Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday rejected the possibility of holding talks with BNP before 2019.
He made the statement at the 4th decade anniversary and reunion programme of Jahangirnagar University chemistry department while replying to questions of journalists after his speech at the programme as the chief guest.
The minister said: “Khaleda Zia was invited for talks before the January 5 polls last year but she arranged hartals and cordons instead. The people of the country did not accept her movements.”
Regarding questions on the press conference of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her proposals, the commerce minister said the proposals were unreasonable and such course of actions have taken aback her own party men.
He said as she realised violent actions would not bring any good to them, she approached with the 7-point demands to keep her honour unaffected.
Tofail said: “Earlier, we approached them several times for holding talks but BNP did not response. I think she needs to wait more four years.
“The next parliament elections would take place within the 90 days after current government’s tenure ends and talks may be held then. Her proposal is irrational and that kind of discussion is not realistic.”
JU former vice-chancellor Prof Shariff Enamul Kabir, JU Vice-Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam, parliament member of Savar and Ashulia area Dr Enamur Rahman, pro VC Prof Abul Hossain were also present at the programme.