Dhaka, Sep 5 (Just News): Some of the major opposition political parties of Bangladesh have come together with a unity based on minimum consensus for moving towards an acceptable general election.
BNP, Bikolpodhara Bangladesh, Gonoforum, JatiyaSamajtantrik Dal and NagorikOikya came up with the call from a programme held at Jatiya Press Club today.
Nagorik Oikya organised the discussion titled “Boycotting Electronic Voting Machines, national election and political alliance.”
Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury of Bikalpadhara, Dr Kamal Hossain of Gonoforum, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir of BNP, ASM Abdur Rob of JSD and Mahmudur Rahman Manna of Nagorik Oikya were present at the meeting.
This is for the first time in the last several years the top leaders of the main opposition parties gathered at the same stage and called for waging movement against the government.
“The democracy that exists is only for the ruling party,” said Prof B Chowdhury, chairman of Bikalpadhara. “We have tolerated the autocratic rule in the country for so many years in the name of democracy. We will not tolerate this situation anymore,” he added.
The senior politician urged the government to deploy armed forces before 30 days of the election day and continue their deployment until 10 days after the election.
Gonoforum President Kamal Hossain called upon all democratic and non-communal forces to unite. "Those who gathered on this stage want to forge a national unity so that we can establish a pure democracy," he said.
Dr Kamal, one of the architect of the country’s constitution urged people to get united in the interest of the nation. "We'll unite against injustice. It's the nature of the Bangaleeto not to bow down before injustice. We must free ourselves from injustice."
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir called upon all, irrespective of religious and political identities,to unite and save the country like 1971. “We will try to realise people’s right and save the country even at the cost of our last drop of blood.”
Bangladesh Kalyan Party chief Maj Gen (retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, political analysts Prof Dilara Chowdhury and Prof Asif Nazrul were among others who spoke at the discussion.