‘We believe in dialogue. We always think people are the owners of (state) power. We want talks to be held in the interest of the nation’
Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain has said their alliance will hold talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led 14-party alliance today in the interestof the nation.
Dr Kamal was speaking at a discussion program of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab), at the National Press Club, to mark its 46th founding anniversary yesterday, reports UNB.
"We believe in dialogue. We always think people are the owners of (state) power. We want talks to be held in the interestof the nation," he said.
Dr Kamal also said they will take the country forward with united efforts through the talks. "The victory of the united people is certain."
Dr Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, said: “A national unity has already been forged in the country for a fair election.”
He called upon all to get organized at every village and locality with their demand to hold a fair election. "We want a credible election and we must protect its results after the polls so that no one can snatch it."
Kamal also urged all to get united to protect the country's interests and resources as its owner.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at the program criticized the government for what he said its repressive acts.
"Our leaders and activists are being arrested every day. So, there's a doubt in people about the prime minister's sincerity over the talks and its outcome," he said.
He however hoped, the prime minister will use the dialogue as a scope for restoration of democracy, people's rights and build Bangladesh as a true democratic country.
Fakhrul also hoped that Jatiya Oikya Front's seven-point demand will be accepted through the dialogue to resolve the country's political situation.
JSD President ASM Abdur Rab said they have formed the Oikya Front to establish a pro-people government.
He called upon the prime minister to accept their seven-point demand through the talks in the interest of peace and aspirations of the freedom fighters by ensuring people's voting rights.
At the meeting, 19 different political parties expressed their solidarity with Jatiya Oikya Front.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiya Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand.
The Oikya Front's seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the Election Commission, release of all the political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS) for use in the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.