BNP and some opposition political parties are planning to launch a simultaneous movement to realise their demands, including next general election under a neutral election-time administration and release of detained leaders and activists from jail before the polls.
Sources from some parties said the BNP-led 20-party alliance, Jukto Front, Left Democratic Alliance and Gana Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain’s Jatiya Oikya Prokria may go for a simultaneous movement from September and they will intensify it gradually in October to realise their demands.BNP and some other political parties outside the ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance are almost echoing same demands, including holding the next parliament election under a neutral election-time administration, resignation of the incumbent government, dissolving parliament before the next polls, deployment of army with magistracy power in the election and reconstitution of the Election Commission and making it independent.
BNP has been making efforts to forge a greater political unity with different parties outside the 14-party alliance while Dr Kamal Hossain is trying to maintain the same unity through his initiative named ‘Jatiya Oikya Prokria (National Unity Process) to this end.
Talking to the daily sun, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said their activities to forge the greater unity of different political parties is going on and they are contacting different political parties in this regard.
“We hope that the national unity will be forged in September and we’ll be able to launch a simultaneous movement to realise our demands, including a free, fair, neutral and acceptable general election and release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and other political prisoners,” he added.
The BNP at a meeting of its standing committee on Monday night formulated a draft policy to forge a greater political unity with different opposition parties those are not parts of either the 14-party alliance or the 20-party alliance, said a BNP leader who was present in the meeting.
In the meeting, the party’s policymaking body approved, in principle, the draft of the policy and agreed to carry forward the process to forge the greater unity centring on the 11th parliamentary election that can be named as ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’ or ‘Jatiya Oikya Manch’ as per directives of Khaleda Zia, he added.The policy will clearly outline future BNP steps in changing the existing political system and practices in the country. It will also sketch out the BNP plans for those parties which will be joining the alliance, the meeting sources said.
Jatiya Oikya Prokria has decided to hold a public rally at the capital’s Suhrawardy Uddain on September 22, to expose the outcome of the initiative.
“We’ve taken decision to hold a public rally in the capital on September 22. We’ll invite leaders of different political parties, including the BNP, to attend the programme. We’ll place a national charter in the programme, if they all agree to the proposal then we can start a simultaneous movement from the rally,” Gana Forum Executive President Subrata Chowdhury told the daily sun.
A top leader of Jukto Front, which is comprised of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagarik Oikya, said they have already started movement to realise their demands for holding an inclusive general election in a free, fair, neutral and acceptable manner.
“We want a greater national unity or political unity for democracy. We hope we can start a simultaneous movement to realise our demands from September,” Jukto Front spokesperson Mahmudur Rahman Manna, also convener of the Nagarik Oikya, told the daily sun.
‘Left Democratic Alliance’, which is comprised of eight leftist political parties of the country, has already started movement through holding different programmes while the alliance is also interested in simultaneous movement for an inclusive general election.
“We are already on the street for movement. When other parties will take to the streets then a communication will be made among us. We call for all political parties to take to the streets against the fascism of the incumbent government for ensuring people’s voting rights,” Left Democratic Alliance convener Saiful Huq, also general secretary of Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh, told the daily sun.
He said they demand the resignation of the current Awami League government, dissolving parliament before the next general election and reconstitution of the election commission for holding a free, fair and inclusive election.