JOF to hold rally on Dec 29 denouncing ‘vote robbery’

LDA to mark Dec 30 as ‘black day’

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:13, Dec 27,2019


Jatiya Oikya Front leaders hold a meeting at the front’s top leader Kamal Hossain’s office at Motijheel in Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo

Jatiya Oikya Front on Thursday announced that they would hold a rally in Dhaka on December 29 denouncing ‘vote robbery’ in December 30, 2018 national elections that witnessed widespread rigging, ousting agents of opposition political parties from polling centres and violence.

The front leader and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob announced the programme after an emergency meeting of the front’s steering committee at the Motijheel office of the alliance’s top leader Kamal Hossain and said that they would not seek permission from police to hold the rally.

The rally would be in front of the National Press Club.

He said that if their programme was obstructed, they would continue their movement until ousting the government.

Ahead of the December 30, 2018 elections, a number of opposition political parties including Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Gono Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD, Krishak Sramik Janata League and Nagarik Oikya as well as eminent citizens formed JOF under the leadership of jurist and Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain.

Responding to a question why the front announced the programme for December 29 while the anniversary of the election was December 30, 2019, another Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said, ‘the vote robbery was committed in the night past December 29, 2018. That is why we announced the programme for December 29.’ 

‘If we are obstructed, we will hold programmes for two days,’ he said.

After chairing the meeting, the front’s top leader and Gono Forum Dr Kamal Hossain said that they decided to consolidate the unity to begin movement to restore democracy.

BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, Gono Forum executive president Abu Sayeed and Gonosasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, among others, were present.

Left Democratic Alliance, a combine of nine left political parties, in a press release on Thursday said that they would observe December 30 as ‘Black Day’ and urged the people to take to the streets holding black flags to oust ‘fascist Awami League government’.

To make the programme successful and aware people, the alliance leaders distributed leaflets among people at Paltan, Dainik Bangla and Matijheel areas in Dhaka and mentioned the December 30, 2018 national election as an ‘election coup’.

They said that they would distribute leaflets at Mohakhali, Banani, Shantinagar and Malibagh areas today to drum up people’s support in favour of their programme.

Besides, the BNP on December 21 announced that they would observe December 30 as ‘Democracy Killing Day’ and announced countrywide programmes to denounce the December 30, 2018 national elections.

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