No more election boycott: Dr Kamal

Published: November 17, 2018 20:49:58 | Updated: November 18, 2018 16:43:04


Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain has said the anti-government political alliance will not boycott the election.

He also urged people to get ready to guard the polling stations while addressing a grand rally of lawyers on Saturday, reports UNB.

Jatiya Ainjibi Oikyafront arranged the programme on the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) premises with its president Advocate Zainul Abedin in the chair.

Kamal admitted that they had to suffer a lot by boycotting the election once.

"We won't boycott the polls further. We (people) must cast our votes by going to thousands of polling stations, no matter what tricks they (ruling party) resort to," he said.

The Gano Forum chief also called upon Oikyafront leaders and activists to visit every house and make people understand to cast their votes.

"The country's all voters will have to guard the polling stations during the election," he said.

Dr Kamal said the country's people were freed from the chain of subordination through the Liberation War. "We can't allow the country to become subdued again. People must believe they're all the sources of power and real owners of the country."

Kamal also demanded the government release BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. "When an election is going to be held after a long time, the chief of a major party has been kept in an abandoned jail. She must be freed."

He said it cannot be acceptable that leader of a major party will join the polls as the Prime Minister while another party's chief will remain in jail.

Besides, Dr Kamal said an inequality has been created as thousands of BNP leaders and activists are still in jail. "It won't help restore democracy."

He said though the Prime Minister during her talks with the Oikyafront leaders promised to stop the arrest of opposition leaders and activists, law enforcers are still arresting them.

Kamal also opposed the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the election.

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