From Bayazid Hossain Mongla: A human chain was organized at the corner of Mongla Chowdhury on Sunday morning, September 13, organized by Nagarik-Sujan and Mongla Civil Society to demand good governance and ensure the continuity of democratic continuity.
Professor Sheikh Nazrul Islam, Acting President of Citizen-Sujan Mongla for Good Governance, presided over the rally during the human chain held at 11 am on Sunday. Former Upazila Vice Chairman Md. Nur Alam Sheikh, General Secretary of Sujan Md. Mohsin Hossain, General Secretary of Mongla Press Club Md. Hasan Gazi, Civil Society Leader Md. Nazmul Haque, Md. Monir Hossain, Kamala Sarkar, Labor Leader Abdus Salam Bepari spoke Major. Speakers at the rally said that no election has been held in Mongla Port Municipality for the last 10 years. Under the leadership of the current municipal mayor, some individuals have usurped power. In order to develop leadership, ensure good governance and maintain democratic continuity, all the complexities have to be resolved and elections have to be held for the expiring Mongla Port Municipality as soon as possible. Addressing the present Municipal Mayor Md. Zulfiqar, the speakers said that it is against the democratic norms and culture to hold a chair like Jagaddal Pathar without the verdict of the people through a conspiracy case through a mechanism. The speakers demanded the resignation of the municipal mayor at the moment and the election of the expiring Mongla Port municipality at the earliest. In his closing remarks, Francis Sudan Haldar, president of the rally and Sujan Mongla, said there was no alternative to holding elections in Mongla Port Municipality. Otherwise, the enthusiasm for the election will ebb among the people, along with frustration. He demanded immediate municipal elections by resolving all the complications. Hundreds of people of different classes and professions participated in the human chain. Note that the last election of Mongla Port Municipality was held on 13 January 2011. Although ten years have passed, the municipal elections have not been held on time due to conspiracy cases. At present, the High Court has dismissed all the cases and directed the Election Commission to conduct the municipal elections. But again, the civil society is concerned about the fear of conspiracy cases, he said.