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Oikya Front to begin election journey with Sylhet rally on Wednesday

  • Published at 09:34 am October 24th, 2018
File photo: Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain addressing a press conference organized under the banner of Jatiya Oikya Front at the National Press Club Dhaka Tribune

Members of the Local BNP unit and Okiya Front have been distributing leaflets and putting up posters about the rally throughout the city

The Jatiya Oikya Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, is going to hold its first ever public rally at the Registry Field, Sylhet on Wednesday.

The rally will be organized to mobilise public support in favour of the alliance's 7-point demands, which include holding the next polls under a non-party administration.

Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) Additional Commissioner Paritash Ghosh said they have given Oikya Front permission for the public rally considering they meet 14 conditions. Additional security measures will be taken to ensure law and order in the city during the rally. 

Members of the Local BNP unit and Okiya Front have been distributing leaflets and putting up posters about the rally throughout the city, and said they have taken all necessary preparation to make the rally a success. 

The Oikya Front consists of BNP, Gano Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob), and Nagorik Oikya.

Dr Kamal, who will address the rally as chief guest, reached Sylhet by air at 5pm on Tuesday. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir will serve as the main speaker, with Sylhet City Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury in chair.

Before the start of the rally, senior leaders of Oikya Front will visit the Shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (pbuh), Shah Paran (pbuh) and the grave of General MAG Osmani.

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain, General Secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Executive President Subrata Chowdhury, Oikya Prokriya Convener Mostafa Amin, BNP Standing Committee Member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury arrived in the city by air in the evening.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee Members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, JSD President ASM Abdur Rob, and Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna are scheduled to reach Sylhet on Wednesday morning.

Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said they will hold the rally to press their demands for the installation of a neutral election-time government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution of the Election Commission, release of all political prisoners, deployment of army, and cancellation of the move to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS) so the next polls may be held in fair and acceptable manner.

BNP Vice Chairmen Barkatullah Bulu, Mohammad Shahjahan, Inam Ahmed Chowdhury, and Jatiya Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mohammad Mansur, in coordination with local leaders, are completing all the preparations to stage the rally.

However, Sylhet BNP General Secretary Ali Ahmed claimed police conducted raids on the houses of many their party leaders and activists on Monday night, to create panic among the people.

SMP Deputy Commissioner Sohel Reza said they are performing routine raids and did not intend to intimidate anyone. 

After the Sylhet Rally, Oikya Front is scheduled to hold a similar program at Laldighi Maidan, Chittagong on October 27.