Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain started the opposition coalition's election campaign from Sylhet on Wednesday.He also renewed his call on the people to cast their vote and guard the polling stations to stop possible manipulation by the incumbants."You can't protect your ownership of the country until you cast your vote. You have to cast your vote and guard the polling stations to prevent manipulation," Kamal said.
He formally flagged off the polls campaign by offering fateha at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and later talked to journalists about the campaign, according to UNB.
Several thousand leaders and activists of BNP and its alliance partners thronged the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and its adjoining areas by 1pm.
The police did not allow the Oikya Front leaders to use loudspeakers on the shrine premise as the law enforcers said the alliance leaders did not take prior permission for the purpose.
The police men seized the chairs and tables brought by the alliance leaders to the shrine premises on the same ground.
Kamal together with Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JDS-Rab) president ASM Abdur Rab, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Quader Siddiqui, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan and other senior leaders of the Front visited the shrine around 4:45pm.
They also offered fateha at the shrine of Shah Paran (R) and carried out electioneering in the northeastern city in favour of the candidates who are contesting the elections with ’sheaf of paddy’ symbol.
Kamal told newsmen that the country’s people will not get back their ownership of the country if the election is not held in a credible manner.
"Independence becomes meaningless if tge people lose their ownership. Ensuring fair election is one of the goals of independence," he observed.
Kamal criticised the Awami League government for what he said continued arrest of the leaders and activists of the Oikya Front. "It’s not a sign of a fair election at all."
He, however, said in the election race, the opposition will ’fight to the last’ and force the government to hold a fair election together with the people.
The Oikya Front leader urged the people to go to the polling stations to cast their vote on 30 December.
Kamal and other Front leaders arrived at Sylhet Osmani International Airport around 4:10pm from Dhaka.