A new political coalition ‘Left Democratic Alliance’ comprising eight leftist political parties of the country was launched in the capital on Wednesday.
The political alliance was launched at a press conference at Mukti Bhaban in Purana Paltan of the capital.The eight leftist parties are Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD-Marxist), Ganasanghati Andolon, Bangladesher United Communist League, Ganatantrik Biplobi Party and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Andolon.
Saiful Huq, general secretary of Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh, has been made the first coordinator of the alliance. One representative from every component will perform as the coordinator of the alliance for every three months.
A central operating council has been formed with two representatives from each political party.
Reading out a written statement, Saiful Huq said it has been proved undoubtedly in the last few years that there is no scope of holding free and neutral elections in Bangladesh under partisan government.
He said fair, neutral and acceptable election is not possible by the Election Commission which is loyal to the government. At the same time, equal scope for all parties is also not possible without dissolving parliament, he said.
“For this reason, we think that resignation of the incumbent government and dissolving parliament before announcement of schedule for the national election, formation of election time neutral government on the basis of opinion of all political parties and people, reconstitution of election commission and reformation of total electioneering system have become inevitable,” Saiful Huq said.The alliance announced that it will hold demonstration across the country, including the capital, on July 24, demanding people’s democratic rights and resisting misrule, repression, corruption and plundering.
The alliance will arrange a view exchange programme in the capital on August 4 demanding voting rights and total reconstitution of the existing electioneering system and will hold meetings, public rallies and processions in six divisional cities --Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna, Barishal, Rajshahi and Rangpur.