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Oikyafront gets permission to hold rally in Dhaka

Oikyafront gets permission to hold rally in Dhaka

Jatiyo Oikyafront says they have secured police permission to hold a rally in Dhaka on Tuesday (Nov 6) at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan. Bangladesh Nationalist Party Publicity Affairs Secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie made the announcement after meeting Dhaka city’s police commissioner today, local media reports said.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. This will be the third rally of opposition alliance Jatiyo Oikyafront after Sylhet and Chattogram. It will be their first ever public meeting in Dhaka.

Formed with major political oppositions to ruling alliance, the Oikyafront includes ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s arch opposition BNP.

Currently, they are campaigning with a seven-point charter including freedom for BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and election under a "non-partisan" government.

Also, the alliance is currently seeking "active" dialogue with the ruling quarter over the general election likely in December. It hopes, it’s demands will be met.

Its top leaders have said, "tougher programmes" will be announced from Tuesday’s public rally to press for its demands.

The 11-point goal announced by the alliance includes ensuring checks and balances in the state power, decentralisation of administration, freeing MPs from the stringent restrictions imposed on them under article 70 of the constitution, formation of a constitutional commission to make appointments to all constitutional and other important posts and full independence of the judiciary.

The alliance also announced a seven-point demand, including the one for holding the next parliamentary election under a "nonpartisan" government, "dissolution" of parliament before the polls and "recasting" the Election Commission.

Meanwhile, Bangabir Kader Siddique’s Krishak Sramik Janata League joins Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiyo Oikyafront.  Kader Siddique made the declaration at a news conference in city’s Motijheel central office on Monday (Nov 5).

Jatiyo Oikyafront was formed on Oct 13. JOF includes Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, ASM Abdur Rab's Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Mahmudur Rahman Manna's Nagorik Oikya, and BNP.