11TH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

Mahila Parishad worried over religion based organisations

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:48, Nov 19,2018 | Updated: 00:50, Nov 19,2018

 
 

Bangladesh Mohila Parishad holds a news conference in Dhaka on Sunday demanding that the forthcoming 11th parliamentary elections should be held in a free, fair and neutral manner. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad leaders have expressed their concern about different religion based organisations getting involved with the major political alliances ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections, scheduled to be held on December 30.
They came up with the statement while addressing a press briefing demanding free, fair and neutral elections at the organisation’s Segunbagicha office in Dhaka on Sunday.
The Parishad president, Ayesha Khanom, while talking to reporters, said that though the two major alliances did not make their stance clear about the religion based organisations, people understood
their stance through their activities.
She said that getting involved with religion based organisations for assuming power and running the state would create a negative legacy in the country’s politics.
‘Ahead of the polls, Hefazat-e-Islam is getting close to the pro-liberation alliance while Jammat-e-Islami, a religion based political party that opposed the country’s Liberation War, is an ally of the 20-party alliance,’ she said.
Ruling Awami League is the pro-liberation party while the main ally of the 20-part alliance, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, is also the main partner of another alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front.
She said that parties with completely opposite ideologies were getting together only to win the elections and those incidents were alarming for the society.
‘The parties that supported the spirit of the Liberation War and the constitution of 1972 are making alliance with the parties that don’t believe in the spirit of the Liberation War,’ she added.
While reading out the written statement in the press conference, the Parishad’s acting movement secretary, Rekha Chowdhury, urged the government, political parties and the Election Commission to promote political empowerment of women.
The Parishad’s advocacy and lobby director Jana Goswami also addressed the programme, among
others.

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