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AL least bothered about Jatiya Oikya Front

Abu Jakir
AL least bothered about Jatiya Oikya Front

The Awami League (AL) will prioritise its pre-election campaigns over putting much emphasis on the newly formed Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front). AL insiders say the ruling party does not consider the Jatiya Oikya Front as a challenge in the next polls.

They, however, suspect that the new alliance can hatch a conspiracy to oust the present Sheikh Hasina government and will stay alert on the streets till the next election.

AL leaders say they will be on their toes to resist the Front from taking to the streets.  The ruling party will soon announce a series of programmes across the country, they add. On Saturday, the Jatiya Oikya Front was formed with the Gono Forum of Dr Kamal Hossain, the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) led by ASM Abdur Rab, Nagorik Oikya led by Mahmudur Rahman Manna and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

The alliance unveiled a seven-point charter of demands including holding the next parliamentary election under a non-partisan administration, dissolution of Parliament before the poll and a total reformulation of the Election Commission (EC). Its 11-point goal include ensuring checks and balances in the state power.

“Our target is the next parliamentary election. We'll give more importance to the polls than any other issues. We're already on the streets across the country with various political programmes. Our main task is to project the government’s development works before the people,” said a central working committee member of the AL.

When contacted, AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said: "We're not really bothered about what the BNP has been doing. Our main target is the next poll.”

“Yes, we'll stay alert so that the new alliance cannot unleash anarchy in the name of launching a movement or by hatching a conspiracy,” he added. AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim said the government would not meet any demands of the Jatiya Oikya Front. He also asked BNP leaders to come to power by winning the next general election and then to form a caretaker government.

Branding the BNP as a ‘master of conspiracy’, Nasim said no plot will work now. “The election is knocking on the door. Get ready for it,” he added.

About the Jatiya Oikya Front’s movement, AL city unit leader Shahe Alam Murad said the party was always ready to face any political force. “The Front has been claiming that its leaders and activists would take to the streets, but they are yet try that. We're waiting for them. If they try to create anarchy in the name of movement, we'll give them a befitting reply,” he added.

Meanwhile, the ruling party has informally started its pre-election campaigning through various party programmes across the country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought votes for boat (Nouka), electoral symbol of her party, at a rally in Kathalbari area under Shibchar upazila of Madaripur district.

In keeping with per the party’s election campaign, the Premier has already visited Barisal, Chandpur, Chittagong, Khulna, Jessore and Thakurgaon and addressed public rallies there. She urged people to vote for the AL in the upcoming poll. Party insiders said Hasina would continue such tours till the next election.

An AL delegation, led by its general secretary Obaidul Quader, will also continue to visit different organisational districts to drum up support for the party ahead of the next poll.

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