Left leaders at a protest rally in Dhaka on Tuesday demanded punishment for those involved in corruption in Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited and gold scam in Bangladesh Bank.
They also demanded a neutral government system for the upcoming general election.They were addressing a rally in front of the National Press Club under the banner of newly formed Bam Ganatantrik Jote, an alliance of eight leftist parties.
Presiding over the rally Revolutionary Workers Party’s general secretary Saiful Huq said that in name of development, the government was facilitating huge corruption and destroying the administration.
Referring to alleged corruption in Barapukuria coal mining company and gold scam in Bangladesh Bank, Saiful suggested that the government must find out the culprits and punish those involved in the scams. ‘Otherwise, it would be clear that the government was involved.’
Saiful warned the ruling Awami League that the people would not accept any unilateral election like the one on January 5, 2014.
About the quota reform movement by students and jobseekers, he remarked that the ruling class was robbing the citizens’ democratic rights by carrying out attacks on peaceful gatherings of protesters.
Saiful termed the government as ‘hypocrite’ for its ‘confusing’ statements made about quota reforms.
Dhaka University professor emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury, Communist party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim and general Secretary Mohammad Shah Alam, Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (Marxist) central leader Shubhrangshu Chakrabortty, among others, were present at the rally.
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