Jatiya Oikyafront key leader Dr Kamal Hossain today called upon the Election Commission to take legal steps within a day or two to stop the mass arrest of opposition party men and attack on them.
Kamal Hossain also Gono Forum president made the demand while holding a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the commission’s Agargaon office in Dhaka this afternoon.
While talking to reporters after the meeting, Kamal said if the government thinks that the Oikyafront would boycott the election in the face of the ongoing attacks, then it will be wrong.
“Even if we die, we will not boycott the election. You (Oikyafront supporters) should go to the polling station carrying my dead body if needed to vote,” Kamal expressed his determination.
Alleging that the CEC is not exercising his constitutional power, vested upon him, fully, Kamal said he requested the commission to come up with directives to the law enforcement agencies for stopping the attacks being continued on the opposition party men.
The top brass of the Oikyafront met the CEC and discussed the country’s current political situation ahead of the upcoming parliamentary election.
He also submitted a letter citing facts over mass arrests and filing of false cases against the alliance leaders, activists and supporters.
‘Situation may take serious turn anytime’
Jatiya Oikyafront top leader Dr Kamal Hossain today warned that the county's situation may take a serious turn anytime if obstacles are created to hold a fair and credible election.
"I would like to warn that if an obstacle is created towards holding a fair election and any move is taken to retain power by force, the country's situation will take a serious turn which is not acceptable to anyone,” he said while releasing the alliance's manifesto at a city hotel.
He also urged the police not to obey any illegal order. "I would like to remind the police that obeying any illegal order is a crime."
"Please uphold the force's reputation that you've gained and taken steps to stop the indiscriminate arrest of opposition activists just 10 to 12 days before the national election," the senior politician urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Claiming that a total of 1900 leaders and activists were arrested across the country, Dr Kamal said it is a matter of national shame.
WHAT IS JATIYA OIKYAFRONT?
The Jatiya Oikyafront is an alliance of the BNP, Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, ASM Abdur Rob’s Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, and Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s Nagorik Oikya.
The Oikyafront was formed on October 13 with the demands of a national election under a neutral government after dissolution of parliament and release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.