BNP and ‘Ganatantra Mancha' on Tuesday reached a consensus to wage a movement together to oust the current Awami League government for holding a credible election and reform the state. "We have agreed in today’s (Tuesday’s) meeting that we will carry out a simultaneous movement to create a mass uprising against the present government through greater national unity. We’ve already started working in this regard,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a dialogue between the leaders of BNP and Ganatantra Mancha at the BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office. During the talks, Fakhrul said they discussed how to reform the state governance system. "We hope we would be able to agree on the matter through more discussions in the days to come.” He said they will have more discussions in the future to complete the process. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) President ASM Abdur Rob said, "Today is a historic day for Bangladesh. A message will be sent to the entire world that the political parties and the people of Bangladesh have forged a greater national unity today to remove the present autocratic regime, that came to power illegally by stealing votes in the dark of night,” Rob said. Based on the unity, he said they will also repair and reform the state and the constitution, and carry out the movement and join the election together. Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said they are united to wage a simultaneous anti-government movement. “I can say we’re in the movement from today and will remain in it in the future." Liaison committee to be formed Fakhrul said a huge enthusiasm has already been created among the people of Bangladesh to unseat the government through a united movement. “So, we’ve decided that we’ll form a liaison committee based on discussions with the political parties so that it (simultaneous movement) can be launched as early as possible,” he said. The BNP leader said the liaison committee will determine the goals, points, programmes, and the outline of the simultaneous movement. “We have agreed on the matter." Chief Coordinator of Gano Samhati Andolan Zonayed Saki said they reached an understanding that the parties, which are going to launch the movement, will not go to any election under the present government. He said they want the resignation of the Awami League government and the next polls to be held under a neutral interim government. After the polls, Saki said a qualitative change in the governance of Bangladesh will be brought through constitutional reforms. Earlier, Fakhrul sat in talks with a delegation of the ‘Ganatantra Mancha' at the BNP Chairperson's Gulshan office at 11:40am and the meeting lasted for around two hours. BNP standing Committee members Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku were also present at the meeting. The Ganatantra Mancha delegations include JSD's Abdur Rob and Shahid Uddin Mahmud Swapan; Nagorik Oikya's Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Shahidullah Qaiser; Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party's Saiful Haque and Akbar Khan; Gano Samhati Andolan's Zonayed Saki and Abul Hasan Rubel; Gono Odhikar Parishad’s Farooq Hasan, Bhasani Onusari Parishad’s Sheikh Rafiqul Islam Bablu and Habibur Rahman Riju and Rastra Sangskar Andolon’s Imran Imon and Syed Hasib Uddin Hossain. About the absence of the top leaders of the Gono Odhikar Parishad, the Ganatantra Mancha leaders said its convener Reza Kibria was staying abroad and member secretary Nurul Haque Nur had a scheduled meeting with an embassy. On August 8, ‘Ganatantra Mancha, a new platform of seven opposition parties, was launched with the objective to oust the government through a united movement. The components of the alliance are Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Rob), Nagorik Oikya, Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party, Gonosamhati Andolon, Gono Odhikar Parishad, Bhasani Onusari Parishad and Rastra Sangskar Andolon. This was their first meeting with BNP after the formation of 'Ganatantra Manch'. As part of BNP’s second phase of talks to forge national unity for a united movement, Fakhrul sat with the opposition platform. BNP began its second phase of dialogue on October 2 to finalise the demands of the planned simultaneous movement. Earlier, BNP had discussions with 23 parties during its first phase of talks that began on May 24 to work out the outline for launching a united movement to 'restore' democracy and people’s voting rights.
The newly formed 'Ganatantra Mancha', a new political alliance of seven isolated parties has no importance in the political field or in polls, said Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday. Each member of the alliance is detached from the people and abandoned in politics, he said while replying to the reporter over the alliance of seven parties at his official residence in the capital. "Since they themselves are insignificant, they are only trying to increase their importance significance by forming an alliance, nothing else," he added. Read:BNP sees Ganatantra Mancha in line with its call for united opposition Earlier in the morning, the minister visited the family of Taslima Begum Renu, who was lynched over a toxic rumour of child trafficking ring somehow related to Padma Bridge, outside a school in Mohakhali, where she had gone to seek her own child's admission. Hasan handed over financial assistance on behalf of Awami League. Hasan said victim Renu went to a school to talk about her child's admission, but she was brutally killed in a mob beating in 2019 following BNP-Jamaat's rumour that blood and human sacrifice would be needed for Padma Bridge construction. ”This is not acceptable by any means," he said, adding that many persons were killed because of the rumour. He assured the victim's family of providing support to the trial of the murder case. Hasan also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave a directive to stand by such victims.
Welcoming the new political platform bringing together 7 political parties, BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Tuesday said the emergence of an opposition alliance is a success for their party’s move to wage a united movement against the current government. “We welcome the launch of Ganatantra Mancha. We have long been making the demands those they (new alliance) have mentioned,” he said. Talking to reporters before a doa mahfil-cum discussion, the BNP leader said their party have been saying this regime has to resign and no election can be held under it, the parliament must be dissolved, the next polls must be arranged under a non-party neutral government and the Election Commission must be reconstituted. “We have seen they (new alliance) are also making the same demands. So, we think this is a success of our efforts to initiate a united movement. We think this is a step forward for the future united movement,” he observed. BNP arranged the programme at its Nayapaltan central office marking the Holy Ashura. Read: Hasan Mahmud dismisses Ganatantra Mancha as out-of-touch, insignificant Earlier on Monday, "Ganatantra Mancha”, (Democracy Forum) a new platform of seven opposition parties, was launched with the objective to oust the current government through a united movement. The components of the alliance are Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Rob), Nagorik Oikya, Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party, Gonosamhati Andolon, Gono Odhikar Parishad, Bhasani Onusari Parishad and Rastra Sangskar Andolon. Asked about the progress in their move to float a greater platform with the opposition parties for a simultaneous movement, Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member said, they are still working on it very carefully so that no one can foil their efforts. As his attention was drawn to BNP standing committee members’ comments that this government cannot be ousted without harsher programmes like hartal and blockade, he said their party had been on a movement with harsher progrmames in 2014 and 2015. “There are many ministers who also say, we cannot wage a movement…movement means people's protest and resistance in an organised way. It can be through hartal or through various other ways. It's not like we can’t enforce a hartal or a blockade. But why should we do it randomly at an inappropriate time?” Nazrul said. Stating that political parties are getting organised against the government’s incompetence and failure to run the state, he said people will participate in their parogrammes tremendously in the days to come out of their growing anger. The BNP leader alleged that the ruling party leaders are making unguarded remarks about BNP and its movement out of fear to face a fall. “There is reason to be confused with their remarks. They are in great danger."
Ganatantra Mancha”, a new platform of seven opposition parties, was launched on Monday with the objective to oust the government through a united movement. The components of the alliance are Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Rob), Nagorik Oikya, Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party, Gonosamhati Andolon, Gono Odhikar Parishad, Bhasani Onusari Parishad and Rastra Sangskar Andolon. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Rob) President ASM Abdur Rob made a formal announcement about the platform at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU). Also read: Fuel Price Hike: Jatiya Party announces two-day protest programme He said they floated the alliance due to the unavoidable necessity of history for building Bangladesh based on the spirit of the liberation war and the aspirations of people. “This platform has been formed with an aim to oust the dictatorial government, changing the state’s governance system, ensuring the constitutional reform and repairing the state,” Rob said. He urged people from all walks of life, including journalists, lawyers, professionals, workers, students, teachers, engineers, doctors, intellectuals and the youth to join the platform for carrying out a struggle for rebuilding the nation. The JSD president alleged that the current government has got isolated from people as it has usurped power by rigging votes. “We make an open declaration that you must go and you must quit power. This government will be overthrown through a mass upsurge.” He said their alliance will wage a movement for the restoration of democracy. “We call upon people to join the movement. Everyone must take to the streets for democracy.” Also read: Don't cry, wake up: Fakhrul to BNP activists Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna presented the framework of the 'Ganotantra Manch' at the press conference. He said the country’s people want a greater united movement on the streets with specific goals for bringing a change in the government. “That’s why we consider it an urgent duty to take to the streets by forging a greater unity of political parties, people of all strata, all organisations and social forces as per the aspirations of people." Manna said their platform thinks it will not be possible to restore people’s voting rights, and democratic system, and establish a polls-time interim government for a fair and credible election without removing the current ‘fascist’ regime. He said the objective of their alliance is to force the government to step down, dissolve parliament and hand over power to an interim government based on a political consensus. “This interim government will reconstitute the Election Commission, make necessary administrative reforms, make appropriate reforms in the Political Party Registration Act, RPO and the electoral laws to ensure a citizen's right to vote, and abolish the EVM system,” Manna said. He said Ganatantra Mancha will stage a demonstration in the capital on Aug 11 in protest against repressions, attacks and brutality by police, the increase in prices of goods, fuel and the government’s indifference to public suffering. Before the 2018 election, JSD, Nagorik Oikya and Gonoforum together with BNP had formed a political platform, Jatiya Oikyafront. But the platform gradually became inactive after the election. Meanwhile, BNP initiated talks with the opposition political parties on May 24 last to work out the outline for launching a united movement against the government. Amid BNP’s ongoing talks with the political parties, Ganatantra Mancha started its journey on Monday.
BNP on Tuesday sat with Ganosanghati Andolan in the city as part of its ongoing dialogue with political parties to forge a strong unity for a greater movement for the "restoration" of democracy. A BNP delegation, led by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir joined the talks around 12:15pm at Ganosanghati Andolan’s Hatirpool central office. Amid the speculation about the formation of a new political platform, 'Ganatantra Mancha', by seven parties, BNP is holding the talks with one of its probable components Ganosanghati Andolan. Also read: BNP vows to overcome intimidation, repression: Fakhrul The other BNP delegation members include its standing committee members Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuk and former MP Zahir Uddin Swapan. Ganosanghati Andolan’s chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, its executive coordinator Abul Hasan Rubel, political council member Taslima Akhter, party leaders Hasan Maruf Rumi, Bachchu Bhuiyan, Deepak Roy, Shyamoli Shil and Mizanur Rahman, among others, took part in the talks. On May 24, BNP formally began a dialogue with other opposition parties with the first meeting with Nagorik Oikya aimed at forging unity among opposition political parties. Also read: AL leaders to leave country bowing heads: Fakhrul Three days later, the party also sat with the Labour Party, one of the components of the 20-party alliance. The BNP standing committee decided to hold talks with political parties and finalise an outline of a united movement through the discussions.