Bam Oikya Front, a new alliance of four leftist parties, yesterday at a seminar proposed formation of a “revolutionary caretaker government” that would arrange an election to form a “constituent council” for the drafting of a new “democratic constitution”.
The alliance, formed on October 9 and comprising Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Gonomukti Union, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Party and Communist Union -- also called for repealing of the present “autocratic constitution” to adopt a new “democratic” one.
The seminar was organised at Farhad-Moni Singh Trust building in the capital.
Imam Gazzali, convener of Communist Union, presented the keynote paper at the seminar that was presided over by alliance coordinator Nasir Uddin Ahmed Nasu.
According to a seven-point guideline announced by the alliance, the “revolutionary caretaker government”, aside from its primary task of arranging an election, would bring socio-economic reforms by nationalising heavy industries.
The tasks also include withdrawing voting rights and confiscating properties of war criminals and their right to run for public office.
Speakers at the event said the country's present constitution, a legacy of British and Pakistani regimes, does not serve all sections of the population.
Advocate Hasnat Quaiyum in his speech alleged that some Tk 7 lakh crore have been plundered from the country in the last 10 years. “The country is being run by the colonial laws. [And that's why] the plundering is still on.”
Referring to the dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition alliances, Zafar Hossain, president of Naya Ganatantrik Ganamorcha, said, “Is there any democratic aspect [of the dialogues and the upcoming election]?”
“People in our country believe and participate in election. [But] today, they don't want to go to polling centres because they can't cast their vote...,” he added.
Nasir Uddin Nasu said, “A reform in the system of the government is urgent to remedy the present crisis.”
Among others, alliance leaders Moyeen Uddin Liton, Sarwar Morshed and AHM Shahjahan, were present at the seminar.