BNP, allies to rally over demands
Monday, 29 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

BNP and its allies will hold rallies countrywide on Oct 12 to make authorities concede to a five-point charter of demands they say is necessary to prepare the grounds for the general elections.

Secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain told reporters the programme was agreed upon at a meeting of the four-party alliance on Sunday.
The demands are lifting of emergency, cancellation of the Representation of the People Order (Amendment) Ordinance 2008, rescheduling of the Upazila polls, withdrawal of GATCO, Niko and Barapukhuria graft cases against BNP chief Khaleda Zia, and release of party adherents from prison before the Eid.
The alliance met at Delwar's NAM flats residence at 11:30am to discuss election issues.
"The four-party alliance which includes BNP is an election-oriented party cluster and it would like to participate in a free and fairly held polls."
"We would like to see the government and the Election Commission take certain actions, which we're presenting before the government as a five-point charter of demands."
Delwar said their alliance would hold meetings and rallies on Oct 12 in Dhaka and the rest of the country to realise the demands.
Asked what they were their plans during the elections if the demands were not met, Delwar said, "We'd like to see first what the Election Commission does and then we'll make decisions on the matter. We're awaiting the government's decision now."
Earlier, the four-party alliance had set Sept. 20 to press demands for an end to the emergency rules clamped on Jan. 11, 2007.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Jama'at-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, assistant secretary general ATM Azharul Islam, Bangladesh Jatiya Party chairman Andalib Rahman, secretary general Shamim Al Mamun, Islami Oikyo Jote secretary general Abdul Latif Nezami, Khilafat-e-Majlish secretary general Ahmed Abdul Kader, BNP joint secretary general Nazrul Islam Khan and office secretary Rizvi Ahmed

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