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Dr Kamal to people: Come up to protect your constitutional rights

  • Published at 12:03 am April 27th, 2019
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain
Gono Forum chief Dr Kamal Hossain speaks at the party's fifth national council, held in Dhaka's Mohanagar Natya Mancha on Friday, April 26, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Mokobbir joins Gono Forum council

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Friday urged the people to play the role of a watchdog as owners of the country to protect constitutional rights and make the government accountable.

"The constitution has guaranteed people's rights as owners of the country. We must organize ourselves and guard our rights," said Dr Kamal while addressing the inaugural session of Gono Forum's fifth national council on Friday.

He said no one, including the president and the prime minister, is above the constitution, reports UNB.

"We must register our protest if anything is done beyond the constitution. We must make the government accountable. Or else, we will lose our ownership of the country," he said.

The Gono Forum chief said people must remain aware of the way the country is being run. 

Dr Kamal, also the Jatiya Oikya Front convener, said the police can help ensure a democratic and constitutional rule in the country by playing its proper role.

He said people will have to force the government to run the country as per the constitution with their united efforts.

Depicting the country's overall situation, Dr Kamal urged people not to get frustrated.

The council began at the Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the morning with party president Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair.

Dr Kamal together with party senior leaders inaugurated the council by hoisting the national and Gono Forum flags around 10am.

Mokobbir joins Gono Forum council

Although he took oath as an MP violating his party decision, Gono Forum presidium member Mokobbir Khan joined its fifth national council on Friday.

Mokobbir, who was elected MP from Sylhet 2 with Gono Forum ticket in the December 30 general election, took oath as an MP of the 11th parliament on April 2, going against the party decision.

On April 20, Gono Forum central committee at a meeting decided to send a show-cause notice to Mokobbir Khan for “violating” its constitution and indulging “anti- party” activities.

Mokobbir joined today's council and sat on the dais with Dr Kamal Hossain, creating resentment among party leaders and activists.

Talking to UNB, party training affairs secretary Rafiqul Islam Pathik said it is painful that Kamal Hossain is doing “dual politics” over Mokobbir's issue.

"I came out of the council and boycotted it in protest against Mokobbir's presence at the council," he said.

He said many party leaders and activists were angered seeing Mokobbir on the stage.

Nearly 1,000 party delegates from across the country joined the event.

The last council of Gono Forum was held on December 10, 2011.