Opposition alliance the Jatiya Oikyafront, where the BNP is a major partner, is yet to confirm the venue for its planned mass hearing on February 24 over what it said December 30 engineered election. Oikyafront leaders said their first choice was the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh to hold the mass hearing. Besides, they also applied for using the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh, Mohanagar Nattya Mancha and Jatiya Press Club as their alternative venue for the post election mega event.
The Oikyafront wants to focus on overall scenarios before, during and after the 11th parliamentary elections based on evidence. They will invite victims, voters, polling agents, eyewitnesses and candidates to speak in the mass hearing, said the leaders.
A top Oikyafront leader said they already had a preparatory meeting on Wednesday and discussed different aspects of the mass hearing. “We will finalize the venue and detailed programme in a joint meeting of the coordination committee and steering committee of the Oikyafront on February 17,” said the leader.
Earlier, a meeting of the coordination committee was scheduled to be held on Saturday, he said.
The mass hearing will be held in a bid to bringing allegations of vote rigging, balloting stuffing and violence in the December 30 national election, the leader added.
On February 3, BNP chairperson’s adviser Abdus Salam
announced the Oikyafront’s programme of public hearing for February 24 against what he said was an one-sided and unfair parliamentary election.
This will be first major programme of the Oikyafront after organizing a human chain wearing black badges in front of Jatiya Press Club on February 6.
Founder of Gano Sastha Kendra Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury said they were likely to hold the public hearing at Institution of Engineering. The daylong programme will begin at 10:00pm, he said.
He said the allegations of vote rigging, stuffing ballots in the previous night of polling, and other irregularities would be focused on the meeting.
The veteran freedom fighter observed that the Prime Minister should form a judicial commission to investigate the alleged irregularities in the last election.
“It is high time for the prime minister to take the initiative for a dialogue to resolve the current political impasse,” he added.
General secretary of Ganoforum, Mostafa Mohsin Montu, said they were in touch with the authorities concern to finales the venue to hold the mass hearing on February 24.
Another Oikyafront leader, preferring anonymity, said the steering committee on Wednesday prepared a list regarding who would be invited to speak at the mass hearing.
He said applications have been deposited seeking permission to use the venue. It will depend on will of the police administration, he said.
The leader said the steering committee in its meeting decided to send a team to Biswa Ijtema and Central Shaheed Minar to place wreath to mark the Internaiotna Mother Language Day on February 21.