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Zaker Party on talks with PM: 'Most fruitful'

Obaidul Quader claimed that nothing contradictory was on the agenda put up by the Islami Oikya Joteduring the meeting

Update : 06 Nov 2018, 10:20 PM

Zaker Party Chairman Pirzada Alhaj Mostafa Amir Faisal Mujddedi has termed the dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina most fruitful.

In his reaction after the dialogue held at Ganabhaban, he said: “The dialogue has been very lively, and most fruitful.”

He was talking to reporters at the end of the two-hour meeting that started around 2pm on Tuesday.

Around 52 representatives from 12 Islamic parties and alliances under the banner of “Islami Oikya Jote” took part at the meeting.

This is one of the several talks that the government has initiated with different political parties and alliances ahead of the 11th general election.

Faisal said: “Unstable situations transpire before every general election. We think there must be a permanent solution to this. This time, we need to contest in the upcoming general polls under the current government. It will be a test. We want to see how much success this decision brings.”

“For us, our national interest is above everything else. Zaker Party possesses 2.5% - 3% votes, out of the total vote-bank. It means – Zaker Party has 2.5 – 2.8 million voters all across the country. For justifiable reasons, we asked the Prime Minister for five seats in the upcoming election” he said.

“We do not want another bloodbath in Bangladesh. We want the democratic base of our country to be strengthened and reinforced. We want peace, harmony, and goodwill to prevail in this land. Our goal is to make way for a fair and effective election, through which the parliament can become vibrant and dynamic, and the country’s ongoing progress can be sustained,” he added.

Zaker Party’s Senior Vice Chairman Dr Saim Amir Faisal also expressed his thoughts regarding the dialogue. 

Claiming that the dialogue was satisfactory, Abdul Latif Nezami, chairman of a faction of the Islami Oikya Jote said: “We urged the prime minister to resolve the ‘polls-time government issue’ according to the constitution.”

“There is a conflict among all the political parties regarding whether or not the general election will be held under a partisan, a neutral or a caretaker government,” he added.

The Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said: “All the discussants have reached to a consensus that abides by the values of the Liberation War and the ideology of independence.”

The Islamic parties praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for successfully running the country for the last 10 years and vowed to help her to retain power.

Obaidul Quader claimed that nothing contradictory was on the agenda put up by the Islami Oikya Jote during the meeting. 

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