Future of politics for religion-based parties in Bangladesh August 3, 2010Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, POLITICS.
The Appellate division of Supreme Court has given the verdict on the fifth amendment of the constitution and the country is reverting back to the 1972 constitution.
The law Minister declared that the religion based politics will be banned in the country and there will be no scope for Jamaat-e-Islami and other religious parties to continue politics in our country.
Though some experts differ with the conclusion of the minister, it seems that Government is advancing legally and politically to eliminate Jamaat-e- Islami and other religion based parties in Bangladesh.
In many countries, under the secular constitution, religion based parties are allowed to propagate their principles and compete in the election to judge their popularity. In India, a communal party like BJP is active in politics and once came to power but couldn’t sustain more than a term. Actually the religious-based parties are nowhere popular in the world. There are also many Christian named parties in Europe and in other continents.
A little controversy arises who will ban the religious politics. Law Minister recently said that it is the responsibility of the Election Commission to ban the religious parties. The Chief Election Commissioner said that it is not their responsibility. Whoever take the responsibility, the religious parties may be banned in Bangladesh.
But the ordinary citizen is worried about the consequence of the banning of their politics. What will they do then? Will they stop doing politics and be the good citizens of the country? or they will change their banner and adopt secular politics ? or infiltrate into the other political organizations for good or bad reasons? or will they adopt militancy to destabilize the country and achieve their goals?
When the blogger is writing this post, PM Sk. Hasina in a cabinet meeting expressed that Government will not ban the religious parties as this will encourage the parties to go underground and destabilize the country.
The Government thinks that it is the responsibility of the Election Commission to give registration to a political party if it conforms to the regulations of the commission.
An ordinary citizen
5th August 2010
Daily Star in its editorial praises PM for her sense of realism.