DHAKA, March 11, 2017 (BSS)- Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu today told a grand rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan here that elections would be held on time and that the trial of Khaleda Zia must be completed before the polls.
The minister also said that the fight against militancy must continue along with the run-up to the election. "There will be no respite in the fight against militancy during the electoral process," he said.
Inu, also the president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), was presiding over the grand rally organized by JSD.
The minister said that equity must accompany growth. "We do not want inequitable growth,.
He also criticized the tactics of militancy finding shelter and succor in the name of constitutional politics. "This cannot be allowed," he said. "Democracy cannot be a conduit for militants or their patrons to gain respite and regain strength," he said.
Inu also said that the so-called proposal of an election -assisting government, proposed by the BNP, was vague and had no constitutional backing.
He also cited the example of other democratic countries and said such arrangements were nowhere in place. He thrashed the idea as a tactics to disrupt the electoral and constitutional process.
"The BNP is saying in the same breath that they would participate in the polls and demanding changes to the system. It is not clear what they want," he said.
Inu predicted that in future there will be no "musical chair" of Freedom Fighters and Razakars alternating in state power. "This will not happen again. Only Freedom Fighters will rule Bangladesh in future, "he said.
Criticizing those who proposed a policy of appeasement with BNP, he said this was not possible as BNP was sheltering militants and militancy.
Inu also proposed a host of measures including changes to the controversial school curriculum as demanded by many stakeholders and also requested the government to reconsider the price hike of natural gas. "The price hike will result in immense suffering to common people, "he said.
Regarding Rampal coal-fired plant, he said, we want development but at the same time we want to protect the environment.
At the beginning of his speech, the JSD president condemned the attack on JSD workers in Narsinghdi as they were on their way to the meeting in Dhaka.
He termed the attackers as "disguised pro-BNP-Jamaat elements masquerading as Awami League workers."
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)