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Jatiya Oikya Front set to hold first rally in Sylhet today
Newly formed opposition political alliance Jatiya Oikya Front has taken preparations to hold its first rally in Sylhet today to launch its campaign for a free, fair and neutral election under a non-party neutral government.
The alliance leaders told BDchronicle on Tuesday afternoon that preparations were underway to show their strength ahead of elections due by January 28, 2109.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police on Sunday afternoon granted permission for the rally on the Registrar Ground in the city after the High Court set Monday to hear a writ petition filed against the police’s denial of permission for the rally.
On October 17, local leaders of the front submitted an application to the SMP commissioner seeking his permission to hold a rally on Registrar Ground scheduled for October 23, but the police did not granted the permission on security ground.
Later on Saturday, police again refused to grant permission to the alliance leaders as they revisited the police officers with a request for permission to hold a rally on Wednesday on the same venue, the alliance leaders claimed.
At last, SMP on Sunday afternoon permitted the front to hold its rally after the alliance’s Sylhet unit coordinator Ali Ahmed, also general secretary of the district unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, filed a writ petition with the HC in the morning and the court set to hear in it on Monday.
On October 13, the main opposition party BNP, Jatiya Oikya Pakriya, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal led by ASM Abdur Rob and Nagarik Oikya launched the new alliance JOF led by Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain.
The front announced 7-point demand including resignation of the government, dissolution of the parliament and formation of poll-time neutral government through discussion with all political parties, and release of all political prisoners.
Talking to BDchronicle, local BNP leaders said that they have been trying to show their strength in the rally.
Leaders and activists of 13 upazilas and 27 ward units of the district and city units of BNP respectively and their front organisations were asked to join the rally on Wednesday with their own banners, the BNP leaders said.
Talking to BDchronicle, BNP Sylhet district president Abul Khaer Chowdhury Shamim said they were making public announcement using loudspeakers and distributing leaflets among people to take part in the rally.
The district BNP general secretary Ali Ahmed said that they were trying their best to succeed the programme.
‘We got a short time for preparation. But, we are trying to ensure participation of highest number of people in the rally,’ he claimed.
On Tuesday afternoon, local BNP leaders, including Sylhet mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury and former privatisation board chairman Enam Ahmad Chowdhury, visited the programme venue.
The Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain accompanied, among others, by its leaders Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed and Subrata Chowdhury, arrived at Sylhet Osmani International Airport on Tuesday afternoon to attend the rally scheduled to begin at 2:00pm.
Responding to the reporters’ questions, Kamal said, ‘Next course of movement to press the demands would be declared in the rally from which the alliance will start its formal journey for a free, fair and neutral election.’