Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Oikya Front not to boycott the polls
November 17th, 2018 at 9:16 pm
Oikya Front not to boycott the polls

Dhaka – The opposition alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front, will not boycott the next parliamentary election under any circumstance, a senior leader of the political combine said on Saturday.

Kamal Hossain, the top leader of the alliance, said that the boycott of the previous 2014 election caused huge loss to the alliance.

The BNP and its right-wing allies in the newly formed Jatiya Oikya Front had been out of parliament for nearly five years as they boycotted the January 5, 2014 election, which was marred by violence.

The party led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia also announced tried to foil the election, but the then ruling coalition of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina managed to hold the election that also saw more than half of its lawmakers elected unopposed.

“We incurred a huge loss because of the boycott of the 2014 election,” Hossain, a former foreign minister and now the president of Gono Forum party, said while speaking at a lawyers’ rally in Dhaka.

Jatiya Ainjibi Oikya Front, a platform of pro-BNP lawyers, organised the rally on the Supreme Court Bar Association premises.

Hossain also called upon the supporters of alliance to guard the polling stations during the parliamentary election scheduled to be held on December 30.

“You should guard the polling centres instead of calling for boycotting the election,” he said adding that none could do anything if people are with us.

“We earned the independence of our country with huge sacrifices; it is not a simple matter. We cannot betray with the blood of our martyrs,” said Hossain.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who also addressed the rally, said a fair election by the current Election Commission is not possible.

He called upon the EC to ensure a level playing field for all political parties ahead of the upcoming election.