'Join dialogue or miss election train'

‘Join dialogue or miss election train’


The Opposition will fail to catch the train to election if it does not join a dialogue, says Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu.

At a press briefing at the Secretariat on Tuesday, Inu asked Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia to decide whether to board the “train to dialogue or to Pakistan along with the Jamaat-Hifazat and war criminals.”

When asked whether the elections would be held unilaterally if the Opposition does not join the dialogue and forthcoming polls, the minister said, “Only the future will answer this, but there won’t be any unilateral election.”

“The polls will be held in accordance with the Constitution,” he said.

A final decision would be taken in consultation with the President, Prime Minister, the apex court, party policymakers, leaders of the 14-Party alliance and other parties once the people got to know BNP’s final stance, Inu said.

Asked whether the Prime Minister would call up Khaleda Zia again, the minister said, “We have already invited them. No need to invite them again, the invitation is still valid.”

He urged the Opposition to come for dialogue in an open mind. “Do not put pre-condition of accepting a non-party government and do not term the government illegal.”

He also urged them not to incite public servants.

The minister said the home minister had been notified of attack on media houses and the workers.

He said the administration was looking into the matter and would take steps accordingly.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had invited the Leader of the Opposition for a dinner- dialogue at Ganabhaban on Monday evening but Khaleda refused the offer saying she would hold talks only after the strike ended.

Acting BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Monday they would be able to join the dialogue after the end of the strike on Tuesday evening.-bdnews24.com



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