Dhaka, Nov. 29 -- Leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and several left-leaning and rightist political parties reached a consensus regarding boycotting the forthcoming 12th parliamentary election, toppling the government and reforming the state machinery.

The political parties held a dialogue that was convened by Islami Andolan Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Over 100 leaders of more than 50 political parties, educationists, journalists and representatives of different professional bodies participated in the dialogue at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity auditorium in the capital.

The participants include BNP, Revolutionary Workers' Party, Jatiya Party (Kazi Jafar), Ganosamhati Andolan, Gono Odhikar Parishad, a faction of Gano Forum, AB Part...