They [dictators] operate through a communalistic and contracted mentality'
Jatiya Oikya Front Convener Dr Kamal Hossain said dictators create communal differences while focusing on division.
"They [dictators] operate through a communalistic and contracted mentality," he added.
Dr Kamal said this during a discussion titled "The Need and Relevance of National Unity in Resolving the Election-Centric Crisis," organized by Bangladesh Sanskritic Muktijot, held at the National Press Club on Friday.
He said: "They want to divide people and stay in authority. It is necessary for the mass to get a hold of power because they are the sources of it. But it will be hard to achieve."
"Dictators do not want to give power to the people. However, these individuals failed to remain in rule for long in the past as they were thrown off by the general people.
"If we look at our history, we will see that there is no alternative to the unity of mass people," he added.
Dr Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, urged the country's civil society to take the responsibility of spreading this message of national unity among the general people across the country.
“Let us take the oath of unity, unity is our greatest strength," he added.
Referring to the importance of the next national election, he said we must take steps to build a bright future for the country, to reform the economy in new dimension and institutionalize democracy.
Hinting at the present government, Dr Kamal said: "When a government is legally formed, that is temporary, and they are just representatives. On the contrary, those who are in power illegally, they are nothing, they are just occupants of illegitimate power."
Echoing the same, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President ASM Abdur Rob said: "Unofficially, at present the constitution does not exist in this country. The country is being governed only by one person.
"Nothing happens or is done without her command; from a mosquito biting someone to the murder of Buet student Abrar.'
Accusing the government, he said: "They [the government] have turned the country into hell.
"They are claiming that Abrar was killed due to students politics but the reality is that he was killed for defying anti-national agreements."
Among others, Bangladesh Sanskritic Muktijot's National coordinator AR Shikder, Organization Chief Abu Lais Munna, JSD Vice-President Tania Robb, Muktijot's National Steering Committee Chief Sirajul Islam, were also present at the event.