Do not hand over power without reconstituting public bodies |
Freedom fighters urge CG
Freedom fighters at a roundtable yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) not to handover the power without reconstituting some public bodies like Election Commission (EC), High Court, Anti-Corruption Commission and Public Service Commission.
Warning the CG, they also said that CG should not derail itself from fulfilling the national expectation of making a corruption-free Bangladesh and a place for honest people.
Muktijoddha Gono Parishad organised the roundtable on 'The expectations of the War of Liberation and today's Bangladesh' at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) in the city where freedom fighters blamed the politicians for the present political imbalance.
Major General (Retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim Bir Pratik said the spirit of the liberation war only existed in the speeches of the politicians and literary pieces but no effective initiative was taken to implement the images of the liberation war practically.
He suggested setting up a bank for freedom fighters for improving the financial condition of the freedom fighters' families.
Artist Bhaskar Roy said nation has reached today's situation due to lack of a strong leadership.
"It was a massive mistake from the freedom fighters' part to keep themselves aloof from joining national politics that fetched corrupt individuals an opportunity to enter the political arena and make their fortune with thousands of irregularities, including many in the public bodies" he said while addressing the roundtable.
Language Movement veteran Abdul Matin said it is time all freedom fighters be united and move forward for the greater interest of the country.
Major General (Retd) Azizur Rahman Bir Uttam said the CG should not hold election without reforming the important public bodies.
"Nation will plunge into a deep uncertainty if CG fails to reform public bodies which are the main pillars of democracy of a country," he said.
Prof Asif Nazrul of Dhaka University said freedom fighters could not embody their dreams due to lack of unity.
Muktijoddha Gono Parishad Chairman Ishtiak Aziz Ulfat presided over the meeting where General Secretary Sadek Ahmed Khan read out the keynote paper.
Freedom fighters Syed Abul Bashar and Jamal Uddin, Muktijoddha Museum Trustee Akku Chowdhury, Major General (Retd) Imamuzzaman Bir Bikram and Projanma-71 President Shaheen Reja Nur also took part at the roundtable.