after a 47-member cabinet, including prime minister Sheikh Hasina, took oath on January 7.
In the opening speech of the meeting, Sheikh Hasina called the seven people elected in the 11th parliamentary elections on December 30 from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Gono Forum, to take oath and join the parliament for the interests of democracy of the country.
‘In the interest of democracy, those who are elected from opposition parties should join the parliament,’ Hasina said.
The joint meeting mainly discussed organisational issues and party president instructed central leaders to work for increasing organisational strength of the party, AL presidium member Muhammad Faruk Khan told New Age.
The meeting also discussed party programmes to observe Ekushey February marking the language movement on February 21, anniversary of the historic address of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 7, his birth anniversary on March 17 and the Independence Day on March 26, Faruk Khan added.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader gave interlocutory speech at the meeting also attended, among others, by presidium members Matia Chowdhury, Mohammad Nasim. Kazi Zafrullah, Mohammad Abdur Razzaque, joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman.
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