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Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front) leader Kamal Hossain on Saturday said the people as ‘owner of the republic’ gave judgement in favour of fair elections. “If you disregard or ignore this verdict, you will get punishment even beyond your imagination,” he told a rally, issuing a note of warning to the ruling Awami League government. - A home for your website

The police gave permission for holding this rally at Kazir Dewri Morh in the port city, instead of traditional venue of Laldighir Maidan.

Criticising such move, Kamal, the Gano Forum president who leads the new opposition coalition, said the people were made to suffer and those who are responsible for this must be accountable.

“You have to be accountable why permission for holding the rally at Laldighir Maidan was not given. Its forefathers property of someone. Its the people who are the owners of it,” he said.

Kamal, who is dubbed framer of the constitution in 1972, maintained that the people are the owners of the republic while the government is the service provider.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the fronts leader and JSD president ASM Abdur Rab, and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna addressed the rally among others.

UNB adds: Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain accused the government of regularly overriding the constitution, and warned that it has to be accountable to people for it one day.

"The constitution is being violated every day...they must be held accountable for it," he said.

Kamal, also a reputed lawyer, said the governments men will have to face trial for harassing people by implicating in false cases.

He criticised the government for not releasing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
He said the government will be forced to accept their alliances seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party government and dissolution of parliament, as people have got united.

"Theres nothing impossible to achieve when people get united as we had proved it in the past, including during the liberation war," he added.

Chattogram city unit BNP president Shahdat Hossain presided over the rally that started around 1:30pm with recitation from the holy Quran and holy Gita.

Before the beginning of the rally, senior leaders of the Front visited the shrine of Hazrat Shah Amanat (R) and offered fateha there.

This was the second rally of the newly formed alliance as it held its maiden one in Sylhet on 24 October.

Several hundred leaders and activists of the party holding placards, banners and portraits of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman started gathering at the rally venue since noon.

Huge law enforcers were deployed around the rally venue to maintain law and order.

The Fronts seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the election commission, release of all the political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.

On 13 October, the BNP together with Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand.