Toaha recalled, movement to restore people’s rights urged

Rich tributes were paid to Comrade Mohammad Toaha and united movement for restoring democracy and the rights of toiling masses was emphasised at a meeting organised on Friday by the syamyabadi Dal marking the 32nd death anniversary of the late leader. Speaking at the function as the chief guest, Mostafa Jamal Haider, Chairman, Jatiya Party (Zafor-Jamal) recalled the sacrifices made by Comrade Toaha for the cause of the common man and said a united monument was needed to establish an exploitation-free society that he cherished.
He demanded the release of BMP chief and ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia who, he said was kept in jail in an illegal and conspiratorial way.
Presided over by Dr. Syed Nurul Islam, the meeting was also addressed by Mustafizur Rahman Iran, chairman of Bangladesh Labour Party, Kazi Mostafa Kamal and Suhas Bhattacharaya of Syamyabadi Dal and Mostafa Kamal Majumder, editor, GreenWatch Dhaka among others.
Mustafizur Rahman Iran said that components of the 20-party alliance were grateful to BNP’s founder Ziaur Rahman for restoring multiparty democracy paving the way for a rebirth of parties including the Awami League that were closed down in 1975.
He said that Begum Khaleda Zia was held in jail illegally and demanded her immediate release. He said that Khaleda restored parliamentary democracy which now was again turned into a one-party rule.
Kazi Mustafa Kamal criticized the government for what he said its failure to properly run the country. He said that farmers were now selling paddy only for Taka 500 a month and this was enough to buy only two kilograms of onion.
Underlining the need for a strong united movement he called upon leaders of the 20-party alliance to prepare a work programme that would be implemented if the alliance was voted to power. The people should feel that there will be a difference in the mode of governance in the event of a change of power. – Staff Reporter