Vol. 5 Num 305 Tue. April 05, 2005  

Reform caretaker system, EC: Jalil
AL won’t join polls if demands not met, Magura council told

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday reiterated his party's stance that it will not participate in the next general election unless the caretaker system is reformed and the Election Commission (EC) reorganised to hold a free and fair election.

"We will soon make specific proposals to the government for necessary reforms", he said while address the triennial council of Magura district AL, held at Asaduzzaman Auditorium in the town.

The AL leader said, the previous elections suggested that a fair election is not possible under a caretaker government headed by a person who is partisan. This prompted us to think differently, he said.

He also demanded an Election Commission with a separate secretariat, its own budget and free from influence of the executive.

Jalil also criticised Prime Minister's recent comments at public meetings that AL is trying to foil the next election. "We want a fair election, not like polls held on February 15, 1996 and on October, 2001.

The AL general secretary said BNP-Jamaat government has divided the people of the country into two classes, leaving most of them deprived of their minimum rights while giving opportunities to a selected few for earning money and resources.

Jalil criticised the government for failing to control prices of essentials. "We will not allow them to play with the fate of the people.

"This autocratic regime must be removed for restoration of democracy and values of the Liberation War".

He said, people's life is now 'endangered' due to rise of 'ultra fanatic forces' under patronisation of the government.

He called upon AL leaders and activists and the people to stand united to pull down the alliance government through a mass movement and free the country from their 'misrule'.

"The time of this government is running out fast. This government will not be allowed to exploit the people and the nation any more", he told the council.

With district AL Convener Md Altaf Hossain in the chair, the council was addressed by, among others, central AL Orgnising Secretary Abdul Mannan, former minister Talukder Abdul Khaleq MP, general secretary of central Sramik League Roy Ramesh Chandra, local lawmaker Prof Dr MS Akbar, central AL Assistant Secretary SM Kamal Hossain and central AL leader Abdul Majid.

Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil (L) addressing Magura district AL council held at Asaduzzaman Auditorium in the town yesterday. PHOTO: STAR