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14-Party alliance: Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder should resign

  • Published at 01:21 am October 18th, 2018
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File photo of Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder

Awami League presidium member and 14-party Alliance spokesperson Mohammad Nasim said 'Commissioner Mahbub Talukder boycotted the EC meeting as he was not in agreement with the commission'

Ruling Awami League led 14-party Alliance has demanded the resignation of Election Commissioner (EC) Mahbub Talukder from his office.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim came up with the demand at a press conference after a 14-party meeting at Awami League president’s political office on Wednesday.

Awami League presidium member and 14-party Alliance spokesperson Mohammad Nasim said: "Commissioner Mahbub Talukder boycotted the EC meeting as he was not in agreement with the commission."

"He also talked to the media about confidential issues of the EC. It is an anti-constitutional act if someone talks about confidential matters while holding a constitutional post in the Election Commission. He should resign from his post."

The health minister also urged law enforcement agencies for bringing Zafrullah Chowdhury to book for his controversial remarks on Army chief, saying that Zafrullah’s comment is false and dishonest.

He said: “Zafrullah Chowdhury was associated to Bangabandhu's killers. He is trying to create division in Army through his comments. He is also trying to plot conspiracy against election and the state.”

He also said 14-party alliance will start its election campaign on October 23 after offering prayers at Hazrat Shahjalal (RA)’s shrine.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will decide about 14-party alliance expansion

Mohammad Nasim said before the election there is a possibility to expand the 14-party alliance or election-time grand alliance but Prime Minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina will take the final decision about expansion of the 14-party alliance.

Responding to a query, he said: “We cannot say anything about expansion of the alliance yet. If parties, believed in Liberation War spirits and wanted to join the alliance then Prime Minister will be the one to take the decision.”

The question of alliance expansion came about while former President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury’s Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh denied to ally with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front.

Earlier, on July 18, leaders of nine minor political parties expressed their interest to join with the Awami League-led grand alliance.

 The parties are Islami Front Bangladesh, Trinamool BNP, Krishak Sramik Party, Bangladesh Sammilita Islami Jote, National Democratic Alliance, Ganatantrik Andolan, Jago Dal, Ekamot Andolon, and Ganatantrik Jote.

Out of these parties, only Islamic Front Bangladesh is registered with the Election Commission.