Opposition politicians said on Saturday that the government had failed to ensure congenial atmosphere for an inclusive national election as all the opposition forces were now rampantly suppressed by the ‘autocratic regime.’
Addressing a discussion on the upcoming national election, they said that people’s democratic rights defined by constitution were regularly being breached which added to the dominance of political elites.
They were addressing a discussion organised by Bangladesh Jana Dal (BJD) at the National Press Club hall room in Dhaka.
Speakers complained that absence of democracy in all state wings was resulted by undemocratic party-culture prevailed in the incumbent political elites, including Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
Chief guest of the discussion and convener of Nagarik Oikya Mahmudur Rahman Manna said that the ruling party had lost public trust on holding a credible and participatory polls due to its controversial role during the ‘farcical’ national election in 2014.
Referring to the ruling party leaders’ harsh criticism against the Supreme Court order on the 16th amendment of the constitution, he said AL leaders were hypocrite as they defended 2014 elections under ‘elected representatives’ by showing constitutional directives and disregarded highest court’s justification at the same time.
Manna urged the people to be united against the bipolarised political hegemony, saying that peoples’ rights no more be attained by the incumbents.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD secretary general Abdul Malek Ratan said the controversially elected government that bagged only 2.5 per cent of votes cast in national election in 2014 had no capacity to hold a credible election.
He said the present crisis over national election could be averted by introducing bicameral legislature or two-assembly system.
Chaired by BJD convener SM Shajahan, the discussion was also addressed by Shahidullah Kayser, Azizul Islam, Sheikh Abdun Noon, Mahbubur Rahman and Akbar Khan, among others.
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