Saifur vows to free party from hostage of individual
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Reformist faction leader of BNP Saifur Rahman pledged to free the party from the bondage of any individual to make it democratic, reports UNB.

"We are in a process of making the party absolutely democratic where no individual can keep it hostage," Saifur told a discussion meeting without naming anyone.

Organized on the eve of the Independence and National Day celebration BNP reformists including former MPs attended the meeting held at Elegant Convention Centre at Gulshan.

"We have to bring about change in the party by changing our mindset and blind views," he added. Saifur asked the party rank and file to take a fresh vow on the auspicious Independence Day to realize the dream of Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman of welfare of the people through multiparty democratic polity.

He urged the government for holding parliamentary election at the earliest. "An elected, accountable government has to be formed at the earliest. Only a free and fair election can restore democracy and bring about good for all." "Acute problems facing the nation can be overcome by a representative government.

Resolving the problems is not possible by those who have no link with the masses," he said. Recalling the past former Finance Minister said, "the economic situation would not come to such a pass had the policy pursued during our time was continued." Adressing the meeting Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan expressed the hope unity of the party.

"You will see BNP is united before the election. People will also rally behind us. The nationalist forces will also get united before the polls," he said with an air of confidence. He added : Those who keep aside from the process of unity will certainly be isolated from BNP.

Bhuiyan expressed the hope that the election will be held in accordance with the roadmap announced by the Election Commission. "I'' m optimistic that the country will be administered by a government installed by an early election … And BNP will win the election." Maj (rtd) Hafizuddin Ahmed said BNP is passing through crisis because the leadership had went out of the track set by Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman.

"Democracy had been absent in the party." "We will no longer do politics of sycophancy nor shall we flatter any individual leader for carrying out politics. We will concentrate our activities for the greater interest of the nation," said Hafiz.

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