Left parties skeptical of fair polls

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published at 01:42am on September 09, 2018

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Left Democratic Alliance holds an exchange of views with intellectual and citizens in the capital on Saturday. — New Age photo

Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim expressed his doubt, on Saturday, over holding of a free and fair election under the Awami League-run government alleging that the present government is expert in generating ‘state-managed election results’.
He also alleged that the government is planning to hold another ‘faulty’ election using Election Commission as AL’s ‘helping hand’.
The CPB leader was addressing a view exchange meeting of the Left Democratic Alliance at Maitri Auditorium in the city.
LDA is a combine of eight left-leaning political parties including CPB, Bangladesh Workers’ Party, and Gonosanghati Andaloan.
Selim said that the left-leaning parties should be more integrated with visionary political policy to create a third power in Bangladesh politics.
Termed the situation of country’s politics as ‘dangerous, anarchic and critical’, CPB chief claimed ‘A third strong left political power is a need of the hour to create a visible and dependable alternative for the people.’
Professor Anu Mahmud, member secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, said, ‘A recent survey has published in the media which showed that AL has more than 60 per cent public support. Then why is the fear in forming a neutral non-party election time government.’
Professor Mahmud along with the other leaders stressed to establish a unified political stand of left-wing parties.
The leaders reiterated their demands for the resignation of the incumbent government, dissolution of the parliament and reconstruction of the Election Commission before the announcement of the poll schedule.