Jatiya Oikyafront will hold a citizens' dialogue in the capital on February 6, demanding re-election after cancelling the results of the 11th parliamentary election.
“We had earlier announced to hold the citizens' dialogue. We had booked a hall for January 28 accordingly. This date has been rescheduled. Our leader Dr Kamal Hossain will go abroad for health check-up. We'll hold the dialogue on February 6 after his return,” said leader of the coalition ASM Abdur Rob.
He was talking to reporters after a meeting of the Oikyafront Steering Committee at Dr Kamals' Motijheel chamber.
Rob, also president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), said they together with people from all classes and professions will continue their movement to make sure that people get back their voting, democratic, human and citizen rights. "”We don't want to announce any programme hurriedly out of desperation. We'll announce well thought-out programmes gradually.”
About the absence of any BNP representative -- including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir -- in the meeting, he said, “I talked to Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. He couldn't turn up as he is ill… Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy were supposed to attend the meeting. But they got stuck elsewhere. We'll be together in the next meeting.”
Asked about joining dialogue with PM Sheikh Hasina, Gono Forum leader Mostafa Mohsin Montu said, “Which prime minister? We do not acknowledge the election.”
Asked whether there is any difference in the coalition over the Jamaat issue, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said Jamaat is not an issue. “Vote robbery on December 29 in the December 30 election is now a big issue to us. Jamaat was never with us and isn't now.”
Gonoforum's Executive President Subrata Chowdhury and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury were, present at the meeting, among others, with Oikyafront Convener Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair.