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No one can suppress people, annihilate democracy: Dr Kamal
Calling upon all to consolidate the national unity, the Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday warned that no one would be able to suppress the country’s people and annihilate democracy.
‘Repeated attempts have been made over the last 47 years to destroy democracy but no one could do,’ he said.
Speaking at a discussion, Dr Kamal further said, ‘If anyone thinks we’re hapless people and they can rule us and exploit us as per their whim, they are wrong. The Bengalis proved it in 1971 and also after 1975 that those who had deceived them paid a heavy price for such mistakes.’
He also warned that no one could suppress the Bengalis who defeated the Pakistani occupation forces and forced the occupation forces to surrender.
The Krishak Sramik Janata League arranged the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh to mark Jail Killing Day and commemorate the assassination of the four national leaders inside Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975.
As per the constitution signed by the nation’s founder president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Dr Kamal said people were the owner of the country.
‘The owners have rights and responsibilities. We can’t sacrifice national interests to protect any party or individual’s interests.’
Mentioning that the national would observe the 50th anniversary of its birth three years later, he called upon all to unite and complete the unfinished tasks of Sheikh Mujib and materialise the dreams of the freedom fighters.
Kamal Hossain hoped that the KSJL president Abdul Kader Siddiqui would be there with the Oikya Front to build the country dreamt of by freedom fighters.
Speaking at the programme, Kader Siddiqui praised the leadership of Kamal and said the Oikya Front had already achieved won after forcing prime minister Sheikh Hasina to hold talks with its leaders.
‘Kamal Hossain is now the top most leader of the Oikya Front. I think he is also now unofficially the main leader of the entire nation,’ he said.
He said it was true that Kamal Hossain could not win any polls barely 12 or three days back. ‘But now he can win the election from any constituency in the country,’ he added.
Kader Siddiqui also said the Awami League would not even get 19 seats if fair elections were held in the country.
He also said the government was not in a good position now as it had been forced to sit in talks with the leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party although it had said the BNP reeked of charred bodies.
Kader Siddiqui said Bikalpa Dhara president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury was supposed to join the programme but had finally declined to be present there as Kamal Hossain was made the chief guest.