Representatives of the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh are expected to demand, at today’s (September 28) rally in Dhaka, stern legal action against at least 40 sitting and likely candidates of the Awami League alleged to have committed atrocities against them, before the country goes to the polls in December this year.
Speaking to the South Asian Monitor, a source in the Bangladesh Hindu, Buddhist & Christian Unity Council (BHBCUC), the organisers of the gathering, said that speakers at the rally will also urge the ruling Awami League to nominate no less than 30 candidates from the minority community, for the forthcoming elections to the Jatiya Sangsad (National Assembly).
The South Asian Monitor had earlier reported that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was working overtime with the Hindu leadership in Bangladesh to push for greater nomination of candidates from the minority community.
Over the past few months, RSS functionaries from India have held a number of meetings with Bangladesh’s Hindu leadership in Dhaka and worked with them to press for the demand for greater nomination of potential candidates from among themselves.
The South Asian Monitor had reported that the Awami League may not accede to the Hindus’ demand for 30 candidates and a more realistic figure would be around 20-22. A number of sitting Hindu Members of Parliament may not get Awami League ticket since there are grave allegations of corruption against them.