Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday held talks on different issues, including the country's current political affairs, with Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique and former BNP leader Nazmul Huda.
Earlier on Tuesday, Quader had met Communist Party of Bangladesh President Mujahidul Islam Selim at the CPB office in the capital's Purana Paltan.
Kader Siddique met Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, at the latter's secretariat office for around half an hour from 3:30pm, Abu Naser, senior information officer at the ministry, told The Daily Star.
Huda, currently the chief of Bangladesh National Alliance (BNA), also met Quader for half an hour from 4:00pm, said Naser.
What exactly was discussed among the politicians could not be confirmed.
In 1999, Kader Siddique was expelled from the Awami League and after the expulsion he resigned from parliament and formed his own party, Krishak Sramik Janata League.
Sources in the AL said Quader is now passing a busy time in trying to expand the ruling AL-led 14-party alliance ahead of the upcoming general elections scheduled for late this year.
“Talks over the matter [expansion of the alliance] were being held and more talks will be held,” the sources said without giving further details.
Contacted, Kader Siddique declined to make any comment on his meeting with Quader.
Sources said the BNA would hold a programme marking the National Mourning Day on August 15, the day when Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was brutally assassinated by some disgruntled army officers in 1975.
Huda requested Quader to attend the programme as the chief guest, the sources added.
On Tuesday, during a brief conversation, the CPB president told Quader that they launched a platform of eight left leaning parties to strengthen the “alternative political force against bad politics”.
On July 22, eight parties -- Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (Marxist), Gana Sanghati Andalon, Bangladesher United Communist League, Ganatantrik Biplobi Party and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Andalon -- launched a new platform under the banner of “Left Democratic Alliance (LDA)”.
The ruling AL and its archrival BNP are now engaged in making efforts to include the newly formed platform in their respective camps to gain victory in the next general election.