'The government has been sacrificing democracy in the name of development'
BNP-leaning members of civil society have said contesting the 11th general election is a part of the movement to re-establish their political rights.
They also urged everyone to participate in the upcoming polls.
Members of Shoto Nagorik Jatiya Committee, a BNP-leaning civil society platform, made the comments at a seminar titled “The Country in Newspapers: A map of the decade,” held at the National Press Club on Wednesday.
Former Dhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor and Shoto Nagorik Committee Convenor Professor Emajuddin Ahmed said: “We have to participate in the election to recover democracy. This election is a movement to regain citizens’ rights.”
Prof Abdul Latif Masum, a member of the platform, displayed newspaper clippings of various incidents that have taken place during the tenure of the Awami League government over the last 10 years.
Prof Anwarullah Chowdhury, another former DU vice-chancellor, described the tenure of the Awami League government as a “dark phase in the country’s history.”
“The government has been sacrificing democracy in the name of development. This development will only benefit a specific class who are in power,” he claimed.
Pro-BNP White Panel Convenor Prof Obaidul Islam, Prof Samshul Alam Selim, and Prof Mahbubullah also spoke at the event.