Vol. 5 Num 351 Wed. May 25, 2005  

Unity of progressive political parties a must for rule of law
Says Dr Kamal

Dr Kamal Hossain, convenor of Jatiyo Oikya Mancha, yesterday said unity of progressive political parties is a must to establish the rule of law in the country.

"Only unity of honest people could drive out the evil forces from society as well as the country," he said at a memorial meeting to mark the first death anniversary of slain Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master at the National Press Club.

Dr Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, said if the honest people do not come forward and be united under a single platform, the country would face trouble in future.

The noted lawyer also said that politics is now being dominated by muscle power and black money.

"To get rid of the current situation, all pro-liberation and progressive political parties have to be united," he added.

Dr. Kamal also recalled the contribution of slain AL leader Ahsanullah Master to establishing workers' right.

Ahsanullah master was an honest politician who could be an example for others, he said.

Speaking at the meeting, AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil said honest politicians like Ahsanullah Master is rare in the country.

He called upon people to be united with the objective to establish people's democratic right.

General secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Mujahidul Islam Selim ctiticised the government for appointing the chief election commissioner without any discussion with the opposition parties.

He also alleged the leaders of the four-party alliance government are trying to cling to the state power at any cost.

President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Mahbuby Alam, AL leader advocate Rahmat Ali, JSD leader Shirin Akhter, former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Prof AK Azad Chowdhury, AL leader Akhtaruzzaman and Jahid Ahsan Russell MP, son of late Ahsanullah Master, also spoke.

Jatiya Oikya Mancha Convenor Dr Kamal Hossain speaks at a discussion organised by Shaheed Ahsanullah Master MP Smriti Parisad at the National Press Club yesterday in remembrance of the slain AL Lawmaker. PHOTO: STAR