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Three parties launch alliance

Update : 26 Dec 2013, 09:40 PM

Three political parties, who have no representation in the current parliament, announced the formation of a new political alliance yesterday at the National Press Club, calling it the National Democratic Front (NDF).

Bikalpadhara Bangladesh (BDB), led by AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) faction led by ASM Abdur Rob and Krishok Sramik Janata League led by Abdul Kader Siddique, formed the new alliance.

The aims of this new political alliance are establishing a good political atmosphere in the country, scrapping the 15th amendment of the constitution and preventing the “unilateral” general elections scheduled on January 5, introduction of a bicameral parliament and an electoral system for holding participatory elections, with the participation of all political parties.         

Krishok Sramik Janata League President Kader Siddique said the new alliance would work to strengthen a third political force outside the influence of Awami League and BNP. However, he said that the new front would show support to the 18-party March for Democracy.

JSD General Secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, said that although their front would show support for the ‘March for Democracy’ programme, they will not support any demand for release of the war criminals. In response to this, Kader Siddique added that this statement was Abdul Malek Ratan’s own and did not represent the front’s opinion.

AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, the president of BDB, said people were eagerly waiting to support their political force and the new alliance would work to fulfil their demands.

He called on the government to refrain from holding elections on January 5.

JSD President ASM Abdur Rob said the government was leading the country towards a civil war in the name of holding elections. He called on the people to unite under the umbrella of NDF to save the country from destruction.

NDF will bring in like-minded political parties, organisations and personalities to continue its movement, Rob said. 

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