Leftist parties form new Left Democratic Alliance as general election nears

Eight leftist parties, including the Communist Party of Bangladesh or CPB, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal or BaSaD and Ganasanghati Andolan, have floated a new alliance with an eye on the parliamentary elections.

Staff Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 18 July 2018, 07:19 PM
Updated : 18 July 2018, 07:19 PM

They announced the ‘Bam Ganatantrik Jote’ or Left Democratic Alliance at the CPB headquarters Mukti Bhaban in Dhaka’s Purana Paltan on Wednesday.

Saiful Haque, the general secretary of the Biplobi Workers Party or Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh (RWPB), has been tasked with coordinating among the parties in the new alliance.

The other parties in the new bloc are the BaSaD (Marxist), the United Communist League of Bangladesh, Ganatantrik Biplobi Party and Samajtantrik Andolan.

CPB President Mujahidul Islam said they would try to garner support of the voters.

“But it’s not an election alliance. Elections are a part of our overall movement,” he said.

“We can contest in elections for the sake of the movement, or we can boycott as well,” said Selim, whose party stayed away from the 2014 general election.

The next election is scheduled by the end of this year.

Rashed Khan Menon’s Workers Party of Bangladesh and some other leftist parties joined the ruling Awami League-led coalition as the left democratic alliance formed two decades ago like that in West Bengal started to split.

The parties that joined the ‘fascist’ ruling coalition would not be called into the new alliance, Selim said.

“Our fight is against them, too,” he said.

Saiful, who is a leader of the breakaway party of Menon’s Workers Party now, announced a series of programmes as the coordinator of the new alliance.

They will organise rallies across Bangladesh against the ‘misrule and corruption’ on July 24, discussion on ways to ensure citizens’ right to vote on Aug 4, and rallies and processions in six main cities on Aug 10 and 11.

BaSaD General Secretary Khalequzzaman, CPB General Secretary Shah Alam, Ganasanghati Andolan Chief Coordinator Zonayed Saki, RWPB General Secretary Moshrefa Mishu, BaSaD (Marxist) leader Shuvranshu Chakraborty , United Communist League General Secrtary Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, and Samajtantrik Andolan Convenor Hamidul Haque were also present.

Saiful said the alliance’s central council will be formed with two members from each of the parties.

One from each party will take turns to act as the coordinator for three months, he added.

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