Leftwing parties on Monday said steps should be taken to hold a free and fair election under an election-time neutral government before the announcement of manifesto for the forthcoming general election.
Leaders of Left Democratic Alliance reiterated their demand at a rally in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka.
They also called on the people to join their movement to uphold their voting and democratic rights.
Observing Demand Day across the country, speakers at the rally said no local and parliamentary election held under the incumbent government was credible and fair.
They warned that free and fair election would be elusive if the misrule of the ruling alliance continued.
The Election Commission had lost people’s faith and it should be restructured immediately, said leaders of the alliance.
They also demanded unconditional release of noted photographer Shahidul Alam and other people, who were arrested or picked up by cops for their reported involvement with recent student protests demanding road safety and reform in quota in government jobs.
Revolutionary Workers’ Party general secretary Saiful Haque presided over the rally, where he announced that the alliance would stage rallies in front of election offices in Dhaka and district headquarters on September 20 demanding a poll-time neutral government.
He demanded that the government should talk to the political parties to form a neutral election-time government.
‘People would not accept election under a partisan government,’ he said adding that any attempt to elect a one-party government would destabilise the country.
Socialist Party of Bangladesh’s central leader Bazlur Rashid Firoz said people would shed blood if the ruling AL tried to snatch citizen’s voting rights again.
Communist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Mohammad Shah Alam, Revolutionary Democratic Party general secretary Mushrefa Mishu, United Communist League leader Azizur Rahman and Ganasanghati Andolan leader Moniruzzaman Pappu, among others, addressed the rally.
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