Time Digital Report: Military dictator Ershad stepped down in the face of a mass upsurge and handed over power to a caretaker government on December 6, 1990. Democracy Day will be observed marking the day in the country today.
Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations have taken various programmes to mark the day.
This ended his nine years of autocratic rule, which began with the grabbing of power in a coup that toppled the government of Justice Abdus Sattar on March 24, 1982.
Ershad was forced to step down amid protests, mainly by students. He died on July 14, 2019, when he was the leader of the opposition in parliament and the chairman of the Jatiya Party.
On the eve of the day, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir issued messages greeting the people and recalling the supreme sacrifice of many democracy-loving people during the anti-autocrat movement.
In her message, the prime minister said that the 6th of December is a significant day in the history of restoring democracy, adding that on this day in 1990, the autocratic government had fallen.
In a message,BNP secretary general paid tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice for the cause of democracy and prayed for the eternal peace of their departed souls.
He said that though the enemies of democracy were ousted on December 6, 1990, they were not sitting idle now, and because of that, the uncompromising leader of that movement, Khaleda Zia, was now kept in jail.
He vowed to restore democracy and free Khaleda by defeating the autocracy.
The Jatiya Party, observes the day as ‘Constitution Protection Day’ and the party will hold a discussion at its Banani office in Dhaka to mark the day.