Vol. 4 Num 207 Thu. December 25, 2003  
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B Chy, Dr Kamal call for action against corruption

Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon the people to unite and launch a resolute movement against all types of violence and corruption and establish their constitutional rights and alleviate poverty.

"Rights of the common man must be established and I am confident that people will achieve this goal one day with their strength of unity," Badruddoza said.

"Our appeal to people is to unite and move forward to realise their constitutional rights, uphold the constitution and establish the rule of law, democracy and a functional parliament," Dr Kamal said.

The two leaders, who have recently stirred the political arena with their ideas of unity and a civil society platform, were on the same podium to address the fourth founding anniversary function of Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League (BKSJL).

KSJL President Kader Siddiqui chaired the programme at Mohanagar Natyamancha in the capital.

Another former president, Abdur Rahman Biswas, and former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hassan Chowdhury also spoke.

Biswas said, "I will not say anything against any person or party... I am no longer in politics. My only hope is that people should live in peace and prosperity."

Convergence of politicians of diverse political beliefs at the programme of a relatively new political party drew much public attention, many taking it to be an occasion for shaping up the much-talked-about political 'third force'.

"Go ahead with your struggle against violence and corruption, to establish democracy and alleviate poverty," Badruddoza urged people in his first public speech after last month's Iftar party speech in Dhaka calling for unity of civil society members to fight crimes and corruption.

In a brief thanksgiving speech he said, "Truth can never be concealed and rights of the common man must be established."

Dr Kamal at a press conference early this month called for a broad-based unity ahead of taking up a programme from a national convention in January next to force the government to combat corruption and violence.

Speaking as chief guest at yesterday's function, Dr Kamal said amassing of black money through corruption by the rulers and their patronage of armed groups have led to an erosion of moral values, creating a sick society. "This sickness may take the form of a social HIV. People are now virtual hostages to a few unscrupulous elements," he said.

The rulers think they are beyond the reach of law and political vengeance is taking a serious turn, he felt.

KSJL General Secretary Fazlur Rahman and its leader Nasrin Siddiqui also spoke.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Chairman of Jatiya Party HM Ershad sent separate messages of greeting on the occasion.

The function was attended by leaders of different political parties and intellectuals including Jatiya Party (Ershad) leader Rawshan Ershad, chief of a faction of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal ASM Abdur Rab, Jatiya Party leader Sardar Amjad Hossain, Shiekh Shahidul Islam, journalist Ataus Samad, Editor of the Bangla Bazar Patrika Zakaria Khan and poet Al Mujahidi.

Former presidents AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, right, and Abdur Rahman Biswas, centre, and Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain pose for photographs at the fourth founding anniversary of Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League of Kader Siddiqui, behind, at Mahanagar Natya Manch in Dhaka yesterday. PHOTO: STAR