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14-party Grand Alliance Meet

Participation in next polls unitedly underscored

Published : 15 Mar 2022 10:15 PM | Updated : 16 Mar 2022 03:45 PM

A meeting of the 14-party Grand Alliance led by ruling Awami League has stressed the need for unity and taking part in the next general elections unitedly from the same platform.

Chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of ruling Awami League, the meeting was held at the PM’s official residence Ganobhaban on Tuesday.

Emerging from the meeting, Amir Hossain Amu, a member of the Awami League's advisory council, told media that the 14-party Grand Alliance will participate in the next general elections unitedly from same platform.

“The unity of the 14-Party will alliance will continued and take part in elections as an alliance. In cases of dealing with the communal and anti-liberation forces, the role of all the parties of the grand alliance will also remain as usual”, said Amu. 

Asked, Amu, however, said the matter of seat distribution was yet to be discussed.

“Time to take decision about the seat distribution is yet to come. It requires more time and discussion. Such kind of decision will be taken after the election schedule is announced by the Election Commission”, said the senior Awami League leader.

In replying to another query, Amir Hossain Amu said, the 14-party Grand Alliance will come out on the streets against to deal with the activities of the anti-government parties like BNP and Jamaat. 

Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon, who was present at the meeting as one of the allies, expressed his satisfaction over the meeting. 

Menon said, “Everything has been discussed at the meeting. We have discussed about the unity of the 14-party Grand Alliance, existing political situation and price of essential commodities. The discussions were very freely and live. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also took part in the discussion. A very good discussion was held after a longtime”, said the Workers Party president. 

Talking about the 14-Party Grand Alliance, Menon said, “It is not that we are agree with everything. We have some observations and reservations. But, discussion may remain continued.”

Hasanul Haque Inu, president of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), also said that the meeting was very fruitful. He said they did not discuss about their demands to the ruling party.

“Discussion mainly took place in the context of the 14-party Grand Alliance and that was fruitful”, said Inu.

Anwar Hossain Manju of the Jatiya Party (JP) said the Prime Minister said that the elections would be held through a coalition and measures will be taken to keep the prices under control.

It should be mentioned that led by Awami League, the 14-Party Grand Alliance was formed in 2008 with different political parties, which believe in the War of Liberation. Since then, the alliance had been taking part in all the national elections from a single platform.

According to sources, the meeting was significant as the next national election is just around the corner. Besides, the main objects of the meeting were role of the 14-party alliance in dealing with the movement and other activities of the opposition parties, including BNP and Jamaat, in the political field.

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