Sir, The above named article written by Talha Ahad, (published 31 January) is a very biased and one-sided account of democracy in Bangladesh. Many candidates were elected uncontested as BNP unreasonably boycotted elections and another party withdrew at the last moment. If the other parties do not participate then there is bound to be walkover. The low turnout happened due to boycott and attacks and fear of attacks. Many voters and election officials were injured and even killed by the opponents of the elections.
The BNP does not have a good reason not to trust an elections held by the ruling Awami League still holding the power. Recently, all the mayor elections were won by the BNP candidates under the authority of the Awami League Government. Neutral Caretaker Government system is not an universal system. In the UK, US and most of the democratic countries the sitting Head of the Government does not resign before elections.
The writer exhorts the UK Government and other international Agencies to punish Bangladesh Government. It is a part of conspiracy by the people who lost during the freedom war in 1971.