Oikya Front to decide on joining talks once invited

Salman Tareque Sakil
Published : 11:30, Jan 14, 2019 | Updated : 11:58, Jan 14, 2019

Jatiya Oikya Front will decide whether to join another round of talks with the ruling Awami League once it receives official invitation, said leaders of the alliance.

When approached for comments on the matter, two top leaders of the Oikya Front told Bangla Tribune on Sunday (Jan 13) that they will discuss within the coalition and decide over it after getting invited.

Earlier on Sunday, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader told the media that party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will invite political parties for another round of talks.

Oikya Front’s convenor,Dr Kamal Hossain told Bangla Tribune, “We have been always in favour of dialogues and talks. It’s the Oikya Front which called for a national dialogue once again.”

 “The Oikya Front will seek to know (from the government) on the agenda of the talks and will decide on joining after discussing it within the coalition,” Kamal said before adding that they believe all issues should be solved through dialogues.

On Jan 10, during an event on Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day, Dr Kamal urged the government to hold a national dialogue which Awami League leader Quader initially dismissed before telling the media on Sunday that the prime minister will go for another round of talks with political parties.

The Oikya Front’s largest member BNP said that they would consider the matter after getting an invitation.
“They can invite if they want … We will decide after an invitation,” BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told Bangla Tribune.