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Oikya Front to march towards EC if polls-schedule not deferred
Leaders of the Jatiya Oikya Front on Tuesday said they would announce march towards the Election Commission if it does not defer announcement of schedule to 11th Jatiya Sangsad elections.
They also said if the government does not meet the Front’s seven-point charter of demands in Wednesday’s talks at Ganabhaban, they would announce agitation programmes including marching towards Rajshahi and holding rally there on November 9.
They also said rallies would also be held in Khulna and Mymensingh to press for the demands.
The front supremo, Kamal Hossain, called on the people to wage unity for realising the demands.
‘A fair election has to be held. We have to realise our dues,’ he said.
With Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair, Kamal address the rally as chief guest and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob as main speaker.
The rally activities formally started around 1:30pm on Tuesday with recitation from the holy Quran.
On Monday, the alliance got conditional permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police to hold the public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan.
As per the conditions, the rally must be concluded by 5:00pm.
It is the third rally of the Oikyafront as the alliance held rallies in Sylhet and Chattogram on October 24 and 27 respectively.
Thousands of leaders and activists of the BNP holding placards, banners and portraits of its founder Ziaur Rahman, chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman started gathering at the rally venue since 11:00am.
They were chanting various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release from jail.
Huge law enforcers have been deployed around the rally venue to maintain law and order.
On Monday night, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they will announce action programmes from the rally to push for their various demands for holding the forthcoming election in a fair and credible manner.
Fakhrul, however, said they will not announce any such programme which may hamper their scheduled talks with the prime minister on Wednesday morning.
The rally is going to be held a day before the Oikya Front leaders’ second phase of small-group talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina. The dialogue will be held at Ganabhaban at 11:00am on Wednesday.
Oikya Front leaders said they will give some important messages for the nation from the rally ahead of the national election.
The Oikya Front’s seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the Election Commission, release of all the political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use electronic voting machines for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prakriya, JSD and Nagarik Oikya launched the Jatiya Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand.