BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir addresses a rally of Jatiya Oikyafront at Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday. Photo: BD Post

BD Post Report
Shifting from its earlier stand about taking part in election under Sheikh Hasina’s government, BNP led Jatiya Oikyafront on Tuesday made a demand for a non-party election time government.
Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain, after having a dialogue with Sheikh Hasina led 14-party alliance, asserted that it does not matter who is in the government during the election if the environment is free and fair.
The opposition alliances warned that the government would face tougher agitation in the coming days if their seven-point demand, including dissolution of parliament, is not met.
Addressing the rally, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they will arrange a road march programme towards Rajshahi on November 8 and hold a public rally there on the next day if tomorrow’s dialogue goes in vain.
They will also march towards the Election Commission office in Dhaka, Fakhrul said without mentioning the date for the programme.
The BNP leader also called upon the government to meet their demands to hold the next general election in a free, fair and inclusive manner. “Otherwise, we along with people will ensure unseating of the government,” Fakhrul warned.
“The government will have to release our party chief Khaleda Zia and all the cases lodged against Tarique Rahman will have to be withdrawn,” he demanded.
Oikyafront key leader Dr Kamal Hossian asked leaders and activists of the alliance to take an oath for continuing movement in line with their seven-point demand.
“We will have to continue uncompromised movement unitedly no matter whatever obstacle appears. We will have to take an oath. We must realise our demands,” said Kamal, also president of the Gono Forum.
Claiming that there is no rule of law in the country, Kamal urged the government to immediately release all political prisoners including Khaleda Zia.
Mentioning that “no king or queen is owner of the state”, Kamal said people are the sole owner of the state and their ownership must be reinstated.
“As owner of the state, we will remain united. Free and fair election is a must. We will have to ensure vigilance on polling centres,” he said.
Opposition alliance began the rally at 4:00pm to drum up their seven-point demand and 11-point goal including holding of the next parliamentary election under a neutral administration.
Addressing as the main speaker of the event, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President ASM Abdur Rob called upon the government to release BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia immediately, paving her way for joining in the next general election.
He also asked the government to step down for the sake of holding the election in a credible manner.
BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed said: “We have left the path of confrontation and taken part in the dialogue to resolve the crisis. If the talks fail, we will have no other option except waging movement.”
“If we take to the street, the government will be ousted within 24 hours,” he warned, adding, “Government must refrain from announcing election schedule. If talks turn into farce and mockery, we will have to resist it. Khaleda Zia will not seek any parole. We will release her through movement.”
Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique, who joined the alliance yesterday, said there is no alternative but to hold the next general election in a free, fair and inclusive manner.
“And the prime minister would be forced to hold a free, fair and inclusive election,” Kader Siddique, also a veteran freedom fighter, warned.
BNP Standing Committee Member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy said that they want to take part in the upcoming general election in line of their seven-point demand.
“There will be no election if our demands are not met,” Goyeshwar threatened.