Dhaka: Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain on Tuesday said his party will not join the BNP in any greater national unity if Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami remains an ally of the opposition party.
In the wake of ongoing discussion on forging a greater national unity involving the major opposition forces, the elderly politician made his position clear at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club.
Asked whether they will go for forging the national unity with the BNP keeping Jamaat in its alliance it, Kamal said, "I and our party won't do it, but I don't know what other parties will do."
“So far, as I know, Jamaat is no longer political a party as its registration (with the election commission) has been cancelled,” he said.
Mentioning that he did not go with Jamaat in his entire life, Kamal Hossain said he would not budge from his position at this last stage of his life.
He, however, said there is a progress in the initiative for forging a greater unity to ensure a free, fair and inclusive national election in the country.
Kamal’s Gano Forum is yet to join the Jukto (United) Front floated by former president and Bangladesh Bikalpa Dhara chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury but he is in touch with the Front which too is negotiating with the opposition parties to form a greater alliance.
In response to a question a question who will lead the alliance if there is a greater unity, Kamal said he believes in joint leadership, not an individual's leadership.
The Gono Forum chief said they have got permission for holding a public rally at Gulistan's Mohanagar Natya Mancha on 22 September as part of their efforts to forge the national unity.
About the shifting of the makeshift court to Old Dhaka Central Jail from Alia Madrasah ground to hold trial in Zia Charitable Trust graft case, he said the decision was not taken as per the Constitution.
“I think, they (BNP) will challenge the decision, and the court will judge it. If I go to the court, I'll say it's not constitutional,” he said.
Kamal, also a noted jurist, said holding the trial of an 'opposition leader' in jail is not the right action.
About the ruling party leaders' remarks on holding the trial of Col Taher in jail, he said it was held during the military rule 41 years back.
"It's not logical to shift the court to jail citing such an instance. I think, the constitution has been violated with it.
About the BNP's demand for Khaleda's treatment in any specialised hospital, the Supreme Court senior lawyer said there is a long tradition of allowing sick prisoners receiving treatment in any hospital.
Mentioning that he has heard Khaleda Zia's health condition deteriorated, he said a sick person should not suffer this way. “The government shouldn't forget we live in a civilised society,” he said.
Expressing deep concern over the 'wholesale' arrest of people by plainclothes police, Kamal alleged that the government is not running the country as per the constitutional rule.