Hasina invites Khaleda to Gono Bhaban

Hasina invites Khaleda to Gono Bhaban

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has invited opposition leader Khaleda Zia to Gono Bhaban, her official residence, Monday evening to discuss about polls-time government.

The PM also urged the BNP chairperson to withdraw the call for 60-hour hartal, Ashraful Alam Khokon, the PM’s deputy press secretary, told The Daily Star.

The BNP chairperson was at her home Gulshan when she talked with the PM.

Earlier, the PM phoned Khaleda at 1:15pm “but failed to reach” despite trying for half an hour, PM’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told The Daily Star.

While addressing a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan yesterday, Khaleda threatened with a 60-hour hartal from tomorrow morning if the government does not initiate talks with her party by today over formation of a non-partisan election-time government.

The BNP chief on October 21 proposed forming a non-partisan polls-time government headed by a respected person to be chosen by consensus between the ruling and opposition parties and that 10 advisers would come from the caretaker governments of 1996 and 2001.

Khaleda came up with the proposal in a counter move to the prime minister’s recent offer to form an all-party election-time government.

In her proposal, the PM however didn’t clarify who would head the all-party polls-time government.

On October 22, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on behalf of the BNP-led 18-party alliance sent a letter to ruling AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam for holding a dialogue on Khaleda’s formula on polls-time government.

Source: http://www.thedailystar.net

Accessed on 26/10/2013

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