Dhaka, Bangladesh
BNP invites PM to iftar party

BNP invites PM to iftar party

Response not known immediately

News Report: Opposition BNP invited the entire hierarchy of ruling Awami League, including party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to its iftar party arranged for tomorrow. The prime minister, however, will be off the country on a long foreign tour before the iftar time. She leaves for Japan in the morning, on the first leg of her three-nation trip. But it was not immediately known whether any representative of hers or party delegation could join the evening function of breaking Ramadan fast. There have been a lot of developments in the once-frozen relations between the two sides of the political divide-like pre-poll dialogue, election participation and finally joining parliament by the few MPs from BNP and its ally, Jatiya Oikya Front. And in this circumstance, some analysts question if there be another thaw surrounding holy function. Meanwhile, Awami League presidium member Col (rtd) Faruk Khan Sunday joined the iftar party of BNP's alliance partner-Gano Forum--on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain hosted the iftar at a city hotel in honour of political leaders and noted citizens, in the current wave of 'Ramadan politics. BNP Sunday invited Awami League (AL) President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party's presidium members to its iftar party to be held Tuesday. The party will host the iftar in honour of political leaders at Ladies Club. A three-member BNP delegation, led by its assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu, went to AL President Sheikh Hasina's Dhanmondi political office around 4pm with invitation cards. AL deputy office secretary barrister Biplob Barua received the cards. Tipu said their party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, one behalf of its acting chairman Tarique Rahman, invited Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, general secretary Obaidul Quader and its presidium members to Tuesday's iftar party. "We hope they'll join it." (Inputs taken from UNB, media reports)

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