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Kader Siddique joins Oikyafront
Krishak Sramik Janata League has joined opposition alliance Jatiya Oikyafront, the party’s President Kader Siddique announced today.
The move comes after the senior leaders of Oikyafront offered Siddique to join the alliance ahead of a likely general election in December.
Oikyafront, which is comprised of BNP and several other political parties, is currently the major opposition alliance to Awami League-led 14-party alliance.
WHY HAVE THEY JOINED?
After making the announcement of joining Oikyafront, Kader Siddique said they will, from now on, work in unity to thwart the Òautocratic regime.
From today, we are joining Dr Kamal-led Oikyafront. We will direct our full strength to the cause of Oikyafront and work for people’s freedom, he said.
Pulling a reference of the pre-independence Pakistan regime, Siddique said: If Yahiya Khan can be thwarted, then thwarting the current autocrat is also possible.
WHAT ARE OIKYAFRONT’S AGENDAS?
Currently, Oikyafront are campaigning with a seven-point charter including freedom for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and election under a nonpartisan government.
Also, the alliance is currently seeking active dialogue with the ruling quarter with a hope that their demands will be met.
The top leaders of the alliance said tougher programmes will be announced from Tuesday’s public rally to press for its demands.
WHAT ARE OIKYAFRONT’S DEMANDS?
The 11-point goal announced by the alliance includes ensuring checks and balances in the state power, decentralisation of administration, freeing MPs from the stringent restrictions imposed on them under
article 70 of the constitution, formation of a constitutional commission to make appointments to all constitutional and other important posts and full independence of the judiciary.
The alliance also announced a seven-point demand, including the one for holding the next parliamentary election under a nonpartisan government, dissolution of parliament before the polls and recasting the Election Commission.