‘We won’t boycott polls’, says Dr Kamal

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Dhaka, November 17: The president of Gono Forum and also the chief of Jatiya Oikyafront, Dr Kamal Hossain, said this time they wouldn’t boycott the upcoming polls likely to be held on December 30.The veteran politician said this while addressing a grand rally of the lawyers organized by Jatiya Ainjibi Oikyafront on the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) premises with its president Advocate Zainul Abedin in the chair on Saturday.

He said a huge loss has been incurred for boycotting the parliamentary election in 2014 and called upon the alliance leaders and supporters to ensure that no more such harm is done.

“The government has deceived the countrymen. It ought to get a medal for that,” Kamal said.

Dr Kamal accused the current government of interfering in the judiciary. “It’s now become impossible for the lower judiciary to function independently.”

He said people are the owners of the country and they will determine who will rule the country through the vote. “But Awami League came to power in 2014 by depraving people of their rights.”

The Oikyafront chief said though the government had promised to hold another election after the January-5 one in 2014, it did not keep its commitment. “They’ve deceived people by not giving the election.”

He also observed that the current government should have given a medal for deception.

Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, demanded the government release BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. “When an election is going to be held after a long time, the chief of a major party has been kept in an abandoned jail. She must be freed.”

He said it cannot be acceptable that leader of a major party will join the polls as the Prime Minister while another party’s chief will remain in jail.

Besides, Dr Kamal said an inequality has been created as thousands of BNP leaders and activists are still in jail. “It won’t help restore democracy.”

He said though the Prime Minister during her talks with the Oikyafront leaders promised to stop the arrest of opposition leaders and activists, law enforcers are still arresting them.

Kamal also opposed the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the election.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee members Barrister Moudud Ahmed and Jamir Uddin Sircar  spoke at the programme.