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PM will hold talks with political parties again

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold talks with all political parties again, said Obaidul Quader, general secretary of Awami League on Sunday.

The prime minister will send letters inviting them to a dialogue, he told reporters at the AL’s central offices on Bangabandhu Avenue and announced the new round of talks.

The decision comes after the Jatiya Oikya Front called for a ‘national dialogue’ after it boycotted the 11th national parliamentary election.

On Dec 30 the Awami League won an unprecedented third consecutive term in office in a landslide victory. Meanwhile, the Oikya Front, which won only eight seats, called for fresh elections,.

The Kamal Hossain-led alliance then announced plans for a ‘national dialogue’. The programme was dismissed as ‘laughable’ by Obaidul Quader two days ago.

The Awami League general secretary did not specify when the talks would take place.

“We may discuss various issues,” he said in response to a question. “We can renew calls for the BNP to sit in parliament and renew our relationship.”

Quader also drew the media’s attention to Kamal Hossain’s recent comment that it was ‘wrong’ of him to stand beside Jamaat-e-Islami candidates in the election.

“Jamaat means BNP and BNP means Jamaat,” the Awami League leader said. “Kamal Hossain must make amends for taking the step despite knowing this.”

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