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GM Quader, also the deputy opposition leader in parliament, made the remarks while addressing a views-exchange meeting with the newly formed convening committee of Jatiya Party’s Dhaka north city unit at the party chairman’s Banani office.

He said people know who has become the champion in manipulating the election. “If it continues, the country will not be able to move forward in any way.”

The Jatiya Party chief said among the four basic principles of the constitution, only secularism now remains in place in the country. “People do not have the rights now in the country as there’s no democracy. Without democracy, accountability can’t be ensured either.”

He said the country abandoned socialism by adopting the free market economy. “Nationalism is getting lost while we’re also losing our own identity. Foreign culture is invading us.”

Stating that the nation achieved independence by fighting against discrimination of Pakistanis, GM Quader said the main spirit of independence was to build a prosperous society free from exploitation and discrimination.

“Even after 50 years of independence, we’ve not been able to materialise the basic spirit of independence. Inequality prevails at all levels of society. Laws are enforced differently for ruling party men and for the common people. It’s difficult to do business and get jobs for those who don’t belong to the ruling party,” he observed.

The Jatiya Party chief said most of the people of the country are struggling to make ends meet for lack of jobs amid the growing price hike. “But some people have amassed huge money and assets. They’re siphoning off money abroad in many ways.”

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