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National Unity Process convenor Kamal Hossain, United Front’s AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir joined a rally on Saturday that called for restoration of democracy, rule of law and voting rights of people. Opposition

Also joined by some other opposition leaders and civil society representatives, the rally gave the government a 30 September deadline to meet its three-point demand, especially steps for formation of a polls-time neutral government through dialogue between political parties.

The forum of the opposition coalition demanded reconstitution of the election commission and dissolution of parliament before announcement of the election schedule. The 11th parliamentary election is due later this year.

“We called for unity of all pro-democracy forces and we Jukto (United) Front, Kamal Hossain, BNP and other national leaders discussed the unity issue. The unity process is on and we are optimistic about progress,” said Badruddoza Chowdhury, a former president, who floated the United Front recently.

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He insisted that steps must be taken to ensure that no autocratic government could be installed in Bangladesh in future.

The National Unity Process announced to hold rallies across the country beginning 1 October to engage people with their unity process. National leaders are expected to be present there.

UNB adds: Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah, convener of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, read out the proclamation of the citizens’ rally.

Kamal Hossain-led National Unity Process organised the rally at Mahanagar Natya Mancha in the city as part of its efforts to create a greater national unity to ensure a ‘functional democracy’ in the country through holding a credible national election. Kamal Hossain presided over the rally.

Top leaders of BNP and its some alliance partners, Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh, Jataiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob), Nagorik Oikya, Ganosanghati Andolon and different other political parties and some civil society members joined the rally, and expressed their solidarity with the demands.

The rally urged upon people to form committees of the ‘greater national unity’ in all the districts. upazilas, unions and wards comprising all the political parties, individuals, the people of all walks of life and civil society members who believe in the spirit of the liberation war to realise the demands of the mass people through united and peaceful programmes.

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