CPB-BSD team meets Khaleda, want inclusive polls

Staff Correspondent

A delegation of the Communist Party of Bangladesh and Socialist Party of Bangladesh
met with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Wednesday and called for finding a way out of the present political crisis on the basis of any for mula for holding an inclusive general election.
The two left parties urged the BNP chief to leave the company of Jamaat-e-Islami, a major component of the opposition 18-party alliance.
After about one and half hours of meeting, CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim at a news briefing Wednesday night said that the anti-liberation and militant forces were a major threat for the nation.
He said the political forces claiming themselves to be patriots should unite to free
the country from the threats of the evil forces. He said no patriotic forces should make entente with militant and communal forces.
Unfortunately, he said, Awami League had tried to woo Jamaat to corner BNP while BNP formed an alliance with Jamaat to use it against the AL.
Selim said they had urged the BNP chief to sever ties with Jamaat which would be ‘good for BNP and the country’. He said they had also spoken in favour of banning the Jamaat.
Asked about the BNP’s response to the request, the CPB president said they did not make any comments over it.
Selim said the crisis over an election-time government was deepening and the question facing the nation was how to overcome the uncertainty over democratic and constitutional continuation.
He said a free, fair and acceptable election with participation of all democratic political parties was the only way out of the crisis which would deepen if polls were held without participation of all political parties.
Asked whether they would join the elections under a partisan government, Selim said they wanted an inclusive election. He said they would take a decision after watching the situation.
In reply to a question, Selim said they would not form an alliance either with Awami League or BNP even if the latter severed ties with Jamaat. CPB and BSD were trying to launch an alternative alliance, he added.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the
discussion was held in a cordial atmosphere. During the meeting the CPB and BSD expressed their concern over the present political situation and suggested that the crisis should be resolved through discussion and consensus among all political parties.
The 14-member delegation of CPB and BSD took part in the meeting with
Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office.

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