The domination of businessmen in politics has thrown the state of affairs in Bangladesh in a shambles and it would take no less than a revolution to put things back on track, said Jatiya Mukti Council president Badruddin Umar in a memorial lecture on Saturday.
‘So deplorable has become the condition of Bangladesh that nowadays parliament sessions are held without quorum and the application of law is targeted at people whom the rulers consider to be their opposition,’ explained Umar.
‘Over 80 per cent parliamentarians are businessmen who are not political elements and prefer business to politics,’ said Umar, also an eminent writer.
These parliamentarians consider their time spent inside parliament is a waste for they have no interest in politics and it is more profitable for them to throw their weight as rulers behind pursuing business interests, said Umar.
‘The situation has come to the point where holding a session (of parliament) with quorum has become impossible,’ said Umar.
He said that the situation was not like this even before 1991, when money and muscle power played very little role in politics, especially during elections.
Umar was delivering the Ahmed Sharif Memorial Lecture at RC Majumdar auditorium at Dhaka University in the afternoon.
Swadesh Chinta Shangha arranged the lecture and also awarded the Ahmed Sharif Memorial Award to Dhaka University professor emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury.
Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury said that it was necessary to work on uniting socialist intellectuals to make the revolution required for bringing a change to the current situation happen.
Swadesh Chinta Shangha president and Dhaka University professor Abul Kasem Fazlul Haque said that the absence of ideology was evident in every sphere of the society, which had led Bangladesh to the present situation.
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