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Dr Kamal coming before media Today

01 Dec,2018

BDchronicle:

Dr Kamal Hossain, a key leader of the opposition alliance Jatiya Oikyafront, will be coming before the media today with fresh statement.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the disclosure after holding a meeting with Oikyafront leaders at Gulshan this evening.

According to him, Dr Kamal will be presenting the latest political developments in the run up to submission of nomination papers ahead of the election.

The briefing will be held at 3:30pm today at Jatiya Press Club.

WHEN WAS OIKYAFRONT FORMED?

The Jatiya Oikyafront was formally launched on October 13, 2018 after weeks of talks and intense negotiations; apparently with Dr Kamal at its centre.

The alliance was formed just months before the national elections.

The underlining factor in Oikyafront is the BNP – the major political opposition of ruling party Awami Legaue; who boycotted the last elections back in 2014.

Other partners in the alliance are Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) led by ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya led by Mahmudur Rahman Manna, a former Awami League leader.

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.

WHEN IS THE ELECTION?

Election Commission has revised polls schedule, deferring the 11th general election by a week to December 30 – a decision taken earlier this week.

The authorities have fixed November 28 as the deadline for filing nomination papers, December 2 for scrutiny and December 9 last date of withdrawal.

The move came following demands from several opposition political parties.

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