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Democracy buried on Dec 30: Dr Kamal
Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain.

Democracy buried on Dec 30: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, Mar 9 – Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday alleged that democracy was buried in the country by holding a ‘tainted and so-called’ national election on December 30.
Speaking at a meeting of Gono Forum’s presidium members, Dr Kamal, however, hoped that people will surely protect the country from destruction, said a party press release.
“The national unity must be cemented and intensified to restore democracy, the rule of law and people’s voting rights,” Dr Kamal said.
He said people are active to get rid of the current situation. “We’ll have to work in this regard.”
At the meeting, the Gono Forum presidium members decided to hold the party’s national council on April 27 in the capital instead of March 23.
Earlier on January 12, the party announced to hold the council on March 23-24.
Meanwhile, the Jatiya Oikya Front convener on Friday said those sold like cattle are identified as collaborators.
“People’s head can’t be bought unlike the goats and cows. Those sold like cows and goats are known as collaborators,” he said without mentioning anybody’s name at an extended meeting of Dhaka city unit of Gono Forum.
A day after Gono Forum MP Sultan Mohammad Mansur took oath violating the party’s decision, party president Dr Kamal Hossain came up with the remarks, according to a party press release.
Mansur, who was elected MP from Moulvibazar-2 contesting the December-30 election as a Gono Forum candidate using BNP’s election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’, was sworn in on Thursday, prompting Gono Forum and Jatiya Oikya Front to expel him from the party and the alliance.
Earlier in the day, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Mansur belittled himself by joining a parliament which ‘lacks’ people’s representatives.
BNP along with Gono Forum and some other parties joined the December-30 election in alliance under the banner of Jatiya Oikya Front. BNP bagged six seats while Gono Forum two in the election.
At Gono Forum’s meeting held at the party’s Arambagh central office, Dr Kamal also said people want to get rid of ‘misrule’. “The state can’t be run based on falsehood.”
He said there is no scope to deny that people want a healthy politics in the country. “The politics in the past was people-oriented one in the country.”
The Gono Forum president urged the colleagues of his party’s Dhaka city unit to actively work with people identifying the problems they are facing.
“The healthy politics will be visible very soon if we can always stay with people by uniting their strength. Most of the country’s people are in favour of healthy politics. If the practice of such politics goes on, bad politics will be removed from the country forever,” he observed. – UNB

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