Forum president Dr. Kamal Hossain yesterday said people of the
country were frustrated at the present political scenario, as
there was no perceptible improvement in national life although
they voted for a change through the last general election.
hoped that the politics of confrontation would give way to healthy
politics and the rule of law would be established in the country.
But they are frustrated as the state has taken a wrong path,
prompting an outbreak of conflict and confrontation," Dr. Kamal
told reporters in a press conference on the current political
situation of the country.
People wanted a change, they voted for it, and wanted an end
to terrorism. They wanted an end to extortion at bazaars, and
launch and bus terminals by musclemen and their godfathers,
and an end to robbery on the highway, he said.
He said they wanted an end to treating national resources like
oil and gas or government land as if they were private property,
or the awarding of major projects such as power plants or port
facilities in a similar way.
wanted to see an end to cheating in examinations and an end
to violence in educational institutions. But the state has so
far failed to ensure any of that, he added.
concern over the rise of terrorism and influence of black money,
he said it was time to take a united stand against all such
start a movement to unite the people as well as forge the unity
of all professional and civil society groups," he said, urging
people to build a united movement against terrorism, corruption,
power abuse and anti-people activities.
urged the people to join a mass movement to establish their
right to power as they did during the Language Movement in 1952
and the Liberation Movement in 1971.
said it was unfortunate that a nation pursuing democracy under
a parliamentary system of government should have a non-functioning
fought and earned our independence for parliamentary democracy,
and we had to pay a huge price for that," Dr. Kamal said.
politics has been intensifying, parliament is not what people
had hoped for a vibrant forum where people's representatives
could be expected to debate on national politics, he said.
Kamal said the opposition stayed away from the last city corporation
elections while voter turnout was also thin.
to allegations of rigging and election of identified terrorists,
he particularly cited the allegation of the orchestrated defeat
of a candidate in Rajshahi City Corporation election through
rigging and terrorism.
Replying to a question about the new summary trial law, Dr Kamal
Hossain, who is one of the writers of the country's constitution,
said his party was scrutinising the law in the light of the
constitution and would give its reaction about it later. The
law has been dubbed as a black law by the opposition.
press conference organised at the conference room of Dhaka Reporter's
Unity (DRU) was attended among others by Gono Forum leaders
Saifuddin Ahmed Manik, Pankaj Bhattacharya, Advocate Zahirul
Islam, Mofidul Islam and ATM Hakim.
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