Dhaka, Sep 22 (Just News): Jatiya Oikya Prokriya today issued an ultimatum to the government for implementing its three-point demands including formation of an election-time neutral administration by September 30.
“The government will have to form a nonparty neutral election-time administration by September 30 through holding talks with opposition political parties to hold the next general election in a free and fair manner,” the ultimatum came from the rally of the Jatiya Oikya Prokriya held at Mahanagar Natya Mancha in Dhaka this afternoon.
The rest two demands are: reconstitution of the current Election Commission and dissolution of the 10th parliament by the time frame.
Eng Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah, convener of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power, and Ports, read out ultimatum on behalf of the Jatiya Oikya Prokriya.
Top leaders of different political parties including BNP equivocally extended their full support to the declaration and underscored the need to build a greater national unity to “restore democracy” in the country.
Speaking at the rally, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir extended his party’s all-out support to the demand for ensuring people’s right to elect their representatives through a fair election.
“The government must have to resign by dissolving the current parliament. Let’s come forward to build a greater national unity to restore democracy in the country through holding fair national polls,” Fakhrul said.
The Jatiya Oikya Prokriya (National unity process) convened by Gono Forum President Kamal Hossain, organised the rally at Mahanagar Natya Mancha.
Addressing the rally, BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed demanded non-party election-time government and reconstitution of the current Election Commission to ensure people’s right to elect their representatives through a fair election.
“We are with you (Jatiya Oikya Prokriya) and will remain in the process to forge the greater national unity,” Moudud said.
Some leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, especially Khelafat Majlish and Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam attended the meeting that began around 3:00pm.
Kamal Hossain himself went to the meeting venue minutes before 3:00pm, as his party’s supporters arrived there with small processions.
The BNP activists joined the rally with processions, chanting slogans demanding release of party chief begum Khaleda Zia and welcoming the national unity initiative.
Earlier, several hundred leaders and activists of BNP, components of Juktafront, and Gono Forum joined the rally that began around 3:00pm.
Jatiya Oikya Prokriya Convener and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain presided over the rally while Juktafront Chairman and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury was present as the chief guest.
Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, BNP Standing Committee Members Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain and Abdul Moeen Khan, leaders of other components of Jatiya Oikya Prokriya and Juktafront, and BNP-led 20-party alliance joined the rally.
On September 15, Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Juktafront and Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya formally announced forging of a “greater national unity” to ensure that people elect their representatives through a fair election.