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12:00 AM, July 07, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 07, 2008

AL doubts success of dialogue

Bangladesh Jubo Mahila League places a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.Photo: STAR

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Expressing doubt over the success of the ongoing formal dialogue between the government and the political parties, acting President of Awami League (AL) Zillur Rahman yesterday said his party would neither take part in the upcoming upazila nor parliamentary polls if the state of emergency is not lifted.
“We wanted to reach a consensus on several crucial issues but the government did not want to lift the emergency. That's why, it cannot be said for sure that the dialogue is a successful one,” he said urging the government to lift the state of emergency as early as possible.
While talking to reporters at his Gulshan residence on the occasion of Bangladesh Jubo Mohila League's sixth founding anniversary, Zillur said, “We decided to take part in four city corporation and nine municipality polls for the sake of the country's peace and stability. But we won't take part in the upazila and national elections if the emergency is not lifted.”
Asked if his party would share the posts of mayors and councillors with its allies in the 14-party combine in the upcoming local government polls, he said as a major party the AL would consider sharing nominations as the process is underway.
AL presidium members Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and Motia Chowdhury, Jubo Mohila League President Nazma Akhter and General Secretary Apu Ukil also took part in the function.

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