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Talks, movement to continue simultaneously: Fakhrul
The opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front on Monday said the dialogue and movement would go on simultaneously for holding a free, fair and credible election.
The front would announce programmes from today’s rally, scheduled to be held at Suhrawardy Udyan.
The decision was taken at a steering committee meeting of the front at BNP leader Moudud Ahmed’s law chamber in the city.
‘We will announce our future programmes from Tuesday’s rally at Suhrawardy Udyan,’ said Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, coming out of the four-hour-long meeting.
‘Our programmes would not hamper the talks between the front and prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina,’ he said.
‘Movement and dialogue could go on simultaneously,’ he added.
The four-hour-long meeting was attended by Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president A S M Rob, Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, Gono Forum leader Subrata Chowdhury, BNP leader Moudud Ahmed, Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain and Gono Forum leader Mostafa Mohsin Montu.
Mirza Fakhrul said that the meeting decided to include Krishak Sramik Janata League of Kader Siddiqui in the Oikya Front.
The meeting discussed the agenda for second talks of the front with prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina, scheduled for Wednesday, Fakhrul said.
The agenda was not finalized, he added.
Besides, the meeting condoled the demise of BNP senior leader Tariqul Islam and condemned the attack on Oikya Front leader Mainul Hosein by the activists of ruling party-backed student organization Chharta League.
The meeting also condemned the arrest and filing of false cases against the Oikya Front leaders and activists, despite Sheikh Hasina’s promise in November 1 dialogue not to harass members of the opposition.