Jatiya Oikya Mancha president Dr Kamal Hossain Saturday called upon the people to vote for the genuine patriotic forces and reject the collaborators of 1971, reports BDNEWS.
Terming the incumbent BNP-led government the 'violator of the constitution,' he said they showed respect neither to the people nor to the constitution.
Kamal's statement came at a rally at Muktangan in the city organised ahead of a three-party long march towards Sylhet.
Jatiya Oikya Mancha, Bikalpadhara Bangladesh and Bangladesh Tariqat Federation jointly organised the long march in protest against the 'fake' voters' list, price hike of essentials and power, water, fertiliser and diesel crises.
Referring the bomb attacks by Islamic militants, Kamal said the defeated force of 1971 is still conspiring against the existence of the country.
"The masterminds of the genocide of 1971 are again in power," he said, adding: "We have to be aware of their ill motives."
Alleging violation of the constitution by the government at every step, he said: "They claim themselves as democrats but it's ridiculous that they have no respect either for the constitution or for the people."
"They should not forget that Bangladesh is not the property of any particular family."
Former President and BDB chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury termed the four-party alliance government 'traitor' and said they did not keep their pre-election promises.
"We want to get rid of these intolerable sufferings," Chowdhury said referring to the price hike of essentials and crises of power, water, fertiliser and diesel.
Tariqat Federation chairman Najibul Bashar Maijbhandari urged all to be united against the 'misrule of the alliance government.'
The second long march of the three-party alliance is expected to end at the shrine of Shahjalal (RH) in Sylhet via Narsingdi, Bhairab and Ashuganj. The first long march was held on May 4 to Rajshahi.
Other senior leaders of the parties including the secretary-generals also spoke at the rally. BDB Secretary General Abdul Mannan spoke at a rally at the Shanir Akhra bus stand where people demonstrated against water and power crises a few days back.
Several thousand activists of the alliance joined the long march chanting anti-government slogans. The march of nearly 100 vehicles caused huge traffic jams in the city streets on its way to Sylhet.
BDNEWS Narsingdi correspondent reports: The long marchers held a rally at Bholanagar bus stand.