Prime Minister renews call to opposition to join election

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Renewing her call to the opposition to join the next national election, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged Khaleda Zia to give names of the MPs for including them in the all-party cabinet, saying that she is ready to offer any Ministry that the opposition leader wants, reports UNB.
“Only BNP did not join the all-party (election-time) cabinet. The Election Commission is working independently and it is also independent financially. Therefore, I’ll urge the opposition leader to join the election. If there is any doubt about the election, then you (Khaleda) could give names of the MPs who could be placed in the all-party cabinet… you will be given the ministry you want,” she said.
Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, made observations in her introductory remarks during a view-exchange meeting with the party’s nomination seekers at her official Ganobhaban residence in the afternoon.
Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam gave the welcome address on the occasion with senior party leaders present. Some 3,000 nomination seekers from across the country joined the meeting, ahead of the upcoming national election.
The Prime Minister said the nation will have to start from a certain point by holding the next general election in a democratic process as per the Constitution.
“Elections took place on ad-hoc basis over the last 38 years… we don’t want any more ad-hoc measures for the future generation. We want the election to be held as per the constitutional and democratic process so that our future generation will get a fair, disciplined life.”
Regarding the all-party polls-time Cabinet, Hasina said the President had told her to make the cabinet smaller and following his advice she had taken steps accordingly. She added that the President will now request the Election Commission to announce the election schedule.

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