Dhaka, Bangladesh
Democracy must be functional: Dr Kamal

Democracy must be functional: Dr Kamal

Cntral council to be held on December 12

News Desk Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday said democracy must be made functional so that the country’s people can exercise their basic rights. As his party is facing a split, he suggested party leaders to organise its grassroots incorporating youths and women. “Democracy will have to be made functional in the country. Democracy shouldn’t just be on the pages of a book. We should create opportunities for people to enjoy their rights,” he said. The Gonoforum president came up with the remarks while virtually speaking at a meeting of the Gonoforum central committee at the Jatiya Press Club. Claiming that Gonoforum is working to implement the aspirations of people from the Liberation War and the freedom fighters, he said, "We’ll be able to give democracy an institutional shape in our country and translate the goals of our independence into reality if we can make our organisation stronger." The Gonoforum president asked its central leaders to organise the party in every district. “Increase the number of young men and women in the party and hold rallies all over the country in favour of the party, and present the principles and ideals of Gonoforum before people.” He also suggested Gonoforum leaders launch a campaign to make people aware of democracy and their rights. Later, the meeting expelled its eight rebel leaders, including Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Dr Abu Sayeed and Subrata Chowdhury, Gonoforum, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, on Saturday decided to hold the party's central council on December 12. Gonoforum leader Mostak Ahmed read out the decisions of the meeting. Previously expelled leaders Helaluddin, Latiful Bari Hamim, Khan Siddiqur Rahman and Abdul Hasib Chowdhury have also been expelled from the party as its primary members. All but Dhaka city unit Gonoforum leader Harun Talukder present at the meeting applauded the decisions. Harun said he has no support for the decisions. MP Mokabbir Khan, who presided over the meeting, said the decisions were passed at the meeting as only a member opposed those. Mokabbir also said Gonoforum was not formed to serve the purpose of any agency, but a quarter within the party has been doing that for 26 years. Party general secretary Dr Reza Kibria said some of their leaders have left the party and they have taken it as a usual matter in politics. He, however, told the party leaders that they have the democratic rights to go with Montu and other rebel leaders and follow them if their activities, ideals and personality and thoughts are better than Dr Kamal. “If Kamal Hossain's thoughts attract you, then stay with us. There’re instances in Gonoforum that many people earlier deserted the party and joined other ones. So, it’s nothing new,” Reza observed. Reza expressed his strong resolve to strengthen and reorganise the party afresh in consultation with the party leaders at all levels. Mostak said 130 party leaders, including 70 members of the convening committee, joined the meeting. Earlier on September 26, a faction of Gonoforum leaders, led by Montu, decided to hold the party’s national council on December 26 next. At an ‘extended meeting of Gonoforum’s central committee’ also formed a 201- member preparatory committee, led by party former general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, to hold the council. The meeting also decided to expel party general secretary Dr Reza Kibria, presidium members AOM Shafique Ullah, Advocate Mohsin Rashid and organising secretary Mostaque Ahmed for violating party discipline and constitution and indulging in activities that go against the party’s interests and organisational unity. They claimed that 283 leaders, including representatives from 52 districts, were present at the meeting. A close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Dr Kamal Hossain founded Gonoforum in 1993 leaving Awami League.

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