Bangladesh PM to meet opposition which still rejects poll results
"The prime minister said in our internal party meeting that she would invite the political parties and seek their cooperation to develop this country," Information Minister Hasan Mahmud told Reuters on Monday.
Hasina's ruling alliance won more than 90 percent of the seats contested amid accusations of ballot stuffing, voter intimidation and violence that killed at least 19 people. The government has repeatedly denied the charges.
Abdul Awal, a BNP vice chairman, said his party would make a call on attending any meeting only after receiving a formal letter on Hasina's behalf.
He added that a similar meeting before the election was not "pleasant", and that they would continue to press for an independent investigation into the allegations of vote manipulation.
The United Nations this month called for an independent and impartial investigation into the Dec. 30 election, while Western governments, including the United States and the European Union, have condemned the election-day violence and called for an investigation into a range of irregularities. (Reporting by Serajul Quadir; Editing by Krishna N. Das)