08:44 PM, January 11, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:05 PM, January 11, 2019

Election orchestrated, say leftists

Leftists have rejected the recent election of Bangladesh alleging that state mechanisms were orchestrated to pull a victory of the Awami League.

The administration, law enforcement and intelligence agencies together played a role to influence the election in favour of Awami League, they alleged.

“We reject this fraudulent election and the fake government,” said Ruhin Hossain Prince, a leader of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB).

The programme, a public hearing, held at Jatiya Press Club today, heard accounts of 82 Left Democratic Alliance candidates who took part in the election.

They alleged, all parties except for the components of Awami League-led alliance faced hindrance in every step before, during and after election. 

They also alleged, an adverse, fearful situation was created ahead of the election; activists of the AL and its associated bodies attacked rallies and processions of LDA candidates, removed their posters, even assaulted and threatened the candidates. 

Mohammad Shah Alam, coordinator of Left Democratic Alliance, demanded abolishing the 11th parliament and arrangement of a fresh election under a neutral administration.

He also said the alliance will wage movement for holding parliamentary polls under a caretaker government.

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