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Oikya Front sends letter refusing PM’s invite

  • Published at 03:18 pm February 1st, 2019
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File Photo of Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina leads the dialogue between the ruling alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Right, Dr Kamal Hosain and Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir among the other members of the Oikya Front delegation Habibur Rahman

A three-member delegation delivered a letter to Ganabhaban on Friday

Hailing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for inviting its leaders over for tea, Jatiya Oikya Front sent a letter to Ganabhaban explaining the reason behind its decision not to join it on Saturday.

The letter signed by the Oikya Front Steering Committee Member Subrata Chowdhury was sent to the prime minister’s official residence on Friday, reports UNB.

A three-member delegation of the alliance went to Ganabhaban carrying the letter in the morning, Oikya Front's office chief Jahangir Alam Mintu confirmed.

Prime Minister's Protocol Officer 2 Khorshed Alam received the letter.

The letter read: "We thank you for inviting us to exchange greetings over tea at Ganabhaban on February 2. The issue of the honourable prime minister's tea party was discussed as one of the agenda at today's (Thursday's) meeting of the Jatiya Oikya Front steering committee.”

The letter also read that the steering committee unanimously decided not to take part in the tea party.

"The government formed through a farce in the name of an election on December 30 is in no way a moral one. People's minimum democratic rights and their authority to elect representatives through exercising their voting rights were snatched on that day," the letter further mentioned.

Furthermore, the letter added: “The Oikya Front's several thousand leaders and activists have been in jail while many leaders and activists of the alliance are still being arrested in new cases.

"Under the circumstances, it is not possible in any way to join the tea party.”

On January 26, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited Jatiya Oikya Front senior leaders to exchange greetings at Ganabhaban over tea on February 2.

The alliance top leaders, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, sat twice with the prime minister on November 1 and November 7 last last year at the Ganabhaban before the 11th general elections.

Jatiya Oikya Front was formed on November 13 comprising BNP, Gono Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab) and Nagorik Oikya. Later, Abdul Kader Siddique-led Krishak Sramik Janata League also joined the alliance.

Awami League, led by Sheikh Hasina, formed the government for the third consecutive term following its landslide victory in the December 30 election.

Turning down the election results after bringing the allegation of “massive vote robbery”, the front demanded re-election.