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04:09 PM, December 06, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:16 PM, December 06, 2018

Oikyafront postpones Dec 10 rally

Jatiya Oikyafront has postponed its rally scheduled to be held on December 10 in Dhaka on political ground.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the announcement hours after the party Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed announced to hold the rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan on the day.

He was talking to reporters at Jatiya Oikyafront office in Paltan area of Dhaka this evening.

This will be the alliance’s first rally after the announcement of the schedule for the upcoming parliamentary election slated to be held on December 30.

The Oikyafront earlier held four rallies before the polls schedule announcement. The first one was held in Sylhet on October 24, then in Chattogram on October 27, at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on November 6, and in Rajshahi on November 9.

WHAT IS JATIYA OIKYAFRONT?

The Jatiya Oikyafront is an alliance of the BNP, Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, ASM Abdur Rab's Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, and Mahmudur Rahman Manna's Nagorik Oikya.

The Oikyafront was formed on October 13 with the demands of a national election under a neutral government after dissolution of parliament and release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.

WHAT ARE OIKYAFRONT’S AGENDAS?

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

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

WHAT ARE OIKYAFRONT’S 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 reconstitution of the Election Commission.


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