The Awami League (AL) led grand alliance will announce today its decision whether to participate in the next parliamentary elections under the circumstances, when the caretaker government is allegedly using the administration and law enforcement agencies against the alliance.
AL President Sheikh Hasina will announce the alliance's crucial decision at a joint press conference in the presence of top alliance leaders. Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, and other key leaders of the grand alliance will be present at Hasina's press briefing. AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil at a press briefing at the Dhanmondi AL office yesterday said President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed with directions from the BNP-Jamaat alliance is leading the current situation towards a direction that will force us to take any rigid stance. The AL top leaders yesterday discussed the latest political development with Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence.
Following declaration of Ershad's all five nomination papers invalid, the top leaders of the AL-led grand alliance began backtracking from their decision to contest the January 22 polls. Jalil said Ershad's nominations were cancelled without showing any proper grounds and following rules and regulations. At yesterday's press conference, Jalil alleged that leaders and activists of the AL-led grand alliance have been killed, arrested, tortured and harassed by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police across the country ahead of the elections. If the AL decides not to go to the polls, then they will make all-out efforts to resist any move to hold a "unilateral election," by mobilising the public.