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He said their party also thinks the current dialogue is not conducive in protecting the dignity of the president.

Rob said the dialogue should be held on the process of formation of a 'national government', not on the EC, for arranging a neutral election and establishing the rule of law in the country.

As the present government does not represent the spirit and determination of the constitution, he said, it has started filing new cases against the leaders and activists who are on a movement demanding a free and fair election and arresting them again in old cases. "So, the formation of the EC alone is not a guarantee for a neutral election."

JSD (Rob) was scheduled to join talks with president Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Monday.

Rob alleged, "The president, the government and the EC are involved in the violation of the constitution in the question of election. Those who violated the constitution should apologise to the nation."

He alleged that the current EC has betrayed the nation by destroying the electoral system with its biased role. The JSD president said 42 noted citizens of the country wrote a letter to the president seeking removal of the current EC. "But the president did not take any action."

He said their party believes that a neutral election is not possible in the country under a partisan government. "So, a guarantee for a free, fair and impartial election is now crucial. To this end, we have already presented the proposals of the national government."

President Abdul Hamid began talks with registered political parties over the formation of the new EC on 20 December. The President has already invited 28 parties to join the talks at Bangabhaban.

Earlier, BNP, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Islami Andolon Bangladesh and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) decided not to join the talks. The tenure of the current EC, led by KM Nurul Huda, is to expire on 14 February next year.

As per the constitution, a new commission must be formed before the expiry of the present EC.

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