Decide in nat’l dialogue how to hold fair elections: Kamal

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jan 11,2019 | Updated: 00:44, Jan 11,2019

 
 

Gono Forum organises a discussion marking the homecoming day of country's founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Thursday.-- New Age photo

Main opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday urged all to make decisions in a national dialogue on holding a free, fair and fresh national election within the constitutional framework.
Kamal, also the Gono Forum president, made the call at a discussion at Dhaka Reporters Unity organised by the party marking the anniversary of the homecoming day of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
There is no alternative to a free, fair and neutral election to form government, he said, asking whether anyone would say that December 30 general election was free and neutral.
‘I think national dialogue with all is the best way. Decisions should be made through dialogue on how we will hold election within the constitutional framework,’ the Gono Forum president said.
He asked the government not to create a crisis in the beginning of the new year.
Presiding over the discussion, Kamal regretted that he could not think what happened in the December 30 elections as ballot boxes were stuffed in the night before the polling day.
He said that none could understand that their votes were being cast in the night before the polling day.
Kamal asked why such abnormal activity took place in the elections, whether it was a game and if it could be played with 17 crore people.
He said that none could stage such dramas without losing mental balance.
Kamal, who was a close aide to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, mentioned various farsighted decisions of Sheikh Mujib in 1971.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction president ASM Abdur Rob said that Sheikh Mujib and independence of the country were synonymous.
He said that democracy was killed on December 30 for greed of power and he had never heard of holding of such ‘barbaric
naked vote robbery’ in the history.
Rob said that it was not possible for any government to run the state holding such election through bribing, corrupting and destroying entire administration.
Gono Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury said that the Awami League was now killing Sheikh Mujib’s ideals and the constitution every day.
Gono Forum leaders, including Abu Sayeed, Amsaa Amin, Mofizul Islam Khan and Mokabbir Khan, addressed the discussion conducted by its general secretary Mostafa Hossain Montu.

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