BNP, Jukta Front, Nagorik Oikya draft common vision, demands

The opposition meeting at the Uttara resident of JSD president ASM Abdur Rob. photo collected
The opposition meeting at the Uttara resident of JSD president ASM Abdur Rob. photo collected

Dhaka, Oct 12 – Amid differences of opinion, BNP, Jukta Front and Nagorik Oikya have finalised the draft of common seven-point demand and 11-point vision, in principle to wage a combined movement for holding next general elections under a neutral government. Top leaders of the parties involved in national unity process finalised the draft of common demands and visions at a meeting at Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Rab’s Uttara residence yesterday.
BNP leaders-BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Barrister Moudud Ahmed, JSD president ASM Rab, vice president Tania Rab, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, general secretary of Gano Forum Mostafa Mohsin Montu, executive president Advocate Subrata Chowdhury, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh leader Mahi B Chowdhury, Gano Sastha Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, former student leader Sultana Mohammed Mansur, among others, were present at the meeting.
Local Awami League brought out a procession from in front of the residence of ASM Rab while the meeting was in progress, according to meeting sources.
Briefing reporters, Nagorik Oikya convenor Mahmudur Rahman Manna said the draft of a common set of demands and visions has been finalised at the meeting that began at 3:00 pm to wage a united movement.
“After finalizing the demands and visions they will be announced tomorrow (Saturday),” he said after the meeting continued for about three hours.
Replying to a question, Bikala Dhara leader Mahi B Chowdhury said journalists would be able to know today as to which decision was taken regarding the Jamaat-e-Islami, a major ally of the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
Earlier, he demanded the BNP to drop the Jamaat to forge a greater national unity with them.
BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed said there is no new message to them to disclose. “Whatever message Mahmudur Rahman disclosed is today’s (Friday) decision. You have to wait till tomorrow (Saturday) to know the rest,” he said. – Staff Reporter