Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said yesterday that Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JASHOD) still remains relevant as the battle against militancy needs unity and the desire for equity and good governance remains a burning issue in society.
The minister, who is also president of JASHOD, said that his party was born to fight against disparity in society and that remains a real issue to this day.
The minister was delivering his presidential speech at a meeting at the Institute of Engineers of Bangladesh (IEB) on the 44th birth anniversary of his party.
He also said "Meanwhile, new issues like the battle against militancy had become a major subject, while the desire for good governance, free from corruption was also a crying need of the time."
He said that his party was at the forefront for the battle against military rule and militancy and for further consolidating democracy and would continue to remain so.
The meeting was also addressed by Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim, also the co-coordinator the ruling 14-party Alliance.
Nasim also appreciated the constructive role of JASHOD and emphasized on the need for greater unity among the pro-liberation and secular forces.
He cautioned everybody that they should not take politics lightly as there could be bigger challenges ahead.
Others who spoke at the meeting included former industries' minister, Dilip Barua, also general secretary of Samyabadi Dal.
Other senior leaders of JASHOD and its fraternal parties also spoke on the occasion.
All of them called for greater unity in the fight for secularism and prosperity and in defeating violent militancy in the name of religion.
"We cannot allow Bangladesh to be another Afghanistan or Pakistan, "Inu said.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)