Eminent citizens yesterday called upon the country's voters not to cast for communalist candidates and shun anti-Liberation War forces, irrespective of the political parties they belong to.
At separate programmes, they reiterated the call for banning Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party.
Some politicians who claim to be “pro-Liberation War” have allowed war criminals to use them as “shield” for contesting the polls -- apparently to “re-establish good governance” in the country, Liberation War Museum Trustee Sarwar Ali told a discussion at the capital's Jatiya Press Club.
“This is unacceptable,” he said.
Ideologies of political parties, including the ruling Awami League, are constantly being defeated by their political tactics and strategies, he added.
Pro-liberation platforms Sammilita Shamajik Andolon and Shamprodayikota-Jongibad Birodhi Mancha arranged the discussion on “Eleventh National Parliamentary Election: Present Situation and Doable”.
Speaking at the discussion, cultural personality Ramendu Majumdar urged countrymen not to vote for those who collaborated with the Pakistani army during the Liberation War.
He said the Election Commission's role in addressing the recent violence was not effective.
Oikya Nap President Pankaj Bhattacharya said the election will be considered credible if voters can vote freely and return home safely on election day.
Voters should not cast their votes for candidates with communal background and history of anti-minority activities, said economist Prof MM Akash.
Meanwhile, at a views exchange meeting arranged by Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) – Muktijuddho '71 on “Tarunyer Sanglap” at Dhaka University, speakers urged people to shun anti-Liberation War forces at the polls for continuation of the country's development.
Speaking at the programme, SCF President Maj Gen (retd) KM Shafiullah said, “We have achieved independence through the Libration War. I demand [from the youths and people] electing pro-liberation forces to power.”
At the programme, former National Human Rights Commission chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman raised question regarding Oikyafront's election manifesto.
In the manifesto they have pledged to bring reforms to the state, but for doing so they sought help from those who “progressively harmed the country after 1975”, he said.
SCF Secretary General Harun Habib and DU Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Mohammad Samad, among others, spoke at the programme.