'The voting rights of the people were taken away'
The Left Democratic Alliance (LDA) on Thursday demanded the holding of fresh elections under a neutral caretaker government.
The demand was made during a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka. LDA coordinator Ruhin Hossain Prince read out a written statement at the program.
Condemning alleged vote rigging and irregularities in the December 30 general election, the LDA protested the taking of oaths by newly elected MPs.
The organization also condemned attacks on minorities and the gang-rape of a woman in Noakhali, allegedly by ruling party activists.
Claiming it has been proved that there is no possibility of conducting an uninterrupted, neutral and credible election under the ruling government, LDA representatives demanded a fresh election under a neutral government.
“The voting rights of the people were taken away by the filling of ballot boxes before election day, spreading of fear in the name of security, and the arrest of opposition candidates and polling agents, including two from the alliance,” the statement said, adding that such activities made the election meaningless.
The human chain began around 11am, with participants covering their mouths with black gags.
The LDA contested 131 out of a total 300 constituencies in the 11th general election.
The alliance consists of eight parties, including the Communist Party of Bangladesh, BaSad and Ganasanghati Andaolan. All senior leaders of the alliance, including CPB leader Mujahidul Islam Selim, were present at the sit-in program.