The United States and the United Kingdom expressed their disappointment over the grand alliance's decision to boycott the January 22 polls.
The United States said the decision to boycott elections by Awami League and its allies is an apparent reversal of their previous commitment to participate in the election and urged them to reconsider their decision. A spokesman for the US embassy also called for avoiding violence and refraining from activities that may disrupt the elections.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for India’s External Affairs Ministry said the election machinery in Bangladesh needs to inspire confidence in neutrality in the minds of the electorate. New Delhi hopes that the people of Bangladesh would be able to elect a government of their "own choice in a free, fair, credible and democratic" election.
The British High Commission also expressed disappointment at the decision to boycott the elections by Awami League-led alliance but expressed hope that a way could be found for participation of all parties in the polls.
Matiur Rahman Choudhury has the details.