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Dr Kamal: Oikya Front to expand alliance

  • Published at 09:08 pm June 6th, 2019
Web_Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain
File photo of Gono Forum President and Jatiya Oikya Front leader Dr Kamal Hossain Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Dr Kamal said the country's people are being deprived of a democratic system

Jatiya Oikya Front convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday said that they are working on expanding the alliance to intensify their ongoing movement to "restore democracy."

"Our goal is to forge a strong unity of people and other like-minded political parties. We are working on it," he said, while exchanging greetings with leaders and activists of Gono Forum at his Bailey Road residence in Dhaka.

The Gono Forum president said that they believe such a unity "is imperative to get rid of the undemocratic situation."

Dr Kamal said the country's people are being deprived of a democratic system.

"Our goal is to restore democracy and give back control of the country to the people as soon as possible. We will intensify our movement to reach our goal in the interest of the country and its people," he said.

The Oikya Front chief said that they are thinking of strengthening their movement this year by consolidating their unity to ensure “genuine” democracy, and realize their justified demands.

He also said an anarchic situation is prevailing in the country_with growing incidents of rape and killing of women_for lack of democracy. 

"People are also going through immense sufferings. So, there is no alternative to genuine democracy," said Dr Kamal.

As his attention was drawn to speculation over a possible split in the Oikya Front, Dr Kamal assured that there is no rift in the alliance. 

"We are going to sit for a meeting on June 12 to work out our strategy to take to the streets, cementing our unity," he added.

Regarding Oikya Front leader Kader Siddique's ultimatum to quit the alliance by June 8, Dr Kamal said that they have already talked to him about it elaborately, adding: "We hope we will be able to reach a positive decision on June 12."

Asked what they will do if the government does not accept their demand for holding a national election soon, he said that they are devising plans to realize their demand.

At one stage, Gono Forum’s former general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu joined the program and exchanged greetings with party leaders.

Dr Kamal warmly received Montu, and wished him “Eid Mubarak.”

Replying to a question whether there is a cold relation between Gono Forum and Montu, party executive president Subrata Chowdhury blamed the media for creating such hype.

Dr Kamal said: "You [journalists] have created it [the controversy] and now you can unravel it."

Montu, who boycotted Gono Forum's special council earlier, was later made an executive committee member, while Reza Kibria was appointed as the new party’s general secretary.