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Oikya Front holds meeting sans BNP, will starts talks Feb 6

  • Published at 10:59 pm January 17th, 2019
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BNP-led political alliance Jatiya Oikya Front, held a meeting in Dhaka on Thursday, January 17,2019Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The alliance is planning to collect signatures nationwide and arrange sit-in programs to have their demands met

In an interesting turn of events, the BNP-led political alliance Jatiya Oikya Front, held a meeting in Dhaka on Thursday in absence of key party leaders, to make a decision on holding a national dialogue for fresh elections.

Sources have confirmed that the two-hour long meeting was held at Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain’s law chamber at Motijheel around 4pm.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir could not attend the meeting due to illness, while its senior leader Dr Moyeen Khan was forced to miss the event as he was stuck in traffic.

The development took place just nine days after the alliance announced that it will hold a dialogue to press home their demand for re-election under a nonpartisan government, rejecting the December 30 polls result over vote rigging.

In the latest meeting of the alliance’s Steering Committee, the attendees have decided to start the talks on February 6, said ASM Abdur Rab, a key leader of the front.  

Rab, also the president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, said: “The people did not participate in the 11th general election. So, the alliance will keep campaigning to revoke the election results.” 

According to sources, the alliance is planning to collect signatures nationwide and arrange sit-in programs to have their demands met. 

Several Oikya Front leaders also hinted filing lawsuits to this end. 

Abdur Rab and Gono Forum Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, another alliance leader, said that no Jammat-e-Islami leaders took part.

“It [Jamaat] is not even under the alliance,” Rab claimed, stating that the Islamist party will not be a part of the dialogue too. 

Jatiya Oikya Front leader Mostafa Mohsin Montu said that they would invite all political parties that contested in the December 30 polls.

In the election, Jatiya Oikya Front candidates won only eight seats in the 299 constituencies. Of them, six were from BNP while the rest were from Gono Forum. 

Protesting the “anomalies” in the polls, the alliance also refrained from sending its elected candidates to be sworn in.