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Forge an opposition front, Zafrullah to Khaleda

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Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury on Thursday suggested BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to form a ‘combined opposition front’ together with major and small political parties to ‘restore’ democracy and people’s voting rights’, UNB reports.

“I call upon her (BNP chief) to shun obstinacy and launch a combined opposition front with big and small parties, giving Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury a special position in it. You can also take to the streets with 5/6-point charter as the Jukta Front did it with 21-point charter during the 1954,” he said.

Zafrullah further said, “You can first include education, healthcare and employment for all in your charter. Then you can go out to the field with the demands for ensuing democratic rights, right to franchise, and will see no undemocratic regime will be there in office and no one can hang onto power with muscle power.”

He put forward the suggestion while speaking at a roundtable discussion at the Jatiya Press Club arranged by Adarsha Nagorik Andolan. The Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder also advised Khaleda to hold meetings with ward and thana-level leaders of her party every week to invigorate them.

“You’ve appointed 600 leaders to your committee. I’m not sure whether you know all of them. You can call them every week to your home and take with them thus know their faces. You can also take to the streets together with them to asses whether people are with you… at least there’re five crore people only with BNP.  Now one will take you to the chair (power) if you choose to stay indoor,” he observed.

Zafrullah also advised Khaleda not to bring her daughter-in-law and Tarique Rahman’s wife Dr Zobida Rahman in politics now. “You please carry out your responsibility by your own.” He, however, extended his support to Khaleda’s 13-point proposal on constituting a stronger Election Commission.

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