Former Awami League leader Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s civic rights organisation Nagarik Oikya, formed in 2012, emerged as a new political party of Bangladesh.
Nagarik Oikya convener Manna made the declaration on Friday through a press conference at National Press Club in Dhaka on the fifth anniversary of the organisaton.
‘I am declaring Nagarik Oikya as a new political party to meet the people’s aspiration for an alternative political force on its fifth anniversary,’ Manna said.
At present, 42 political parties are enlisted with the Election Commission but there are many political parties which do not have any registration, he said.
Manna said his political party would not act merely as a political party like other countless political parties of the country.
He formed the new political party, he said, aiming to ensure equality, human dignity and social justice for people as stipulated in the proclamation of country’s independence.
Twice elected as vice-president of DUCSU in 1979 and 1980, Manna said that his party’s ultimate goal would be to turn Bangladesh into a welfare state by implementing the pledges by phases.
Claiming that the country is passing through a critical time where a suffocating environment prevails, he said that only an inclusive and acceptable election could relieve the nation of such situation.
Manna termed the incumbent Awami League-led alliance government ethically ‘illegal’ and demanded an inclusive and acceptable election immediately.
Senior leaders of Nagarik Oikya were present at the press conference..