B Chy terms cabinet a hotchpotch

Bikalpadhara President Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Tuesday alleged that Awami League has formed a hotchpotch cabinet along with the so-called opposition with a mandate of five percent voters.
“Those who are now in power, they’re the players and the referees… they’re all in all… They (AL) have formed a hotchpotch type of cabinet keeping the main opposition out of the
 election race. In fact, there’s no opposition now in parliament,” he said.
Badruddoza, also a former President, made the remarks while addressing a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club. Bangladesh Sammilito Peshajibi Parishad arranged the programme, marking the 78th birth anniversary of BNP founder late President Zaiur Rahman.
The BDB chief said the current regime has snatched people’s voting rights through the lopsided January 5 elections as it was formed only with the support of five percent voters.
He called upon the country’s people to wage a strong movement against those stanched the voting rights of the country’s 95 percent voters. “Otherwise, the voting right won’t be restored.”
Terming the 10th parliamentary election a mockery, the former BNP founding secretary general said, “If anyone scored 5 out of 100 is considered as an unsuccessful candidate. The government got only 5 numbers in the January 5 elections. But the failed persons are now passed candiates. It’s a surprise.”
He urged the professionals to stand against the current regime.
Recalling the role of Ziaur Rahman in the country’s Liberation War, Badruddoza said, “The country’s people and the history got ashamed when it was said that Zaiur Rahman didn’t proclaim the Liberation War.”He said Zia was a democracy-loving true patriot who had taken the country forward by introducing multiparty democracy.
Chaired by Bangladesh Sammilito Peshajibi Parishad convener Ruhul Amin Gazi, the programme was addressed, among others, by Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League (BKSJL) president Abdul Kader Siddiqui, BNP chairperson’s adviser Shamsuzzaman Dudu, BFUJ secretary general Shawkat Mahmud and ex-pro VC of Dhaka University Prof AFM Yusuf Haider.