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BNP to join talks if fresh polls on agenda: Fakhrul

Published : Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 691

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said that Jatiya Oikyafront would decide whether it would sit for a fresh round of talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina once the agenda is set.
He also reiterated that Oikyafront remains intact and there is no conflict among its partners as the aim of them is restoration of democracy in the country.
"The issue of scraping the election must have to be there as an agenda and then we will consider about the talks," Fakhrul, also spokesperson of the Oikyafront, said while talking to reporters after offering prayers at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) in Sylhet.
BNP, Jatiya Oikyafront and eight left-leaning democratic alliance have been demanding a fresh election bringing allegations of vote rigging, ballot stuffing and violence in the December 30 national elections.
Amid the demand, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would invite opposition political parties for dialogue with her.
Responding to a query over the issue, Fakhrul said, "We don't know what will be the agenda of the talks. Our only agenda is to have the election revoked. Jatiya Oikyafront will consider joining the dialogue if election-centric agenda is fixed."
He said the December-30 elections must be annulled and the present Election Commission will have to be reconstituted to hold a fresh national elections under a non-party neutral government.
"The government will have to be formed through holding a credible election under an impartial government and Election Commission," he said.
The BNP leader said the fresh initiative for dialogue will not be fruitful like the one held before the 11th parliamentary election if their demand for holding a fresh national election under a non-party government is not accepted.
"A black chapter of the country's history was drafted through the December 30 national election," Fakhrul said alleging that the ruling quarter has snatched people's democratic rights to vote freely violating the constitution.
Responding to another query about BNP's participation in the local government election, Fakhrul said, "It is not a major concern for BNP as it does not ensure change in the state power."
"The entire world has seen how incapable our Election Commission is to hold a free, fair and credible national election. So, there is no question to take part in any election under its management," he added.
Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain appreciated the Prime Minister's decision to hold fresh talks with political parties, saying it is a positive step.
Fakhrul together with Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President ASM Abdur Rab, Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddiqui, Gano Forum Executive President Subrata Chowdhury and General Secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu reached Sylhet by air around 11:45am.
From the airport, they went to the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal and Shah Paran.
Later, They  went to violence-hit Balaganj upazila where a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was gunned down by criminals on December 30, the voting day.
The Oikyafront leaders offered fateha at the grave of slain Balaganj JCD general secretary Sayem Ahmed Sohel, and meet his bereaved family members to console them.
The Oikyafront leaders also visited some election violence-hit areas in the upazila before returning to Dhaka.

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