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14-party, UNA agree to participate in polls as per constitution

14-party, UNA agree to participate in polls as per constitution

The Bangladesh Awami League-led 14-party alliance and Jatiya Party-led United National Alliance (UNA) have agreed to participate in the next elections as per the constitution, local media reports said.

“We’ve agreed to join the next elections according to the constitution and law of the country,” Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader told reporters on Monday (Nov 5) night at Ganabhaban emerging from a dialogue between the two alliances.

The Awami League general secretary said a positive and constructive discussion took place in a very friendly environment where the two sides also reached a consensus to contest the polls and form the government together.

“We’ve agreed that the 14-party and the Grand Alliance will fight elections and constitute government together,” he said.

About the seat sharing among the Grand Alliance, the Awami League general secretary said the issue is yet to be finalised. 

“The issue is yet to be finalized with the components of the 14-party and the Jatiya Party,” he said, adding that it will be finalized through a small committee.

The dialogue between the two alliances kicked off in the evening at the Banquet Hall of Ganabhaban.

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member delegation of the 14-party alliance at the dialogue, while a 32-member UNA team was led by Jatiyo Party and UNA Chairman H M Ershad.