Oikya Front seeks to expand alliance

Aditto Rimon
Published : 01:30, Jun 13, 2019 | Updated : 01:30, Jun 13, 2019

On Oct 13, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Nagorik Oikya launched the new alliance to press for their seven-point demand and 11 visions, including holding the next election under a non-party administration. FILE PHOTOJatiya Oikya Front has taken a decision to expand its scope with anti-government political parties. In this aim, they have already contacted several parties with a favourable response.
On Monday (Jun 10), a meeting of the Oikya Front was held at the home of JSD president, A S M Abdur Rab.
After the meeting, A S M Rab, said: “We will have a meeting led by Dr Kamal Hossain to trigger a vigorous anti-government movement.”
By forming a bigger alliance, we will sustain the democratic movement against the autocratic government, he added.
Leaders of different parties have said unanimously that they want the cancellation of the result of the 11th national election and re-election under a neutral government.
President of the Bangladesh Workers’ Party, Saiful Huq, observed: “We have maintained our drive to demand the cancellation of the sham election.”
We have told others to come out on the road to protest; once there’s a movement on the road, getting the trust of the people will be easier, he added.
Secretary general of Islami Andolon, principal Yunus Ahmed, added: “Oikya Front did not contact us to formally join the alliance but we exchanged greetings during Eid.”
We will have meetings of the majlish e shura and take a decision about joining an alliance, he added.
Meanwhile, Jatiya Oikya Front steering committee member, Dr Zafrullah Chiwdhury, has said: “We have talked to several parties to form a unity and I personally talked to leftist alliances.”
Jatiya Oikya Front steering committee member and convener of the Nagorik Oikya, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, observed: “The country got a jolt by the 30 December travesty of an election and people are trying to get over it.”
Executive president of Gano Forum, Advocate Subrata Chowdhury, stated: “No one is willing to take to the streets alone because of the government’s repressive tactics; therefore, for the interest of democracy, all parties must unite.”