Nagarik Oikya observes one-minute silenceStaff Correspondent
Nagarik Oikya on Thursday observed one-minute silence in the country’s divisional cities demanding cancellation of the schedule for the ‘unilateral’ general election and end to ‘violence’ being created by the opposition parties in the name of movement.
As part of the programme, the party organised a discussion meeting on the premises of its central office at Segunbagicha where party leaders and activists observed one-minute silence at 12:00 noon.
Mahmudur Rahman Manna, the convener of Nagarik Oikya who chaired the meeting, said that it was a symbolic protest against the unilateral national elections slated for January 5 and a spate of political violence taking place in the country in the name of movement.
The people of the country were unhappy with the activities of the two major political parties — Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party and they were eagerly waiting to back a third political force, he claimed.
Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim showed solidarity with the organisers and said that the unilateral elections would not be acceptable to the people.
Terming the national elections scheduled for January 5 ‘farce’, he said that more than half of candidates had already been elected unopposed.
Urging the Awami League not to hold such unilateral elections, he said that the ruling party should take initiative to arrange the parliamentary polls with participation of all political parties.
Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Khalequzzaman said that democracy would be at stake if unilateral elections were held in the country.
He also urged the main opposition BNP to refrain from creating violence across the country in the name of movement.
Abdul Malek Ratan, general secretary of a Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction led by ASM Abdur Rob, said that voting rights of voters were suspended in the unilateral elections.
Bangladesh Jatiya Party faction general secretary Nazmul Haque and Gana Forum central leader Mostaque Ahmed also spoke at the meeting.
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