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Dr Kamal calls for national dialogue for fresh polls

  • Published at 08:34 pm January 10th, 2019
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Dr Kamal Hossain addresses a discussion organized by Gono Forum marking Bangabandhu's Homecoming Day at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) in Segunbagicha on Thursday, January, 10, 2018 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The remarks came from Dr Kamal Hossain while addressing a discussion organized by his party marking Bangabandhu's Homecoming Day

Claiming that no sane person can hold an election like that of December 30, Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday called for a national dialogue to find ways for holding polls as per the constitution.

"A person with sound mental health would never create any dispute consciously. I believe national dialogue is a good solution. Let us make a decision without creating any crisis. Let us take the decision through this dialogue regarding how to form an elected government and a parliament by holding elections as per the constitution," he said.

The Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain made the remarks while addressing a discussion organized by Gano Forum on the anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Homecoming Day at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) in Segunbagicha.

Dr Kamal said: "We all make decisions in this independent country. If so, why they staged such tainted election? This is the sign of a person with unhealthy mentality. A sane person cannot play such a game with the country's 170 million people."

Expressing his frustration over the political development in the country, Dr Kamal said the recent polls are an example of tainted election.   

He said such election would not be able to ensure legality and stability of the government. 

Awami League won 252 seats out of total 299 in the 11th national election, ensuring Sheikh Hasina's third consecutive and fourth overall term as head of the government.

Jatiya Samajbadi Dal President ASM Abdur Rob said the government has carried out the most barbaric election in the world's history. 

He said the votes were rigging in all the constituencies. He further claimed these activities killed the spirit of Bangabandhu.

Bangabandhu’s return completed independence    

Abdur Rob said although the country celebrated its victory day on December 16, the true independence was actualized with the return of the Father of the Nation. 

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned to Bangladesh on January 10, 1972 after over nine months of captivity in a Pakistan jail.

Rob said: "The word 'independence' and Bangabandhu are synonymous. This is why we witnessed freedom fighter groups named after him [Mujib Bahini]under the leader’s name, a rare incident in the world.”

Rob said that things would have become worse after independence if Sheikh Mujib did not come back, as there were hundreds of thousands of people with firearms.

Professor Abu Sayeed said Bangabandhu’s audacity as leader made it possible for the nation to be truly independent. If he did not return to Bangladesh, it might not have been possible for the country to maintain its unity against the numerous conspiracies taking place.

Dr Kamal said the day is one of the most important days of his life as he stepped on to the sovereign soil of Bangladesh with Bangabandhu. 

Recalling his discussion on the plane with Bangabandhu, Dr Kamal said: “He [Bangabandhu] told me that if we do not maintain our unity, we would not be able to safeguard our independence.”

He said Bangabandhu is the reason why Bangladesh was recognized by the international community so quickly.

"His speed in reuniting the country and establishing good relations with the international community also amazed the global leaders," Dr Kamal added.