Oikyafront wants fair election only: Dr Kamal

22 Oct,2018

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Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain has said they formed the Jatiya Oikyafront only for ensuring a free and fair election.

In the wake of criticisms over BNP's involvement with the newly formed political alliance, Dr Kamal said he has neither any desire to contest any election nor to get any state post.

The veteran politician made the remarks while addressing a press conference at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on Monday, reports UNB.

Kamal also said Oikyafront has no relation with Jamaat and with any individual like BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman.

Replying to another question, Kamal said they formed the alliance with BNP, but they have no contact with Tarique, and they do not feel it necessary to communicate with him.

"I'm happy to clarify, for those who have been making virulent, baseless, and persistent personal attacks on me, that I've no desire to be a candidate in any election or to seek any public office," he said.

"I will continue to work towards building a democratic, secular and pluralistic society," Kamal added.

Kamal said he does not expect any controversy over the Oikyafront as he clarified the stance of the new political alliance.

Amid the growing public concern over the next election, Kamal said they engaged in dialogues amongst parties and civil society groups so that the nation can reach a consensus to bring about necessary reforms.

The Gono Forum president also said the Oikyafront will continue to work for unity of different parties and citizen groups to realise its aims.

He said they are now working to mobilise public opinions on a fair and credible election through their different visits to different parts of the country.

He said Oikyafront may send the letter to the government on Tuesday urging it to engage in talks over the next polls before announcement of the election schedule.

"If the election is held in a fair and credible manner it can contribute towards restoring democracy and democratic rule," he hoped.

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