Jatiya Oikya Front on Thursday briefed foreign diplomats stationed in Bangladesh on its seven-point demands, including resignation of the government, formation of party-neutral government and dissolution of parliament before the 11th parliamentary polls.
The newly floated front’s top leader, Dr Kamal Hossain, briefed diplomats from different countries at a Dhaka city hotel about its common demands and objectives which they had declared while launching the political alliance on October 13.
The JOF demands include resignation of the government, dissolution of parliament, formation of poll-time non-party neutral government through discussion with political parties, release of all political prisoners including imprisoned BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and withdrawal of false cases.
The objectives include balance of power between parliament and executive (president and prime minister) by eliminating concentration of power in one hand, administrative decentralisation, appointing an ombudsman, establishing a welfare state based on good governance and justice and the spirit of the liberation struggle by putting an end to the existing ‘authoritarian’ government.
After the meeting, the front leader, ASM Abdur Rob, told journalists that it was a closed door opinion exchange meeting, adding that Dr Kamal, also president of Gono Forum, replied to queries of the diplomats.
He said the meeting with the diplomats was accomplished successfully.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, without detailing, told the reporters that they exchanged opinions with the diplomats.
Diplomats of over 20 countries including the USA, the UK, China, European Union, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, Turkey, Pakistan and Switzerland attended the meeting that lasted for about an hour from 3:00pm.
Dr Kamal told the diplomats that the front was being led by a joint leadership, said sources present in the meeting.
About Jamaat, he said the coalition was formed with pro-independence forces and Jamaat was now not a registered political party.
Responding to another question, Kamal said the president and the prime minister would be appointed according to the constitution if they were voted to power.
He said they would participate in the election if congenial atmosphere was created ahead of the poll due within January 28, 2019.
The front comprises Bangladesh Nationalist Party, JSD (Rob) and Nagorik Oikya.
BNP leaders including Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Rafiqul Islam Mia, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Abdullah Al Noman, Selima Rahman, Barkatullah Bulu, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya leaders Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Subrata Chowdhury and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gono Shashthya Kendra Founder Zafrullah Chowdhury and former army-backed caretaker government adviser Mainul Hosein, among others, attended the meeting.
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