Country lacks democracy: leaders at Nagarik Oikya programme

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:59, Sep 17,2019


Nagarik Oikya holds a discussion marking International Day of Democracy at Shishu Kalyan Parishad auditorium in Dhaka on Monday. — New Age photo

Leaders of different opposition political parties on Monday alleged that the country lacked democracy and was ruled by a fascist government who grabbed power illegally.

They made the allegation while addressing a discussion organised by Nagarik Oikya at Shishu Kalyan Parishad auditorium in the capital’s Topkhana, marking the International Day of Democracy.

Addressing the discussion as the chief guest, Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir stressed the need for unity to establish people’s rights and restore democracy.

‘The country lacks democracy when we have been observing the International Day of Democracy,’ he said.

He alleged that the government was acting as a ‘puppet’ of foreign countries and that its foreign policy was submissive.

He said that the parties that formed Jatiya Oikya Front before the December 30, 2018 elections were now organising themselves so that all could stand together against the ongoing fascism.

Fakhrul said that the JOF is united.

Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, chairing the discussion, alleged that the ruling party leaders were always telling lies. ‘They are cheats, hypocrites and cowards,’ he claimed.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob, Janasamhati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, Biplobi Workers’ Party general secretary Saiful Huq, Ganasanghthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury and Dhaka University law professor Asif Nazrul also spoke at the occasion.

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