The ruling 14-Party coalition led by the Awami League has complained about their rivals a day after the BNP and its Jatiya Oikya Front alliance lodged similar complaints at the Election Commission. The Oikya Front letter to the EC on Thursday contained 13 complaints, including the detention of leaders and activists, recruitment of polling officers with political leanings and closed-door meetings between the EC secretary and the prime minister’s principal secretary.
The BNP demanded withdrawal of the public administration and police officials with political leanings and an end to advertisements for potential candidates and the governments development activities in the media.
On Friday, a 14-Party coalition delegation headed by Samyobadi Dals Dilip Barua submitted an eight-point list of complaint to the EC.
They also held a meeting with Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam, EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed, and Additional Secretary Mokhlesur Rahman.
“The BNP and Oikya Fronts complaints are bizarre, flimsy and false,” Dilip told the media after the meeting.
He said the ruling coalition does not consider the Oiky Fronts demand for withdrawal of certain officials reasonable.
He alleged the Oikya Front brought the allegations only to put psychological pressure on the administration and law-enforcing agencies.
“They are doing this to execute their hidden agenda and destabilise the country,” he said.
The eight points of the ruling coalition include demand for action against the BNP for allowing its acting chief Tarique Rahman to join its nomination process via video calls from London since he is a fugitive convict.
The Awami League-led coalition also demanded action against the Oikya Front for asking its activists to guard the polling stations as “part of its plot to create a conflicting situation”.