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‘Understanding’ the ‘strategies’ of the present political forces in Bangladesh May 17, 2008

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, CORRUPTION, ELECTION, GOVERNANCE, JUDICIARY, POLITICS.
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The political parties didn’t respond to the address of the Chief Adviser(CA) of the caretaker Government(CTG) Dr. Fakhruddin Ali A as was expected by the people and the intelligentsia. It is become difficult for the ordinary citizen to understand the inner thinking of the political leaders by his limited information and knowledge.

What he is seeing is that the major political parties AL and BNP are insisting on the release of their prime leaders Shieik Hasina and Khaleda Zia. They are saying that they will not attend the election or even the political dialogue offered by the govt. if the two leaders are not released and allowed to participate in the dialogue. They reiterated that they will participate in the election only in the presence of their leaders.

Interestingly ‘reformist’ of both the major parties are equally vocal for the release of their leaders.The smaller parties JP, PDP, WP etc are not against the participation. But Workers Party is more vocal for trail of the war criminals and banning of religion bases parties from the election. Position of Jamat-e-Islami is not clear but it is tuning itself more with the major parties not to join in the election without the two top leaders.

Obviously one has to ponder – what is the strategies of the political forces of Bangladesh.

To the ordinary citizen, it seems that the major political parties are not interested in the reform of the present political system or upliftment of present state of democracy. They are more interested to adhere to the past, to keep their leaders free, no charge for corruption and no penalty of the misappropriation of state money. They are not interested to give the judiciary to judge their leaders.They want to keep themselves and their leaders above the law.

The government, though, not a party, is a political force. As this present government came on the background of the 1/11 declaring to hold a free fair election in a corruption free state. The government make the task for itself complex with its campaign against corruption and arresting the leaders of major political parties.

The government shall try to attain its objective and will try the corrupt leaders and those who will get punishment will automatically be left out of election. It is expected that 150 to 200 leaders will be ousted from competing the election by this process. Many more may be pushed to the sideline by the Truth Commission, if it is make effective. For major political parties, there will be two options to follow -one to boycott the election, the other to participate in the election whatever strength they would have then.The ultimate decision will depend on the political situation in the coming months.

If the political parties calculate and find that it will impossible to alter the government agenda, they will participate in the election. One may think that that will be good for the country and for the major parties. In the election, either a major political party or more likely multiple party with no one getting absolute majority will be the ultimate result.The present government will favour the second option.Then it will be easy for them to ensure the continuation of the reforms.

The present government, I think, will also hold the local government elections by October 2008 before the national election despite the opposition of the political parties. Why the political parties accept the local body elections when the power of the politicians would be curtailed by the process?

The Government may also complete the formation of the ‘National Security Council’ once they finalize the composition and they feel the time is ripe for the formation. It will give added security to the deeds they have done in their tenure.

The CA’s address also contain an appeal for developing a national charter. The charter will contain elements which will strengthen the objective of the CTG.

If the course does not progress as it is designed, the ordinary citizen speculate that a present form of government will be changed and a changed government with a different composition will be imposed in the country whether the political parties or the people like it or not.

The period of honeymoon of the CTG with the political parties is over long before. It is understood that the Government will resort to a tough and tactful policy to attain its objectives. But will the Government succeed?

An ordinary citizen

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