Top leaders of the opposition political parties, who are now on the process of forging a political unity, on Wednesday called for expediting the move to force the government for holding free, fair, neutral and participatory general election.
Bikolpadhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain, Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction president ASM Abdur Rob and Nagorik Oikya convener, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, among others, political parties leaders and professionals made identical statements from a discussion at National Press Club saying that the national unity was needed for democracy, effective parliament, balance of power in state power and rule of law.
Nagorik Oikya organised the discussion on boycott EVM, National Election, and Political Unity.
Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain said people’s unity is the only way to face the national crisis.
He said all have to get united centering fundamental principles of the 1972 constitution of Bangladesh, saying that they want ‘non-communal’ democracy.
Kamal, one of the makers of Bangladesh’s constitution, said he believed that the political leaders seated on the dais for the day’s discussion had no disagreement over establishing ‘pure’ democracy, one that would be ‘secular’ democracy.
He said there would be no rule of one person and monarchy.
Kamal said there would remain effective parliament, accountable government, and rule of law.
Bikolpadhara president, Badruddoza Chowdhury, also newly-floated Juktafront chairman, said people would no more tolerate the absence of democracy and autocracy.
He said they want fair election under a neutral government.
B. Chowdhury, former president of the country, said, they don’t want change for bringing another autocrat.
He said they want balance in parliament, a balance of power between the president and prime minister and balance in the cabinet.
He said there would be no EVM, saying military have to be deployed 30 days ahead of the election and keep few days after the election.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said his party wanted unity on the basis of a minimum programme.
He reiterated BNP’s demands of an unconditional release of all political prisoners, including imprisoned BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, and withdrawal of false cases against political leaders and activists, an election under a neutral government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution of Election Commission and deployment of the army during the election.
Fakhrul said they are working for national unity and urged for getting united irrespective of party and opinion for democracy, protect people’s rights to build up Bangladesh of the dream.
JSD president ASM Abdur Rob said the national unity would have to be forged without delay to take to the street to force the government for holding fair and inclusive general election.
Presiding over the discussion Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said they have to take preparation both for movement for holding the election under a neutral government and contest in the election.
He said they might contest the poll as part of the movement.
Dhaka University teacher Asif Nazrul said all political parties would have to get united to protect voting rights.
Bangladesh Kalyan Party chairman Syed Muhammad Ibrahim said now everywhere the word national unity is being uttered.
Bangladesh Janodal general secretary Mahbubur Rahman, Sonar Bangla Party president Sheikh Abdus Noor and political scientist Dilara Chowdhury, among others, addressed the discussion.