On Saturday morning, 13 parties including Awami League sat in discussion with the EC.
13 parties including Awami League sat with the Election Commission to discuss the progress of preparations for the 12th National Parliament elections.
The meeting started at 10:30 am on Saturday at the election building in Agargaon. 22 parties including Awami League were invited for discussion in the morning but nine parties did not attend.
The parties’ president and general secretary or two nominated representatives of the parties are present in these discussions with the EC officials.
The EC had invited a total of 44 teams for discussions on Saturday in two parts, 22 each in the morning and afternoon.
In the morning the meeting was called- Awami League, Islami Oikyajot, LDP, Trinamool BNP, NDM, Bangladesh Congress, Bangladesh National Awami Party, BJP, CPB, Bangladesh Muslim League, NPP, Jamiat Ulamae Islam Bangladesh, Ganoforum, Demokrati Party, Islamic Front Bangladesh, Bangladesh Welfare Party, Bangladesh Supreme Party, Khilafat Majlis, BML, BNF, Ganofront and Insanitya Biplab Bangladesh.
Among them, BNP’s like-minded LDP, BJP, Kalyan Party, Jamiat Ulamae Islam, CPB, Democracy Party, BML, Bangladesh Muslim League, Khilafat Majlis did not attend the meeting.
On the other hand, at 3:30 p.m.- BNP, JP, Bangladesh Samyavadi Dal (ML), Bangladesh Tariqat Federation, Krishak Sramik Janata League, Workers Party of Bangladesh, Alternative Dhara Bangladesh, Jatiya Party, Jasad, JSD, Zaker Party, Basad, Bangladesh Khilafat Andolan were called. , Bangladesh NAP, Bangladesh Jatiya Party, Bangladesh Khilafat Majlis, Islami Andolan, Bangladesh Islamic Front, Bangladesh Revolutionary Workers Party, Muktifauz, Bangladesh Jasad and BNM.
Director of EC Public Relations Branch. Shariful Alam informed that they sent letters to 44 parties including major political parties for this discussion.
Violence has also erupted amid the tumultuous political situation over the polls. The urge for dialogue to resolve differences has come from various quarters including parties; There is also a rush in diplomatic circles. However, the dialogue with BNP is still not compatible.
BNP General Secretary and several leaders have been arrested. BNP and like-minded people are not getting response to EC’s invitation as before. As the central office was closed, the party could not even receive the EC’s letter this time.
Top leaders of BNP were arrested after the October 28 clash. In this situation, the party’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi termed the EC’s dialogue as a ‘mockery and farce’.
On Friday, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader also said, “The bloodshed and violence they (BNP) have caused in Dhaka…there is no question of dialogue with this terrorist group.” The Election Commission is an independent body, it is their business if they dialogue.”
After the current commission headed by Kazi Habibul Awal took charge, some parties including BNP did not participate in the two-way dialogue with the political parties. That is why BNP and like-minded parties and 9 parties boycotting dialogue including CPB, Basad were invited for informal talks last March, but the parties did not respond.
Preparations for voting are now underway. But the BNP is in a program like hartal-blockade amid the dispute over the voting system. The heat of politics has already turned into violence. Several leaders of the party, including the BNP general secretary, have been arrested. The office of BNP has also been locked since Saturday.
In this situation, when asked whether like-minded people including BNP will respond to EC’s call, the Commission Secretary Md. Jahangir Alam declined to comment.
However, in this situation, the letter of the EC sent to the parties to discuss the progress of the polls states that a discussion meeting has been arranged on November 4 with the main participants of the elections, the registered political parties, including the progress of the pre-preparation for the 12th National Assembly elections. Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal will preside over the meeting and Election Commissioners will be present.