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20-Party Alliance: Will reconsider contesting in election if no level-playing field

  • Published at 01:40 pm November 15th, 2018
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20-Party Alliance Coordinator Oli Ahmed speaks at a press briefing, after a meeting at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, in Dhaka, on November 15, 2018 Collected

It alleges that the ruling party and its allies have an unfair advantage

The 20-Party Alliance has said it will reconsider running in the 11th general election – slated for December 30 – if a level-playing field is not ensured. 

“The alliance wants to go to the polls, but …if equal opportunities are not created then we will reconsider participating in the election,” Alliance Coordinator Oli Ahmed told a press briefing—after a meeting at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, in Dhaka, on Thursday. 

Oli, also Liberal Democratic Party president, alleged that the ruling party and its allies have an unfair advantage.

He blasted Wednesday’s clash, saying that police action against the activists in front of a large political party's central office – during the sale of nomination forms – is unacceptable.

Such attacks destroy the election environment, he said.

On Wednesday, BNP leaders and activists clashed with police in front of the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters. Police vehicles were torched during the clash.

Oli has demanded equal opportunities for all parties in the election.

He said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is not getting the opportunity to participate in the election and that despite the prime minister’s assurances, police are still arresting the alliance’s leaders and activists.

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