bangladesh-jasodBangladesh Jasad urged not to announce the election date before creating an environment for participatory elections and reaching a political consensus. This call was made in a virtual meeting of the party’s standing committee on Saturday night. The meeting immediately condemned the mass arrest of opposition politicians and demanded their release.
In a statement of the Bangladesh Jasd, the political resolution adopted at the meeting said, ‘This meeting observes with deep concern that the Election Commission is going to announce the schedule of the national parliament elections before the environment of fair, free and impartial elections is ensured, ignoring the repeated calls of most of the political parties including the Bangladesh Jasd. . The arrogance, lack of power and stubbornness of the ruling government has led to political deadlock and insecurity in public life across the country. The farcical electoral farce has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 polls without a vote.’
The statement also said, ‘The vitality of democracy is being strangled, the socio-economic condition of the country is seriously deteriorating and national sovereignty is being challenged. The government is also blocking the way of dialogue to solve the political crisis by arresting and prosecuting the opposition political opponents. We immediately condemn the mass arrest of opposition politicians from this meeting and demand their release.’
The statement urged the government to ensure a participatory election environment by avoiding repression, arrests, lawsuits and negotiations, and said, ‘Our appeal to the Election Commission is to play a positive role in political reconciliation and until that happens, forcefully announce the date of the election in the country. Do not deepen the existing political crisis.’
Party President Mr. Sharif Nurul Ambia presided over the virtual meeting attended by Party General Secretary Nazmul Haque Pradhan, Executive President Indu Nandan Dutta, Standing Committee Members Mushtaq Hossain, Hemayetullah Hiru, Shahidul Islam Meeran, ATM Mohabbat Ali, Rafiqul Islam Khokon, Nurul Alam. Montu, Karim Sikder, Manzoor Ahmed, Anwarul Islam Babu, Nasirul Haque Nawab etc.