Jatiya Oikya Front set to finalise, name, goals, demands

Meeting postponed as police cordon off Zafrullah’s house

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 12,2018 | Updated: 01:47, Oct 12,2018

 
 

A joint meeting of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Juktafront and Jatiya Oikya Prakriya scheduled for Thursday evening was postponed.
Jatiya Oikya Prokriya member-secretary ABM Mostafa Amin told New Age that the joint meeting was postponed as law enforcers cordoned off Gonoshashthaya Kendra trustee Zafrullah Chowdhury’s house in Dhaka in the evening.
Despite postponement of the meeting they almost finalised the name and 7-point demands and 11-point goals of their greater unity, said leaders in the process.
They said that the drafts of the name, demands and gaols were finalised at an informal meeting at Jatiya Oikya Prakriya convener Kamal Hossain’s chamber at Motijheel and those were set to be endorsed at the meeting scheduled for 9:00pm on Thursday at Uttara house of Juktafront leader ASM Abdur Rob, also the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction president.
They said that they primarily decided that the coalition would be called ‘Jatiya Oikya Front.’
The 7-point demands include release of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, resignation of the government, dissolution of parliament and formation of polls-time neutral government before pronouncement of the schedule for the 11th parliamentary polls likely to be held in December, reconstitution of the Election Commission, no use of EVM, establishment of a level playing field and deployment of army with magistracy during polls, said a Juktafront leader.
The goals include ensuring balance of power in between parliament, government, prime minister and president, ensuring independence of judiciary and bringing time befitting amendment to the constitution including to the Article 70.
The name, goals and demands would be formally endorsed in the next joint meeting in a day or two, the leaders said.
After finalisation, the goals and demands might be announced at a public meeting in Dhaka in last week of October, the sources said.
Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, a component of Juktafront, is likely to quit the coalition because of disagreement on some issues, a Juktafront leader said.

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