Expressing concern over prevailing “misrule” and democratic backsliding, leftist leaders today demanded fresh general election immediately under a non-partisan caretaker government.
They also called upon all democratic forces and people to forge a greater unity for a strong movement to restore democracy.
They came up with the call at a meeting of Left Democratic Alliance in the city.
The meeting was held at Basod office with Bazlur Rashid Firoz, coordinator of the alliance, in the chair.
Among others, president of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Mujahidul Islam Selim, BSD general secretary Khalequzzaman, central leaders of the left front Shah Alam, Saiful Haque, Suvranshu Chakrabarti, Jonayed Saki, Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, Hamidul Haque, Mominur Rahman Momin, Prof Abdus Sattar, Rajekuzzaman Ratan, Abdullah Al Kafi Ratan, Ruhin Hossain Prince, Banhi Shikha Jamali, Manas Nandi, Ansar Ali Dulal, Akbar Khan, Bachchu Bhuiyan and Muniruddin Pappu were present in the meeting.
A resolution adopted in the meeting voiced concern over Indian President’s recent speech given in the Parliament about implementation of the process of 'National Register of Citizens' (NRC) on a priority basis in areas affected by infiltration.
In the resolution, the left leaders said Bangladesh has already plunged into a serious crisis with Rohingya refugees. If Muslims are driven out from India forcibly in the name of NRC implementation, it will push Bangladesh towards more trouble.
They were critical of the Awami League government for remaining silent after Indian president’s speech, saying it marks government’s subservient foreign policy. They called upon the countrymen to be vocal against anti-Bangladesh conspiracy.
Slamming the proposed national budget, the meeting said this budget has been prepared to make the rich people richer. Many incentives have been offered in the budget for them but the burden of tax on the poor has been increased by widening Vat net.
The meeting also demanded allocation of taka 10,500 crore for the farmers who were affected without getting fair price of their produced. Also, the meeting asked to allocate Tk. 5 thousand crore to construct a godown in each union across the country.
Criticising government’s fresh move to hike gas price again, the meeting in another resolution said cost of living will go up for it as prices of essential products and transportation cost will increase.