Gono Forum not to forge unity if Jamaat remains: Kamal Hossain

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:55am on September 12, 2018


Gana Forum president Kamal Hossain speaks at a news conference at National Press Club in Dhaka on Tuesday.-- New Age photo

Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain on Tuesday said his party would not go for greater political unity if Jammat-e-Islami, key ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, remained in the BNP-led alliance.
Kamal revealed with his party’s stance at a news conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka responding to a journalist’s question as to if Gono Forum would forge political unity with BNP keeping Jamaat inside.
‘I and our party will not do it (unity with Jamaat).  I don’t know whether any other party will like to (the unity with Jamaat),’ Kamal said.
‘As far as we are concerned it (Jamaat) is not a political party as it has already got its registration revoked,’ he added.
The renowned lawyer also said he in his lifetime did not join hands with Jamaat and he never will.
BNP is on a move to forge greater political unity with other political parties outside its alliance including Gono Forum, Bikalpadhara Bangladesh and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Rob) to force the government to hold the 11th parliamentary election under a neutral government and to release BNP’s imprisoned chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Replying to a question, the Gono Forum president said the work for forging the unity was advancing.
About Nagorik Samabesh of Jatiya Oikya Prakriya, Kamal, also chief of the Jatiya Oikya Prakriya, said the rally would be held at Dhaka Mahanagar Natyamancha on September 22.
He expressed concern over recent pricking up of students by plainclothes without admitting their arrest and disclosing it even after four days.
Mentioning the arrest of BNP activists just following a human chain programme on Monday, Kamal said such type of arrest should not take place as it violates the human rights guaranteed in the constitution.
He said existing laws did not allow arrest by plainclothes police, saying such incidents of violating the law may be happened one or two times for special reason but it went on regularly with contradicted with the constitution.
Gono Forum leaders including executive president Subrata Chowdhury were present.