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BNP, Oikya Front to go slow, reflect on polls debacle

BNP, Oikya Front to go slow, reflect on polls debacle

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BNP and its partners in the two political combines -- Jatiya Oikya Front and 20-party alliance -- are now analyzing the reasons behind their debacle in the 11th parliamentary polls, insiders said.

Shocked and disappointed by the election results, the opposition coalitions decided not to launch any programme hurriedly, they said.

Asked about BNP’s next course of action, party standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman on Thursday told the daily sun that the party has not yet decided their next course of action.

“Our party will hold meetings to decide what to do next,” he said.

The BNP leader also said they should re-organise the party before moving to the next course of action. “The party should be made stronger before launching any programme,” he said.

Asked about the Oikya Front’s next course of action, its coordinator Mostafa Mohsin Montu, also general secretary of Gana Forum, said they will sit with their alliance candidates and district level leaders to decide on their next course of action.

Another senior Oikya Front leader said “Now it is important for us to keep the unity intact and overcome the shock. Then we can decide on our next strategy.”

Oikya Front candidates on Thursday held a meeting at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office and discussed the national election and their strategy.

After the meeting, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters that every Oikya Front candidate will file a case with the Election Tribunal, rejecting the election results and elaborating the allegations of vote rigging.

He also said their elected MPs will not take oath as they have rejected the election.

Later on Thursday, an Oikya Front delegation went to the Election Commission where they submitted a memorandum demanding a fresh election under a non-party administration.

In Sunday’s parliamentary elections, BNP bagged only five seats while its alliance partner Gana Forum got two seats.

At a meeting on Monday evening, BNP as well as Jatiya Oikya Front senior leaders turned down the election results and decided to submit a memorandum to the Election Commission demanding re-election.

In a post-poll reaction, they already demanded cancellation of the 11th parliament election and demanded fresh election under an election time non-party, neutral government.

Sources said Oikya Front has moved to collect documents and information on vote rigging from every constituency to submit those to the EC and other important offices at home and abroad to reinforce their demand for re-election under a non-party administration.

Sources inside the BNP and Oikya Front said the opposition coalition has decided not to go for any programme hurriedly.

They are also not going to launch any harsher programme like hartal or blockade but has a plan to go through minor programmes like discussion, human chain and hunger strike to press home their demands, sources added.

BNP, Oikya Front and 20-party alliance also want to place their allegations of ‘rigging, stuffing ballot boxes and other irregularities’ in the parliamentary election to the international community to gain international support, Oikya Front sources said.