Tea with PM today: Oikyafront won’t go

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to host a tea-party at Ganabhaban today to exchange greetings with leaders of 75 political parties and alliances in the country.

The tea-event will be held around 3pm, Ganabhaban sources have confirmed the news.

Earlier on Friday, Jatiya Oikyafront meanwhile sent a letter to Ganabhaban stating that it would not join the tea party on the day.

Oikya Front sources said, a three-member delegation of the opposition political alliance handed over the letter to an officer of the Ganabhaban around 11am yesterday.

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday said that their two MPs-elect would not join the 11th parliament.

“Our two MPs-elect will not join the parliament and we are not also going to join the prime minister’s tea party as per our party’s decision,” Dr Kamal Hossain said at a press conference after a party meeting.

Oikyafront’s spokesperson BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, however, announced that they would wear black badge on February 6 in front of the National Press Club in the capital, protesting the “vote rigging” in the recently held national election.

BNP has bagged six seats while Gono Forum got two in the election.

The Awami League, the present ruling party in the country, has formed the government for the third consecutive terms this year.

Out of 298 seats, the party has gained 259 while Jatiya Party bagged 20 seats in the December 30’s 11th national polls.

Sheikh Hasina took oath as the Prime Minister for historic fourth time as well as consecutive third term and formed a new cabinet on January 7.

She took oath as the prime minister for fourth term with 47-member council of ministers on the day.

The new council of ministers — including 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers — also took oath at a state ceremony held at Bangabhaban Darbar Hall the same day.

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