Talks on electoral reforms between Bangladesh's political divide appeared likely amid apparent pressure from the business community as well as diplomats, business sources said on Thursday.
"I think both sides are now willing to talk and talks may take place very quickly," one businessman said.
The business community have been shuttling between MP Abdul Lalil, General Secretary of the main opposition Awami League and Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, secretary general of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Bhuiyan returned home Monday night after heart treatment is Singapore.
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition alliance has warned that it would not only boycott the polls unless reforms were carried out, but continue its protest campaign when the proposed caretaker government takes charge next month when Prime Minister Khalda Zia's tenure ends.
The opposition demands the sacking of the country's chief election commissioner and also a role in nominating the chief of the caretaker government.