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Jatiya Oikya Prokriya convener Kamal Hossain speaks at a press conference at the National Press Club on Saturday. Photo: Courtesy

‘Jatiya Oikya Front’ launched

WT24 Desk

Finally, the new opposition coalition styled ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’ or ‘National Unity Front’ has been launched with former president Badruddoza Chowdhury still absent from the process, Agencies report.

Main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Jatiya Oikya Prokriya led by Kamal Hossain and Jukta Front on Saturday made the announcement of formation of the ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’.

Their key common goals are to ensure a free and fair election in the country and bring changes in the future politics. The Front keeps its eyes on the 11th national election due later this year or early next year.

The new alliance raised seven demands, that include release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

On behalf of the new coalition, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna made the announcement at a press conference at the National Press Club in the evening.

Jatiya Oikya Prokriya convener Kamal Hossain chaired the session and said: “We’re forging the unity in the interest of 16 crore (160 million) people of the country, not to protect the interest of any party.”

He hoped that AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Bikalpadhara Bangladesh would also join the new alliance later.

Two leaders of Jukta Front, JSD president ASM Abdur Rob and Mahmudur Rahman Manna, who represet Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukto Front, were present at the press conference.

However, Badruddoza Chowdhury’s absence from the process became a talk of the town. He and his son Mahi B Chowdhury held a separate press briefing at their Baridhara residence.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, its standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed, former caretaker adviser Mainul Hosein and civil society representative Zafrullah Chowdhury, and former vice president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed were present at the press conference.

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