Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain thursday criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her remark that she would not deviate from the constitutional provision of holding the next general elections, and said it would be “treachery” against the people.
Saying that Hasina was trying to hold onto the constitution that “she amended as per her own wishes,” Dr Kamal said: “It has been a practice among many autocrats to try to justify their actions by the constitutions."
“If one thinks that the constitution is enough to hold the elections, they should remember that polls should have been held on January 21, 2007.the then BNP government also sought to hold the elections as per the constitution.”
Speaking at a roundtable, he sharply criticised the ruling party leaders for claiming to care about the interest of people but not daring to speak against the government’s corruption.
Dr Kamal urged such politicians to stay away from politics if they could not speak up their mind and raise voice for the people.
Civil society platform SHUJON organised the roundtable on political crisis at the National Press Club.
Politician Mahmudur Rahman Manna called on Dr Kamal to hold a national convention together with Dr Muhammad Yunus and Justice Habibur Rahman in order to find a way out of the escalating political crisis.
Former election commissioner Brig (retd) Sakhawat Hossain agreed with Manna but said it was “too much of a demand in too little time.”
He criticised the existing practice of election campaign in which the ruling party used all government facilities. “It destroys the system of check and balance among the political parties,” he said.
SHUJON Secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar presented a keynote paper at the discussion moderated by former adviser to a caretaker government M Hafizuddin.