Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) – Calling upon all to consolidate the national unity, Jatiya Oikyafront Chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday warned that no one will be able to suppress the country’s people and annihilate democracy.
“Repeated attempts had been made over the last 47 years to destroy democracy, but no one could do it. I recall all that …no one had been able to destroy democracy and won’t be able to do it in the future, too,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, Dr Kamal further said, “If anyone thinks we’re hapless people and they can rule us and exploit us as per their whim, they are wrong. The Banglaee nation proved it during the 1971 and also after 1975 that those who deceived them they had to pay a heavy price for such mistakes.”
He also warned that no one can suppress the Bangalees who defeated the Pakistani occupation forces and forced them to surrender to them.
Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) arranged the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh marking the Jail Killing Day commemorating the assassinations of four national leaders inside Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975.
As per the constitution signed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Dr Kamal said people are the owner of the country. “The owners have the right and some responsibilities as well. We can’t sacrifice the national interests to protect any party or individual’s interests.”
Mentioning that the national will observe the 50th anniversary of its birth three years later, he called upon all to get united to complete the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu and materialise the dreams of freedom fighters.
Kamal Hossain hoped that KSJL president Abdul Kader Siddiqui will be there with Oikyafront with the goal of building the country as dreamt by freedom fighters.
Speaking at the programme, Kader Siddiqui praised the leadership of Kamal and said the Oikyafront has already achieved its victory after forcing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to hold talks with its leaders. “Kamal Hossain is now the top most leader of the Oikyafront. I think he is also now unofficially the main leader of the entire nation.”
He said it was true that Kamal Hossain could not win any polls barely 12 or three days back. “But now he can win the election from any seat of the country.”
Kader Siddiqui also said Awami League will not even get 19 seats if any fair election is held in the country.
He also said now the government is not in a good position as it was forced to sit with BNP leader in talks though they had been saying they smelled the odour of ‘burn bodies’ from them.
Kader Siddiqui said Bikolpa Dhara President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury was supposed to join the programme, but he finally declined to be present here as Kamal Hossain was made the chief guest.
Jamalpur, Nov 3 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Saturday said his party will take part in the scheduled dialogue with the ruling party on November 5 without any specific condition and demand on the agenda.
“We’ll just ask them how many seats they’ll give us in the next parliamentary elections and will come out if they fail to satisfy us,” the former president said while addressing a public rally at Guthail High School and College playground in Islampur upazila.
They (Jatiya Oikyafront) joined the talks with the ruling party with so many conditions, but the government did not accept those, he said.
So, he said, Jatiya Party will not place any condition before them.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to come to power again if they (Awami League) give us the number seats as we expect,” he further said.
JP Secretary General ABM Ruhul Amin and Presidium member MA Sattar were, among others, present at the programme held with Islampur Jatiya Party president Mostafa Al Mahmud in the chair.
Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, on Saturday sent a letter to the Election Commission requesting it not to announce the next general election schedule until the ongoing dialogue is over.
Dr Kamal Hossain, on behalf of the Oikyafront, sent the letter to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda.
Gano Forum training affairs secretary Rafiqul Islam Pathik carried the letter to the Election Commission around 4:45pm.
Talking to UNB, Pathik said as the CEC was holding a closed-door meeting with other commissioners, he handed over the letter to an official, Anisur Rahman.
In the letter, he said Kamal Hossain urged the Commission to announce the election schedule when the Prime Minister’s talks with different political parties will end.
Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) - BNP on Saturday chalked out a two-day programme to observe the 'National Revolution and Solidarity Day,' marking what it said the civil-military ‘uprising on November 7, 1975’.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office after a joint meeting of the party and its associate bodies.
As part of the programme, he said their party flag will be hoisted atop its all offices across the country on the morning of November 7 while BNP leaders and activists will place wreaths and offer fateha at the grave of late President and party founder Ziaur Rahman at 10 am.
The party will also arrange a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh the following day.
Besides, BNP’s associate bodies will hold various programmes, including discussions, cultural programmes, essay competition, photo exhibition and publishing supplements in newspapers.
Rizvi said the meeting discussed various issues to make Jatiya Oikyafront’s public rally scheduled to be held at Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday a success.
Amid political turmoil, soldiers and civilians on November 7, 1975 jointly freed then chief of army staff Ziaur Rahman from captivity in Dhaka cantonment, paving the path for Zia to come to power.
While BNP and its alliances celebrate November 7 as the National Revolution and Solidarity Day, the ruling Awami League and its front organisations consider it as the day of 'killing of freedom fighters'. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) observes it as the day of civil-military revolution.
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) - Chairman of Jukta Front Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday night said their dialogue with the 14-party alliance has been successful as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina agreed in principle on most of their demands.
“The Prime Minister responded positively to the demands that we placed for a fair election. She also agreed in principle to our most of the demands,” he said.
B Chowdhury, also the president of Bikolpo Dahra Bangladesh, came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at his Baridhara residence after the talks between the Prime Minister-led 14-party alliance and his alliance Jukta Front at Ganobhaban.
He said Sheikh Hasina said a level-playing field for all parties will be ensured during the election. "She told us that the Election Commission (EC) will remain under the President, not under the government, after the announcement of the election schedule.”
The BDB chief said the Prime Minister also agreed with them that all the government officials and employees who are directly or indirectly involved with the election will remain under the EC.
He said she also agreed to withdraw the government facilities for ministers and MPs after the announcement of the election schedule.
B Chowdhury, however, said the Prime Minister did not agree to their demand for forming either a national or election-time government. “But she said the election-time government will remain neutral.”
About army deployment in the polls, he said the Prime Minister said army will be there at upazila level as a striking force.
The Jukta Front chief said the Prime Minister assured them that she will talk to the President about their objection to the EVM use in the election.
He said the Prime Minister also said their demand for releasing before the election of those arrested for political reasons is practical.
Earlier, talking to reporters after emerging from Ganobhaban, B Chowdhury said they are happy with the outcome of the dialogue. “We’re very happy as we could clearly say everything we had in mind.”
He also said they think the Prime Minister apparently accepted most of their demands.
Bikolpo Dhara secretary general Abdul Mannan said they had very good discussions.
Replying to a question, he also said they will join the election under the current government.
A day after her discussion with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sat in talks with Jukta Front in the evening over the next general election.
Sheikh Hasina led a 14-party delegation at the dialogue while Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President and Jukta Front Chairman Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury a 21-member team.
The Jukta Front delegation members included BDB secretary general Maj (retd) Abdul Mannan, its presidium members Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Golam Sarwar Milon, Abdur Rouf Mannan, Mohammad Yousuf, vice president Mahmuda Chowdhury, former MP HM Golam Reza, BLDP president Nazimuddin Al Azad, its general secretary Delwar Hossain, Bangladesh NAP chairman Jebel Rahman Gani, its secretary general M Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, National Democratic Party (NDP) chairman Khandaker Golam Mortuza, and Janata Party President Sheikh Asaduzzaman.
On Thursday night, the Awami League-led 14-praty alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront had marathon discussions at Ganobhaban over the next general election.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member 14-party delegation while Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain a 20-member Jatiya Oikyafront team in the talks.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina invited B Chowdhury to join the talks at Ganobhaban as he sent a letter to her seeking talks over the next polls.