Vol. 4 Num 327 Fri. April 30, 2004  
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Resign now
Professional groups ask govt

Different professional bodies yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the BNP-led coalition government for its 'misrule and violation of the constitution'.

This government has no right to cling to power as it could not ensure security to citizens, leaders of the professionals said at a joint meeting of the bodies.

Several organisations of professionals including lawyers, engineers, doctors, teachers and journalists and cultural activists joined the meeting held at the Supreme Court (SC) Bar Association hall room.

The professionals' leaders stressed greater unity to intensify the movement for unseating the government, launched by the main opposition Awami League.

They said although people had given the BNP the mandate to govern the country for five years, there are lot of examples that governments stepped down in the face of people's demand before expiry of their tenure.

The coalition government's autocratic activities and repression have led to a confrontational situation in politics, they noted.

Speakers included Prof Abdus Sabur of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Prof AK Azad Chowdhury and Hossain Mansur of Dhaka University, former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru, Dr Badiuzzaman Bhuiyan of Bangladesh Medical Association, Prof Iqbal Arslan and Dr Jamaluddin Chowdhury of Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad, journalists Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and Shafiqur Rahman, Kazi Farooq Ahmed of College Teachers Association, advocates Subrata Chowdhury and Bashir Ahmed and Mohammad Salahuddin of Muktijoddha Sangsad. SC Bar Association Vice-president Sirajul Huq was in the chair.

The professionals later brought out a procession that marched up to the Jatiya Press Club.