Stating that the government is in trouble, Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday warned that it will not be able to run the country for long with “falsehood”.
“This government is in trouble as it's running the country staying in power without (a proper) election. It's now making various promises which are very difficult to fulfill,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club, Dr Kamal further said, “What happened on the night of December 29? Was it a free, fair and neutral election? What was it actually? I would like to say it's difficult to run a country of 16 crore people based on falsehood and wrong information. It can't be done.”
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) arranged the discussion, marking the historic first flag hoisting day, reports UNB.
On March 2, 1971, then Vice President of Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) ASM Abdur Rob first hoisted the country's flag adorned with the map of an independent Bangladesh, at a student gathering at Dhaka University.
Dr Kamal, also the president of Gonoforum, said there is no disagreement among the people over some basic issues and they all believe that they are the owners of the country. “Nobody wants a monarchy here and nobody wants to see any king or queen here. Bangalee is such a nation which will never accept any king or queen in the country.”
He said people now feel some sort of helplessness, as the government is not showing respect to them as the owners of the country. “But no one should feel helpless when there are 17 crore people who can play the role of owners of the country. Those who think they have become the country's owners dividing people are making a mistake.”
The Oikyafront chief said the country's people ousted the autocratic rulers, including HM Ershad, through their united efforts in the past. “We'll also get united now and bring the country under our occupation through a democratic and constitutional process.”
Mentioning that the country was liberated based on unity of the people, he said people's ownership of the country will also be restored now based on unison among them.
Speaking at the programme, JSD president Abdur Rob recalled the memory of hoisting the country's flag for the first time on March 2, 1971.
Describing the current government as an autocratic one, he said it will not leave power easily unless people come up with a united and strong resistance against it.
Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said Awami League has snatched people's voting rights on December 29 last by using the state machinery.
“The Awami League which liberated the country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman doesn't exist in the country. The current Awami League is an associate body of police league,” he remarked.
Manna said people on Thursday sent out a message to the government that they do not want any election under it, by not going to polling stations to cast their votes in the by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation's mayoral post.
DU TO OBSERVE FLAG HOISTING DAY TODAY
Dhaka University will observe flag hoisting day on its campus today, with due respect.
Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman will inaugurate a programme in observance of the day at 10am on the historic Bot-Tala premises adjacent to Arts Building by playing the national anthem, reports BSS.
Later, a discussion will be held on the significance of the day, followed by performance of patriotic songs.