Opposition leader Khaleda Zia has expressed inability to respond to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s invitation to Gono Bhaban due to the 18-party opposition’s 60-hour hartal which starts tomorrow morning.
“I am ready to talk any time after the October 29 evening,” Maruf Kamal Khan, the BNP Chairperson’s press secretary, quoted her as saying in reply to the PM’s offer over a phone call this evening.
When the PM asked her to withdraw the hartal, Khaleda said the shutdown will go on as planned “as it is quite impossible for me to meet with the 18-party leaders at this moment”, he said.
Khan was briefing reporters at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan residence after the two leaders talked over phone for 40 minutes this evening.
Khaleda assured the PM that she would postpone all agitation and will sit for dialogue if the premier accepts in principle the demand of holding the next general elections under a non-partisan government, said Khan.
“Let’s reconsider our proposals and sit for a dialogue,” he quoted Khaleda as urging the premier.