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Talks aimed to placate people: Manna
Nagarik Oikya convener and Jatiya Oikya Front leader Mahmudur Rahman Manna at a discussion on Saturday said that dialogue was a government’s tactic to placate public sentiment ahead of the general election due by January 28, 2019.
‘The government has cheated people as part of their evil design to ignore public demands,’ he said while addressing the programme at National Press Club.
Social and cultural organisation Matir Dak organised the discussion on public expectations from the upcoming general election.
Manna said ruling Awami League leaders disagreed with all the seven-point demands placed by Jatiya Oikya Front during Thursday’s dialogue with prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban for a free, fair and credible election.
He said the government responded to their proposal for dialogue in a bid to calm down public sentiment against their oppression and misrule.
Manna alleged that Hasina’s government had no intention to solve the political stalemate over the election as neither of their demands for dissolving parliament, resignation of government and formation of party-neutral government before the next polls were met.
He said if they had the good intention they would not disclose the pictures inside Ganabhaban.
BNP leader advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury said that they would wage tougher movement to realise people’s right to vote if the government would not ensure it through discussion.
BNP chairperson’s adviser Fazlur Rahman said that Awami League would not exist anymore as people were united for their rights.
Senior BNP leader and freedom fighter Ismail Hossain Bengal said talks would never bring any solution to the existing political crisis and the only solution was political movement.
Matir Dak president Tasmin Rana, chairing the discussion, said that none of the elections in the country met public expectations because many laws made during colonial period against public interest still existed.
Peshajibi Parishad convener Shaukat Mahmood said that the autocratic government would not leave power on its own. Movement was the only way to get rid of their oppression, he reiterated.
Former district and session judge Ikteder Ahmed said if the government wanted, there was still scope for holding a fair and credible election as per the constitution.