A compelling and timely event tilted“Discussion on 12th National Parliament Elections” took place at the National Press Club, Maulana Akram Khan Hall chaired by the Education Research and Development Forum of Bangladesh (ERDFB).
This thought-provoking session gathered renowned figures and experts to deliberate on the significance of the upcoming national elections and the profound implications for Bangladesh’s sovereignty and progress. Various speakers expressed their thoughts during the session. Speakers at the event emphasized that Bangladesh is progressing despite insurmountable odds. Both domestic and foreign forces are eager to halt this progress. They stated that everyone needs to come forward for the non-communal development of Bangladesh. Speakers assured that there’s no fear associated with elections, and a newly formed government will be more effective.
Participants and Notable Figures Present:
The event was graced by eminent figures including Prof. Dr. Mamun-Al-Mahtab from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Prof. Dr. Md. Sazzad Hossain, a member of University Grant Commissions (UGC), Prof. Dr. Jebunnessa of Jahangirnagar University, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Badruzzaman Bhuiyan, VC of Barishal University, Professor Dr. Abdul Jabbar Khan from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), and Professor Dr. Sayed Humayun Akhtar of Bangladesh Open University (BOU).
The chief guest of the event was Prof. Dr. Mijanur Rahman, Former Vice Chancellor of Jagannath University.
Key Points Discussed:
Challenges Faced Internally and Externally: Addressing internal and external opposition, especially from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), former Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Mizanur Rahman elucidated on the challenges posed by decisions emanating from external sources, particularly those affecting BNP’s electoral participation.
He said, “The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) represents the primary opposition to the country’s independence. It has been highlighted that decisions of the BNP originate from London. Those advocating for participatory discussions in the upcoming elections should understand that the decision not to participate in BNP’s elections comes from London. Therefore, no resolution is expected to arise from these discussions.”
Safeguarding Sovereignty through Elections: Renowned UGC Member, Professor Dr. Mohammad Sazzad Hossain, Emphasizes the Crucial Role of Upcoming Elections in Safeguarding Bangladesh’s Sovereignty. He emphasized active participation and responsible voting as the means to secure the nation’s independence. The speaker also emphasized the imperative to protect the nation’s developmental trajectory and engage the youth in preserving Bangladesh’s democracy.
Citizen Participation in Elections: Urging greater turnout, speakers advocated for increased citizen involvement in the upcoming January 7 elections. Stressing the discrepancy between registered members and actual voter turnout in certain political factions, they emphasized the necessity for broader civic engagement.
Bangladesh’s Progress Amidst Challenges: Speakers collectively emphasized Bangladesh’s relentless march forward, undeterred by formidable challenges posed by domestic and foreign forces. They highlighted the need for unified efforts towards the nation’s non-partisan growth and development.
Commitment to Fair and Effective Governance: Despite the electoral climate, speakers assured the public of the effectiveness of a new government and reiterated the absence of fear associated with exercising voting rights.
Journalist Ajay Dasgupta led the proceedings as the program’s moderator, with PressXpress serving as the event’s media partner.