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Oikyafront meets editors, asks cooperation
Major opposition alliance Jatiya Oikyafront has requested cooperation from newspaper media ahead of the upcoming general election.
They held a view-exchange with newspaper editors and placed the call, its senior leader Dr Kamal Hossain, said after emerging from the meeting.
Dr Kamal, also president of Gono Forum, added that the alliance will decide later about who will become the prime minister if the alliance is voted to power.
Toufique Imrose Khalidi, bdnews24.comÕs editor-in-chief, echoed the same while talking to the media and added: ÒThey will have to decide about it.Ó
The view-exchange meeting was held at Hotel Lakeshore from 3:30pm to around 6:00pm.
Among others present from the alliance were BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president Abdur Rob, and Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna.
Among the editors, Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman, New Age Editor Nurul Kabir, Manabzamin Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, News Today Editor Moslemuddin Ahmed, Dhaka Tribune Editor Zafar Sobhan, Holiday Editor Kamaluddin Ahmed, and weekly Saptahik Editor Golam Mortaza, were present.
WHAT IS JATIYA OIKYAFRONT?
On October 13, BNP, together with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Gono Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagorik Oikya launched Jatiya Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.
WHAT ARE OIKYAFRONTÕS 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.