Calls upon government to hold a fresh election after reforming the Election Commission
Jatiya Oikya Front Convener Dr Kamal Hossain has alleged that people cannot exercise their power as owners of the country since Bangladesh is not run as per its constitution.
"Even after 50 years of the country's independence, we have to seek our constitutional power back. Our power have been usurped…we are not allowed to exercise our power as they (government) were not elected truly," he said on Saturday.
Dr Kamal further said: "I would like to firmly say that the country's current governance system is not operated as per the constitution. Our leaders had written in the constitution that people are owners [sources] of power. But we are not allowed to enjoy it and the benefits of the independence."
He came up with the remarks while speaking at the triennial council of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) at Mahanagar Natya Mancha auditorium in Dhaka, reports UNB.
Dr Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, said the ruling party is having fun by holding elections in its own style.
"They are holding elections after doing something or holding any event, and telling people that they are elected and got the legitimacy. But people are not blind and they have their own conscience to judge. Can we accept some of the exercises that are being called elections?"
He alleged that the dynamism of people have been robbed of through various plots and ruining the governance system and democracy.
The Gono Forum chief said those who think they can buy people and keep the governance system under their grip with black money are living in fool's paradise.
Dr Kamal urges govt to hold fresh election
Regretting that the ruling party has been in power "resorting to falsehood and spreading lies" over the general election and its results, he called upon the government to hold a fresh election recasting the Election Commission.
He said their alliance wants to restore people's ownership of the country on the eve of the golden jubilee of independence.
Dr Kamal urged the alliance leaders and activists to go to every locality, village, union and upazila to rejuvenate people to take to the streets to restore their ownership of the country.
He also urged all to get united to materialize the dreams of the independence and the freedom fighters.
'Awami League has established a puppet government'
Speaking at the program, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Awami League has established a "puppet" government in the country destroying the spirit of the Liberation War.
"Our country and its people are now getting defeated in various ways due to the puppet government which is taking the country towards subjugation."
He said India's NRC (National Register of Citizens) and the Citizenship Amendment Act may harm Bangladesh, but the government is playing a silent role in this regard and saying it is an internal matter of India.
The BNP leader said their party does not believe in communalism.
"We do not want to send our people to another country. We also cannot accept if people from there (India) are sent illegally here calling them Bangladeshis."
Stating that the country is going through a political crisis, he said there is no alternative to a mass upsurge of people to get rid of it.
He said people had waged the Liberation War in 1971 with a dream of establishing a democratic country, but Awami League has destroyed that dream by assuming office.
The BNP leader said they formed the Oikya Front with a high hope to restore democracy through the election.
"We have failed, but we must do it by forging a greater unity of people."
Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique, BNP Standing Committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Ganosamhati Andolon chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, among others, addressed the program held with JSD President ASM Abdur Rob in the chair.