12:49 PM, December 17, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:38 PM, December 17, 2018

Oikyafront promises stern actions over banking scams

Stern actions will be taken against persons responsible for banking scams and the Bangladesh Bank will be given full autonomy to run the banking sector, Jatiya Oikyafront said in its manifesto.

Mahmudur Rahman Manna, convener of Nagorik Oikya and a leader of the Oikyafront, read out the manifesto in a press briefing at a hotel in Dhaka today.

Manna said corruption during the current government’s tenure will be investigated and the persons found involved will be brought to justice.

The Anti -Corruption Commission will be made truly independent, the alliance said in its election promises.

The provision to get prior government permission to arrest civil servants will be scrapped, Oikyafront leader Manna said.

He further said effective measures will be taken to stop flight of capital and money already laundered will be brought back.

No on-going projects will be cancelled but a committee will be formed to review the projects taken hurriedly in the last two years, he said.

Actions will be taken against share market scamsters, he added.


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.


Formed with major political oppositions to ruling alliance, the Oikyafront includes ruling Awami League’s arch opposition BNP.

Currently, they are campaigning with a seven-point charter including freedom for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and election under a nonpartisan government.


The 11-point goal announced by the alliance includes ensuring checks and balances in the state power, decentralisation of administration, freeing MPs from the stringent restrictions imposed on them under article 70 of the constitution, formation of a constitutional commission to make appointments to all constitutional and other important posts and full independence of the judiciary.

The alliance also announced a seven-point demand, including the one for holding the next parliamentary election under a nonpartisan government, dissolution of parliament before the polls and reconstitution of the Election Commission.

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