In Bangladesh government's pre- dialogue discussions with pro Khaleda faction of BNP held at the state guest house, leaders of pro-Khaleda faction of BNP during an 'unofficial' talk with the government on Monday demanded release of their party Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina before the expected formal dialogues.
They said release of the two major party chiefs is a must to
make the dialogues fruitful and the upcoming election credible. During the talk with five advisers to the caretaker government at the state guesthouse Meghna last evening, Khaleda loyalists said their faction will not join the formal dialogues with their chief in jail.
The BNP faction leaders asked the government to withdraw the state of emergency and restore democracy without further delay. They demanded a free, fair and neutral election as soon as possible.