Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold the second phase of small-group talks with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront on Wednesday (Nov 7) over the next general election. The dialogue will be held at Ganobhaban, said Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader.
Talking to reporters after a meeting of Awami League-led 14-party alliance, he said, Dr Kamal Hossain sent a letter to the PM seeking a dialogue on a small scale involving constitution experts. In response to the letter, he said the PM has fixed Wednesday (Nov 7) for the talks.
Quader said the 14-party will face any situation, and the enemies of progressiveness in the interest of democracy unitedly. He said an evil force is trying to foil the election and such bid will be resisted with united efforts.
About the discussion on seat sharing among the 14-party partners, Quader said the PM told the 14-party leaders that the alliance will contest the election for winning it.
He said the PM also said the prospective candidates will be given nomination in every constituency from the 14-party alliance.
Talking to reporters, 14-party spokesman Mohammad Nasim said their alliance partners will join the election under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. The 14-party leaders expressed their unwavering support to Sheikh Hasina’s leadership.
Nasim also said the election must be held under Sheikh Hasina as per the current Constitution.
Earlier in the morning, Dr Kamal, on behalf of the Oikyafront, sent another letter to Bangladesh Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking the second phase of small-group talks with her over the next general election.
On Nov 1, a 23-member delegation of 14-party, led by Sheikh Hasina, sat in talks at Ganobhaban with Dr Kamal-led 20-member Oikyafront team.
After the meeting, Oikyafront leaders said they placed their "seven-point demand" before PM Sheikh Hasina but 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 Oct 29 following a letter sent to her by Dr Kamal on behalf of the alliance, seeking talks on election issues.