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  • Published at 09:25 pm November 7th, 2018
Focus Bangla
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks during a dialogue with leaders of 24 unregistered parties, at Ganabhaban on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Focus Bangla

The prime minister urges all political parties to work together for Bangladesh’s development

24 unregistered political parties have expressed their support for holding the next general election under the Awami League-led government, as per constitution.

The parties expressed their support at a dialogue with the Awami League-led 14-party alliance at Ganabhaban, the official residence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday.  

The dialogue began around 7:30pm, and ended at 10:15pm.

The leaders of the 24 parties submitted 7-point demands to Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.

After the dialogue, Trinomul BNP leader Nazmul Huda, a former leader of BNP, said the election must be held under an elected government, as a government that was not elected has no responsibility to the people and country.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said there was no example of a prime minister attending dialogues as Sheikh Hasina had in the history of politics.

Leaders of 24 unregistered political parties during a dialogue at the prime minister's official residence Ganabhaban on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | Focus Bangla

He added that the prime minister’s press briefing on the dialogues, originally scheduled for Thursday, had been postponed so it would not conflict with the election schedule announcement.

Earlier, welcoming the leaders of the political parties at the talks, Sheikh Hasina said: “Awami League will not regret if it fails to form the government again.”

She further said: “It does not matter who comes to power next, we just want the course of development in Bangladesh to continue.”

The prime minister, however, added: “Awami League was able to solve the maritime boundary disputes, and the land boundary conflicts in a friendly manner.”

She also urged all parties to work together for the country’s development.

The parties who were at dialogue are– National Democratic Alliance, Bangladesh National Alliance, Bangladesh Social Development Party, Bangladesh Gonotantrik Oikya Front, NAP Bhashani, National People's Party, Bangladesh National Democratic Front, Jukta Front, Gano Front, Prgogotishil Jote, Bangladesh Gonotantrik Mukti Andolan, Jatiyo Ganotantrik Jote, Bangladesh Satyabrata Andolan, Oikya NAP, Okyaboddho Nagorik Andolan, Gonotantrik Bam Oikya, Bangladesh Krishak Shramik Party, Progotishil Gonotantrik Dal, Bangladesh Muktojoddha Oikya Jote, Bangladesh Gonotantrik Oikya Jote, Trinamool Jatiyatabadi Gonotantrik Andolan, Jatiya Swadhinata Party, Bangladesh Jatiya Party and Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mohajote.