Dhaka – Leaders of the Jatiya Oikya Front, a combine of opposition political parties, on Tuesday warned the government to accept their seven-point demand for credible holding of the next election or face tougher street actions.
“We along with people will ensure unseating of the government, unless our demands are not met” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the major component of the opposition alliance.
Fakhrul was addressing a rally in Dhaka to press for a seven point-demands that include dissolution of parliament, release of jailed BNP chief Khaleda Zia and a neutral election-time administration.
Several thousand activists and supporters of the opposition alliance gathered at Suhrawardy Udyan as the coalition called the protest rally after November 1 dialogue with the government over election.
Bangladesh’s national election is due by January 28 as the five-year tenure of current parliament will expire on that day. The opposition alliance is also scheduled to hold its second round of talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday.
Fakhrul said they will arrange a road march programme towards Rajshahi on November 8 and hold a public rally there if the dialogue is not successful.
They will march towards the Election Commission in Dhaka too. But he did not mention the date for it.
“We believe in talks but staging any drama in the name of the talks will be not accepted.”
The government must release the party chief, Khaleda Zia, and all the cases lodged against Tarique Rahman will have to be withdrawn, he demanded. Khaleda and Tarique have been convicted in graft and criminal cases by court in Bangladesh. Khaleda has been in jail in Dhaka while her son Tarique has been in exile in London.
Kamal Hossain, who spearhead the alliance, asked leaders and activists of the alliance to take an oath for continuing protests in line with the demands.
“We will have to continue uncompromised movement together no matter whatever obstacle appears. We will have to take an oath,” said Kamal
There is no rule of law in the country, he said adding that the government must immediately release all political prisoners including Khaleda.
People are the owner of this country. There is no king or queen is the owner of this country, and their ownership must be reinstated.
“As owner of the state, we will remain united. Free and fair election is a must. We will have to ensure vigilance on polling centres during the election,” he said.