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Oli floats new political platform to free Khaleda

The LDP chief urged all the democracy-loving people and patriotic political parties to join the platform

Update : 27 Jun 2019, 10:19 PM

President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmed has announced a new political platform, styled 'Jatiya Mukti Mancha', in a bid to free BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and 'restore' democracy in the country.

At a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday, he said Kalyan Party, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, and Democratic National Movement are in the new platform, alongside his party, to realize their 18-point demand, reports UNB.

"We can't remain silent in the current bad economic and political situation of the country. So, we have decided to free Khaleda Zia and restore democracy. The nation will be freed from dictatorship if Khaleda Zia is released," Oli said.

"We're announcing the formation of Jatiya Mukti Mancha to achieve this goal. We believe all the nationalist forces will come forward in unison to free the nation from the current situation," he added.

The LDP chief urged all the democracy-loving, patriotic political parties, all social organizations and all youths and elderly people to get involved with the platform.

Presenting the 18-point demand of Jatiya Mukti Mancha, he said they will go to the people to mobilize support.

Their demands include arranging national elections under a non-party neutral government, holding a fresh national election, and releasing Khaleda Zia from jail.

"We would like to clearly say our Jatiya Mukti Mancha won't indulge in any destructive and terror acts. People now fear taking to the street, we'll have to encourage them to come out of their homes. We'll also make the government come to the straight path from the wrong one," Oli said.

He hoped that opposition parties will join their platform to ensure justice in society.

Asked whether his party will quit the BNP-led 20-party alliance with the formation of a new political body, Oli said Jatiya Mukti Mancha is not a political alliance, but a platform. "We're there in the 20-party and will remain so in the days to come."

At the program, BNP Executive Committee Member Ismail Hossain Bengal joined LDP by presenting a bouquet to Oli.

Former Awami League lawmaker Golam Maula Rony, who joined BNP before the 11th parliamentary election, was also present at the press conference.

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