Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain has urged all to get ready for a united movement to “restore” democracy. He made the call at a rally in Sylhet on Wednesday, the first programme of the Jatiya Oikya Front alliance he heads. Dr Kamal forged the alliance with the BNP, the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD, and the Nagorik Oikya 10 days ago ahead of the general elections.
Addressing the rally, he also called upon the government to release BNP chief Khaleda Zia who has been jailed in a corruption case.
“We must unite if we want to break free from autocracy, become free people of a free country, and return power to the people. All must hit the street,” he said.
“I strongly believe victory will be ours if we unite. We, the people of Bangladesh, will win back our rights to the countrys ownership through a united movement. We will take control of the state,” he added.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir reiterated the Fronts seven-point charter of demand for fair elections at the rally on the Registry Office premises.
The demands include release of Khaleda and dissolution of parliament before holding the general elections with a non-partisan government in power.
“Our goal is to restore democracy, ensure the peoples rights and establish a welfare state. Lets unite,” Mirza Fakhrul said.
He also claimed the “huge turnout at the rally despite obstacles” proved that the people want democracy back. “We will bring back our rights through peaceful movement,” he said.
JSD chief ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya Convenor Mahmudur Rahman Manna also spoke at the rally presided over by BNP leader and Sylhet Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury.
Before the rally, the leaders of the Front offered prayers at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal and Hazrat Shahparan, and the grave of MAG Osmani, commander-in-chief of the Bangladesh Forces during the 1971 War of Independence.