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Dr. Kamal Hossain addresses Jatiya Oikyafront's public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Photo: collected.

Get ready to guard polling stations

WT24 Desk

Noting that the independence becomes meaningless if there is no fair election in the country, Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday urged people to guard polling stations on the election day to ensure neutral election, Agencies report.

“Independence becomes meaningless if there’s no fair election. Guarding polling centres means guarding the independence. You’re the owners of the country. You need to wake up to establish your ownership,” he said while addressing a public rally of the Jatiya Oikyafront at Suhrawardy Udyan.

Mentioning that they have united for the sake of a fair election, Dr Kamal said they will take decisions unitedly.

He said they will ensure a free and fair election in the country and remove injustice.

In his speech, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they will launch a road march towards Rajshahi on November 8 and hold a rally there on November 9 if the Election Commission announces the schedule for the next general election on November 8.

Without giving the date, he also announced to march on foot towards Nirbachon Bhaban in the city. The rally activities formally started around 1:30pm on Tuesday with recitation from the holy Quran.

On Monday, the alliance got conditional permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold the public rally at SuhrawardyUdyan.

As per the conditions, the rally must be concluded by 5pm.

It is the third rally of the Oikyafront as the alliance held rallies in Sylhet and Chattogram on October 24 and 27 respectively.

Thousands of leaders and activists of the BNP holding placards, banners and portraits of its founder Ziaur Rahman, chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman started gathering at the rally venue since 11am.

The Oikyafront’s 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 October 13, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led JatiyaOikyaProkriya, JSD and NagorikOikya launched the JatiyOikyafront to press for their seven-point demand.

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