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UPDATED: 16:05, June 08, 2006
No concessions being seen between Bangladeshi ruling and opposition parties
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Confrontation in Bangladesh's politics apparently is being sighted in the days ahead as the ruling BNP has decided not to give main opposition Awami League ( AL) any concessions on the streets agitation.

The opposition has also threatened to announce continuous shutdown if the government creates obstruction in their Dhaka isolation program on June 11.

AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil, who is also the coordinator of the Awami League-led leftist combine threatened on Thursday they would paralyze the government if the government creates any obstruction in their planned Dhaka siege program on June 11.

AL wanted to take the Dhaka siege as an opportunity to force the government to do the reforms on the caretaker government and the Election Commission (EC) for holding a clean election due in January next year.

The electronic and print media of the country also reported mass arrest by police in the capital and elsewhere. The private television channel Ntv Thursday morning reported police on Wednesday arrested 200 persons from the capital alone.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan requested the opposition to defer the June 11 Dhaka isolation plan that coincides with the state visit of the emir of Kuwait to Bangladesh.

"The visit of the emir of Kuwait is very important in Bangladesh's bilateral relations with the oil-rich Gulf state and overall foreign policy," the foreign minister said.

He said, "It is a matter of great honor and privilege for the people of Bangladesh to welcome the great leader of a brotherly Muslim country like Kuwait after more than two decades."

But no AL leader was available for comment about Morshed Khan's request.

AL wanted reform of the non-partisan caretaker government system and the EC as what they said the next caretaker government will be headed by a BNP support justice and the EC is run by BNP men.

In such a situation, Jalil said no fair election is possible under them. Unless the government goes for the reforms, they will not allow the government to hold the general elections.

Source: Xinhua

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