BD Post Report
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday urged supporters and activists to wage a movement to meet the demands of Jatiya Oikyafront.
Speaking at the rally in Rajshahi, he trashed the election schedule and said it will not be accepted unless political prisoners including Khaleda Zia are released.
“Release our all political prisoners and create a level playing field otherwise upcoming general election will not be fruitful,” Fakhrul said at the rally. Earlier, the rally of Jatiya Oikyafront began at Madrasa Maidan in Rajshahi on Friday afternoon to mobilise public support in favour of the alliance’s various demands for holding the 11th parliamentary elections in a fair and credible manner.
The rally activities formally started around 2pm with recitation from the holy Quran and holy Gita. BNP chairperson’s adviser Mizanur Rahman Minu presided over the rally.
Oikyafront chief and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain was supposed to address the rally as the chief guest, but he did not attend the rally due to his reported illness.
On Thursday, the alliance got conditional permission from the Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) to hold the public rally. It is the fourth rally of the Oikyafront as the alliance held rallies in Sylhet, Chattogram and capital Dhaka on October 24, 27 and November 6 respectively.
As the rally is being held a day after the announcement of the election schedule, the alliance larders are expected to give an indication about whether they will join the polls or not.
The Oikyafront’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 (EVMS) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand.
Later, Krishak Sramik Janata League, led by Kader Siddiqui, joined the alliance.