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Scrap Jan 5 elections

Demands new 3-party alliance

Staff Correspondent

Bikolpodhara Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Krishak Sramik Janata League have formed a new alliance that demanded scrapping of the upcoming polls schedule and a non-party caretaker government to oversee the 10th parliamentary election.
"People of the country want to see a third political alliance apart from the two major alliances," Krishak Sramik League President Kader Siddique said while announcing the alliance, named National Democratic Front, at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital yesterday.  
The leadership of the components of the alliance, however, gave different opinions regarding extending support to the December 29 Dhaka march programme called by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
At the conference, JSD General Secretary Abdul Malek Ratan said the new alliance supported Sunday's Dhaka march but, if activists of the BNP-led opposition demanded release of the war criminals at the programme, National Democratic Front would withdraw its support.
Just after Ratan delivered his speech, Quader Siddiki said that what Ratan had said was "his party's [JSD] opinion, it was not the opinion of the alliance."
Both Ratan and JSD President ASM Abdur Rob at that time did not give any response to Kader Siddique's remark. Bikalpadhara President Badruddoza Chowdhury also remained silent.  
Kader Siddique, however, added that if any violence occurred during the march programme, the alliance would withdraw its support.
According to the statement read out at the conference, the alliance will always be against autocracy, war crimes, crimes against humanity, terrorism, extremism and communalism. 


Published: 12:00 am Friday, December 27, 2013

Last modified: 9:32 pm Friday, December 27, 2013

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