Jatiya Oikya Front on Thursday evening scrapped a decision to hold a rally in Dhaka on December 10 although leaders of the alliance announced the programme earlier on the day.
Emerging from a meeting of the alliance in the evening, its spokesperson and Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters that the meeting decided to postpone the programme for the time being.
He did not elaborate the reason, but said that they would hold the rally in the capital at the fag-end of the election campaign in favour of their alliance candidates.
The hour-long meeting was held at the alliance’s top leader Kamal Hossain’s office in the capital’s Motijheel.
Kamal Hossain, ASM Rob, Zafrullah Chowdhury and Fakhrul Islam were among the leaders attended the meeting.
Earlier in the morning, BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, on behalf of the alliance, at a news briefing at BNP central office at Nayapaltan announced the rally for December 10.
He said that they had submitted a letter to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Public Works Department authorities seeking permission for holding the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan at 2:00pm on December 10, a day after the last date of withdrawal of nomination papers, apparently to mount pressure on the government and the Election Commission to stop arrests of the candidates and their canvassers.
He said the JOF leaders would address the rally on latest political situation ahead of the election, which is scheduled for December 30.
Formed on October 13, the opposition alliance led by Kamal Hossain, held four rallies in Sylhet, Chittagong, Dhaka and Rajshahi, seeking people’s support for its seven-point demand including resignation of the government, formation of polls-time party-neutral government, dissolution of the parliament and release of BNP chief Khaleda Zia and other political prisoners for holding a free, fair and credible election.
Mirza Fakhrul told reporters that the alliance would disclose its election manifesto on December 17.
He said the manifesto will be announced unitedly by the allied parties.
The manifesto of the Jatiya Oikya Front would recommend a series of amendments to the constitution to bring balance in the powers of the prime minister and the president, according to the alliance’s manifesto drafting committee leaders.
They said their proposed amendment to the constitution would not allow anyone to hold the prime minister’s office for more than two terms, they said.
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