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Why AL is against Upazilla election though there is chance of winning? August 22, 2008

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, ELECTION, GOVERNANCE, POLITICS.
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Both the election commission and the government are willing to hold the upazilla election in October 2008 before the national election.
But major political parties -AL and BNP are against the October elections. Their leaders in different forums repeatedly voiced their concern against the election and said that they will in no way participate in the upazilla election and if needed they threatened to launch movement against the government.

But the government seems to pay little heed to the demand of the AL and BNP. Government is already started to transfer the government officials at the district and upazilla level on the request of election commission. The move is a part of preparation of holding upazilla election.
In a reply to the query of the journalists, the LGRD adviser said that people and party leaders at the grassroots level expressed their willingness to have the upazilla election in October under this government. So, government will respond to their appeal.

But though AL made sweeping victory in the in the last August city corporation and municipalities election,why it is against the upazilla election? There is no loss in winning and the state of BNP is still so much disorganized that they would hardly in a position to compete with AL. They will be in trouble if fixing their their strategy in the same way as that of last August election. Jamaat-e-Islami, their closest associate, y will pull them back to stay out of upazilla election as before. In this context, I though by myself , what could be reasons for AL not participating in the upazilla election??

One reason is to be clear, it is AL central leaders, not the grassroots level leaders and workers, who are against the upazilla elections. As the media always resounds the words and phrases of the top leaders, it seams that AL as a party is against the election. But why the top leaders are against where the workers and local leaders are in favour? The reason may be that the leaders in the center may loss their hold on upazillas physically and financially once upazilla chairmans are elected on popular vote. The Top leaders will be left out only to be members of parliament who will have authority only on law-making and no executive power in the locality.

Though the leaders are not liking the idea, but common people and many party activists prefer the change in the situation so far practiced.

An ordinary citizen

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