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Meetings & Processions held breaking Rule 144 throughout the country October 26, 2013

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Meetings and processions have taken place in different places despite rule 144 imposed by the Home Ministry.  Clashes have occurred between police, BGB and RAB with the opposition activists. Pro-government political workers at places participated along with the law enforcing agencies in clashes. So far, 7 persons have been killed, hundreds injured and dozens arrested  in the violence.


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A Judge and an opinion August 4, 2013

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A judge -1Judges in Bangladesh are performing very important roles in the political process in Bangladesh. Chief Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury became President in January 24 1972 after liberation of Bangladesh. Chief Justice Sayem ascended in November 6 1975 to the presidency of Bangladesh after the death of Bangabandhu Sk Mujibur Rahman in August 1975. (more…)

Opinion Survey on Current National Issues May 12, 2013

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Prothom Alo, a leading Bangladesh national daily reported a opinion survey conducted by … .
The survey found that 90% of the people support caretaker government to conduct the next general election .

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Bangladesh at a Crossroads March 21, 2013

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bangladesh-6BNP, the largest opposition took a hard stand against the government and stood by Jamaat to call hartal on the streets. Jamaat-e-Islami is fighting for the cancellation of the war crime tribunal and release of their leaders. BNP is trying to press the government to agree for a caretaker government for holding a neutral general election which is due to be held by the end of this year. But the government is also non-compromising in its stand. They are hard on the the war crime trial and also determined to declare verdicts on half a dozen cases before election. Government is also not in mood to accept CTG as an interim way to hold the general election for transition of power. (more…)

Judgement on Caretaker Government and Crisis in Politics September 18, 2012

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Ex-Supreme Court Chief Justice revealed his full judgement after 16 months of disclosing initial report on the caretaker government. The judgement expressed explicitly against caretaker government.

To come to the judgement, the Supreme Court also taken the opinion of 11 Emirates Curie, 10 of whom advised for the continuation of caretaker government. The High Court also in its judges supported the caretaker government. 4 of the 7 judges were in favour and 3 against the verdict.

The experts and lawyers are expressing their mixed reaction to the judgment. A major complain against the judgment that supreme court tried to solve a political issue in the court. The other complain is that the ex-CJ served the purpose of a political government. A citizen in TV complained that the verdict will divide the nation. An opposition leader predicted the CJ will be condemned in the coming history for the act.

The opposition is pressing for next elections under caretaker government. They straight forward rejected the judgment and announce protest against the judgement. They declared that the election will occur only under caretaker government, they will resist any attempt of election under the political government.

To general public, the general election is a very important event. The people of Bangladesh are politically very conscious people. To cast their their vote freely and fairly is very important. They know that they get only a single chance to reshape their fate after every five years.

They are supposed not to accept any attempt from any quarter that will bleak their chance of free choice.

An ordinary citizen

Dhaka Divide : Question of Referendum December 6, 2011

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Syed Ashraful Islam, Acting General Secretary of AL challanges BNP to assess their popularity/ to justify their demand not to divide Dhaka by contesting in the coming city corporations elections of Dhaka.

Government is willing to hold the Dhaka city corporations election within next three months. But Election Commision officials said that it will not poosible on their part to hold the city corporation elections in that time period. Moreover, the tenure of the present officials will be ended by February, 2012 . They could at best declare the schedule and the next EC may hold the election. But they now are preferring the Next Election Commission to take the responsibility. The election become more uncertain at this transitional period as the acceptability of next election commission is yet uncertain . The name and the nature of selection is yet not declared by the government.

To the challange of Syed Ashraf, Mr.Fakhrul Islam, Acting General Secretary of BNP demands ‘Referendum’ on the issue of Dhaka divide. 

 But there is no provision of referendum in Bangladesh Constitution. It would have better if the provision would be there as in that case the people could express their opinion in critical national issues.

The ordinary citizen is a little confused why people’s choice is not there for national issues in our constitution. Is it that it was not there in our first constitution and was not thought of by the authors of the first constitution and the Father of the nation? Or is it that the provision was cancelled in a later amendment?

Many of the countries have utilized this provision in their national crisis. Very recently Greece has taken referendum on the issue on remaining in the Eurozone and they are trying to overcome their economic crisis in a collective way.

Bangladesh is facing two important national issues where referendum could be a way out to end the political stalemate, one is Dhaka Divide and the other is Caretaker Government.

Now a time has come, when people don’t like to left aside from the national issues and they want to actively participate in forming the decisions that are extremely important in shaping the future of their lives and of their country.

AL with their absolute majority in the parliament is making many amendments to their benefit, but can’t they amend the constitution to make provision of referendum to ensure people’s participation in national issues other than the general election. People would remember them for ever.

An ordinary citizen

Caretaker Issue – is AL government uncertain about it’s win in the next election ? July 4, 2011

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The isssue that was once settled in 1996 , came to the limelight when supreme court in it’s part judgement declared the careteker government illegal. The judgment found BNP off-footed and gave the opportunity for the government to create political and psychological pressure on the opposition.

BNP reacted immediately and declared the protest They first declared a one day hartal, then they declared two days’ hartal. The people predict a confrontational days for the political parties and uncertain future for the country.

But the caretaker issue was a settled issue. It was accepted by the political parties and the people after AL rejected the february, 1996 election result and organised continuous agitation and the state governace came to a standstill.AL and its the then allies including JI proposed to hold the elction under the caretakertt government.

Since then, 3 consequative elctions was held under the caretaker government. The first and third was won by AL and the second by BNP. BNP also won the democratic elelction of 1990 after the fall of Ershad autocratic regime.

So, since 1990 , the honour to govern the country was equally shared by both the political parties,over the last 20 years. The CG system proved to be more neutral, more acceptable, more suitable for Bangladesh. Election under a political government in no way be acceptable to the people,it was rejected in the past.

Our political goverments also tried to corrupt the CG system. As the immediate past chief justice becomes the chief adviser of the caretaker government, the different poltical governents tries to promote the judges in such a way as to make the judge of their choice as the Chief Adviser of the CG.It is not only weakeng the system but also polluting the judiacy by politicization of the bureaucracy.

Nevertheless, the Caretaker system should be continued. A ractification in the appointment of the CA should be made. A competent neutral person may be choosen on the basis of consensus of the political parties to head the government in the interim period.

AL must have confidence on themselves. They have been elected twice through the caretaker system and have the potentiality to win the next election. But they will have to show the courage and confidence on themselves first.

An ordinary citizen

Caretaker Government:180 degree turn of parliamentary subcommittee June 4, 2011

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Parliamentary subcommittee co-chaired by Advocate Suranjit Sen Gupta was seriously discussing, apparently it was looking like that, the issue of the caretaker government -its form, tenure and who should head the CG etc. They started with a big bag in the media- invited the opposition leader, selective BNP law makers, PM, government lawmakers and the constitutional experts.
After days of dilemma none from the opposition participated in the dialogue. But tle leading jurists of the country including Barrister Rafiqul Hoque, Barrister Aminul Islam, Barrister Jahir put theiir suggestions to the subcommittee. All of them except Barrister Jahir have expressed their opinion in favour of continuing the caretaker government considering the political complexity of Bangladesh where no election under any government other than the caretaker would be acceptable by the people.

The vocal co-chairman of the committee asserted many a times that the caretaker government should be continued and they will proposed for it’s continuity with some modifications.

While the people were waiting to see the modifications in the offing, the committee met with PM in her office in the parliament. She opined that as the CG is declared illegal by the supreme court, there is no scope to keep the CG system in the country.
Just following the meeting, the tone of members of the committee changed. They started to comment against the caretaker government system as if they were ardent opponent of CG from long before. Only the co-chairman maintained the reserve and said that the issue is still open and the final decision will be made in the parliament. But we didn’t heard anything from the chairman of the committee over the past few weeks through out the dialogue.

BNP reacted sharply to the declation of PM and delared hartal on 5th June 2011 and a period political uncertainty starts with this.

An ordinary citizen

An Experiment on Civil-Military Fusion of Government and the exit of General Moeen U Ahmed July 5, 2009

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Incidents before 1/11 in 2006 in Bangladesh created an envorement for the military to come into the political scenario of Bangladesh. On the day, as stated, 3 chiefs of Army, Navy and Airforce met with the President and persued him to dissolve the First Caretaker Government and to form a second one at the same stretch headed by Dr. Fakruddin Ali Ahmed. The second Caretaker Government stayed almost two years in power on the plea to complete a fair voter list and to organise a free and fair general election.

Focusing on the the philosophy of the new Government, Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on his visit to UN in a speech i the General Assembly on 27th September, 2007 said, ‘‘Bangladesh represents an effective model of civil-military cooperation in crisis prevention.’ He also said, ‘our experience in crisis management could be relevant for many crisis torn,nascent democracies’.

After the completion of 2 years in office and after retirement of the General Moeen U Ahmed who masterminded the coup in disguise, it is time to review the success of the declaration of that experiment.

It seems that the Caretaker Government immediately after 1/11 created optimism among the common people by nulifying the controversial election of 22nd January of 2007 and creating hopes of a corruption free Bangladesh.

But the steps they had taken thereafter against the politicians and political parties were in excess, non-pragmatic and biased. At times, it seems that the Caretaker Government had some objectives beyond thier declared ones.

They also took up more agandas than they could handle. Only in their second year after the resuffle of the cabinet that they came to the sense that their prime duty was to arrange a fair and free election.

The only recongnised work they have done is the completion of almost perfect Voter list of the country. But many will not accept the time taken for the voter list to justify their staying for long two years.

Most of the legal experts termed the overstaying of the Caretaker government as unconstitutional. The then Government also didn’t seek any verdict from the Supreme Court on the controversy.

Among other things, the Caretaker Government also tried to make the constiutional bodies independent and competent. Throughout their tenure they have made more than 100 ordinances but very few of them are retified by the present elected Government through the parliament.

Through enevitability of the elelction and formation of the parliament, it is now proved that it the elected government that is all constitutional and legal and the other form of government is only acceptable as far as it is defined in the constitution.

We, the common people, only accepting the existance of the Caretaker Government as an unavoidable necessity in the political history of Bangladesh but that dosen’t in any way justify the success of Civil-Military fusion of Government and no country in the world should take the instance as worthy to follow.

To the eye of the ordinary citizen/s, 1/11 will remain more as a failure of the politicians of Bangladesh than success of anything else.

And the transition to democracy through the election of 29/12/08 will be looked upon as a success of the power of people of Bangladesh and their urge for democracy that no other power of the country dared to deny.

General Moeen U Ahmed has been retired and to me, probably, he has attemted a job more than his calibre, only he was rescued to an honourable end to him and to the country by his good friends on the civil end of the administration.

Here, I, as an ordinary citizen, like to deeply acknowledge the contribution of Adviser of the Caretaker Government Dr. Hussian Zillur Rahman and his team who sincerely facilitated the transition of the country to democray through their sincere and relentless effort.

An ordinary citizen

The new government and upazilla election January 19, 2009

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Upazilla election was always a matter of controversy over the last two years after the Election Commission expressed it’s willingness to hold the upazilla election to strengthen the local government. Major political parties were against holding of Upazilla election under the CTG.
But both AL and BNP failed to hold the Upazilla election during their tenures from 1991 though they were commited to hold the election in their election manifestos.

People in general perceived the upazilla election as their empowerment and they responded positively when idea of the upazilla election was floated.

EC once declared to hold the upzilla election in October 2008,but due to pressure from the political parties to shift it beyond the general election date, the upazilla election is then scheduled to 28th December 2008 with general election date on 18th December 2008.Though AL accepted the dates, BNP with its allies opposed the idea. It raised demand to shift the date of elections for 2 to 3 months more.

After hectic negotiations with the conflicting parties, Dr. Hussain Zillur Rahman and his team from the Advisory Council ultimately convinced the parties to participate in the elections. Accordingly, EC declared the general election on 29th December 2008 and upazilla election on 22nd January 2009.

Nation initially concentrated on the parliamentary election of 29th December 2008 and people then were not sure about the upazilla election.

In the general election, AL got the landslide victory. Few people thought that CTG may delay handing over the charge to the elected government and may wish to complete the upazilla election under their control.
But they handed over the charge.

People have seen that AL-led new political government has allowed processes of the upazilla election to be continued under the old leaders of the Election Commission.

It is one of the positive steps that new government has taken so far. It has scored high not postponing the upazilla election and not intefering it. If upazilla electionis held on 22nd January free and fair and if the Election Commission can exert its control over the election completely independent, it will not only boost the image of the government but also of the nation.

An ordinary citizen

Silent Exit of the Caretaker Govt in Bangladesh January 14, 2009

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The caretaker government has completed its tenure of 2 years after holding the general election on 29th December 2009 and taking of the oath by the ministers of the new government.
But the exit of the caretaker government was silent and the farewell was non-ceremonial.
We have seen the advisers had thier farewell meeting in their respective ministries in small scale and the advisers meet together to present bouquet to the Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed and had a last talk together in the office of the Chief Adviser.
The exit of the caretaker government was virtually overshadowed by the vibrant beginning of the new politcal government.

There was not much discussion on the exit of the CTG in the media.

But the way of exit of the caretaker government was always a concern for the advisers and also for citizens and politicians.

The strategy of the caretaker government was also moulded to a safe exit of the government in the second year. The initial all aggressive military approach of the CTG was changed to more diplomatic civilian appraoch of the government. An Adviser of the Government in the 2nd year should be appreciated for his cool and calculative negotiating ability, Dr. Hussain Zillur Rahman,
who was ably supported by his ather collegues of the Advisory Council. He proves the skeptic wrong about his ability one of whom is Professor Anwer Hossain, the General Secretary of DUTA who had to be in Jail accused in connection of the university violence in 2007 who in his memoir told that HJR would be the worst selection as an adviser.

The exit was silent, but is it safe? Question of safety also discussed among the public and politicians alike. Many politicians and talk show ‘experts’ raised the question and always kept CTG on alert.The win of AL is a response of the public which may ensure the honor and safety of the advisors, atleast for the time being.

An ordinary citizen

Election manifestos,pledges and practice December 16, 2008

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The political parties unveiled their manifestos. It all started with SK. Hasina, declaring AL manifesto on 12th in this month in Hotel Sheraton in the presence of party leaders, foreign dignitaries, journalists and many other invitees and live on the TV channels. On the following date, Khaleda Zia also declared her party’s manifesto in the same pompous way and with a little longer time.

Both the manifestos projected the 5 year agenda of their individual parties and AL goes beyond and project their vision of 2021, the year when Bangladesh will be turn into 50. I like the idea. One of the reasons of our being poor and underdeveloped is the lack of vision of our leaders.This vision 2021 give give us an idea to look forward.

The smaller parties Like JP, JI, WP, CP and a new alliance of Dr. Kamal Hussain, B Chowdhury and Ferdous Ahmed Quraishi also declared their manifestos.

Declaring the manifestos at the beginning of the election campaign give the election a good colour.

The parties make great promises in their manifestos many of which they mentioned in their earlier election manifestos but didn’t fulfill though both the major parties got the opportunity to run the country in the past decades.One example is separation of judiciary.It is the present caretaker government who completed the initiative taken by another caretaker government. Another example is strengthening the local government. In the last 15 years, no government kept their promises. The present Election Commission declared the schedule for the upazilla election- a pillar of the local government amid strong opposition from both the major alliances. We are still not sure whether the present government could complete the task after the general election.

People are also skeptic about the pledges the parties are making. They are looking back over the past years, into the record of the parties ,of the past governments, into the character and commitment of the individual candidates.

Will the party be the single dominant factor? Not necessarily. People will also look into the individuals. One of lessons people integrated in themselves over the years is to look beyond the surface & into the skeleton of parties and the candidates.

In this election, people will compare the pledges and practice of the parties and the candidates.

An ordinary citizen

Where lies the weakness of the caretaker government? October 12, 2008

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With the change in the political scenario in Bangladesh and government becoming more lenient towards corruption and corrupted politicians and giving more importance towards an election with the participation of politicians of all feathers, many people become frustrated. They questioned the objectives of the caretaker government and many concluded that the government is to some extent already a failure.

The ordinary citizen also ponders over the situation and tries and still trying to understand the underlying cause of the shift of the political situation in Bangladesh.

He assessed that the expectation of the people was too high to the caretaker government after 1/11. There is little to blame the common people. The expectation was actually created by the caretaker government itself and their sponsors by their projections of their objectives and their initial steps.

But the changed scenario actually exposes the inner weakness of the caretaker government. The caretaker government is virtually a group of heterogeneous people, who are not bounded by the common ideology and where the the attitudes and ideas develop differently and their approach to solve a problem also differ (compare Barrister Moinul & Hussain Zillur Rahman) in the same tenure of the government.

Some may cite the support of the military for the caretaker government. The Chief Adviser of the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh in his speech in UN in September 2007 cited Bangladesh is a country of civil-military cooperation in the governance which may be an example to be followed by the developing countries.

But it is found the role of the military was more indirect, from distant and was not uniform in this fusion. People could feel the presence of the military but could not held them responsible for the failure of the government if any.The indirect relation of the military gives the government more acceptability but less strength and as the days are coming to the end for the caretaker government, the shadow of the military is more fading.

So, the caretaker government by its nature proves to be a weak government which is not empowered by the constitution to do any major changes other than holding a free and fair election.

At the end of its declared tenure, let us hope that atleast a free and fair election the nation would be able to see.

An ordinary citizen

Post script:

The caretaker government is also thinking of safe exit. The compromise in its strategy may be a way to find more acceptability to the political parties and to avoid the repurcation which might fall on them if the next elected government remain displeased with the way the caretaker government behave with the political parties.

The approach of this civil-military government fusion initially was more military in nature, but at the end it is more civil in character.

The time proves that it would have been better if the government be more civil from the beginning. It would take less time for them to hold an election free and fair then.

Some may argue that though the effort to try the corrupts nosedived, the CTG has made reforms in many constitutional bodies and the election commission has made a voter list with national ID card with the help of military which is a historical achievment for Bangladesh. The constituional reforms would have no value if the next parliament does not endorse them, that means that the CTG has no constitutional right to make all these reforms and taking 2 years to make an electronic database of the voters as the only reason to lenghen the tenure of the CTG would not be acceptable to people. Regarding the separation of judiciary, people have profound doubt about its independence and efficiency.

The other agenda of the goverment to make a change in the political culture of the political parties also couldn’t progress. The attempt is still going on by the election commission to introduce registration of the political parties and PRO, the credit if it succeed against the opposition from BNP and JI will go to the EC. Government would get the credit if it could make the parties to come to consensus in relation some political behaviour after the election. So far government could make little progress though they are trying to make the two top leaders of AL and BNP to sit together for dialogue.

Chief Adviser declared the general election in Bangladesh September 21, 2008

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Chief Adviser of the Caretaker Government in Bangladesh declared the date of the parlimentary election in a televised address to be held on 18th December 2008. He at the same time declared the upazilla election dates to be held on 24th and 28th December 2008. The declaration was made as proposed by the Election Commission.

With the declaration of the date, CA has advanced along the roadmap to fulfil their committment to hold a general election by December 2008.

People has speculation about the upazilla election as how the EC accomodate their stand to hold the upazilla in the face of continued opposition of the political parties not to hold upazilla election before the general election. Initially EC had the intention to hold the Upazilla election in October but now they have shifted the date to honour the intention of the major poltical parties not to hold upazilla election before the general election. Major political parties urged earlier to hold the upazilla election along with or after the general election.

CA in his speech expressed the hope that all will cooperate to hold a free and fair election and through this elections Bangladesh will able to emerge on stronger democratic base.

An ordinary citizen

Address of the chief adviser [DS] [PA]
News on address[DS][PA]

Bangladesh politics takes an abrupt turn September 12, 2008

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Khaleda Zia has been released as was earlier announced by an adviser. Thousands of people waited outside the subjail to receive her, she then gone to BSMMU to see her son Tarek Zia in ailing bed in the hospital, thousands of people also flocked there. From there she went to the Ziaur Rahman Mazar where party leaders were waiting including her confident comrade Delwar Hussain. But no pro-reform leaders were seen in the gathering. Then in a press conference she declared that BNP will participate in the election and the dialogue. She also declared that Tareq Zia will go out for treatment, he is releived of his party post of Senior Joint General Secretary and will remain away from politics for atleast three years.

AL president Hasina is already out of jail on parole more than a month back. Abdul Jalil, who has come back from abroad after treatment and his parole has been extended, declared that he is the General Secretary
of AL and demanded the unconditional release of Hasina from all cases.

Hussain Zillur Rahman, spokesman of and adviser to the caretaker government said that they will make the two leaders to sit together to discuss the issues relating to overcoming the difficulties in democracy.

One may genuinely ask if this the end scene of the two years of regime of the caretaker government, then why this waiting for long 2 years?

An ordinary citizen

Post Script:
Observations on the political turn-
‘Is the flame out’-Abul Momen, Columnist [PA]
‘From arrest hike to release hike’ – ABM Musa, Senior Journalist [PA]
What really happened Part -II -Rumi Ahmed in his blog ‘In the middle of nowhere’[…]

Jail, bail and thereafter September 7, 2008

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Sudden rush of bails of accused political leaders caught the people offhanded and raises questions in the mind of the common people and the citizens regarding the underlying cause of the move.

Is it a compromise on the part of the government with the political parties?
Is it the weakness of the cases themselves which led to the release of the accused on bail by the High Court?
Is it the end of the campaign against corruption?
Is there any major change at the level of the sponsors who backed this caretaker government?
Is there any change in the policy level which shifted the strategy?
Or are patronizers of the corruptions penetrated into the rank of strategists?
or simply the Caretaker Government is making a safe way out for themselves?
What will happen thereafter? A smooth transition? A turmoil election? Return of the old faces?

To get the answer of these quarries is beyond the apprehension of the ordinary citizen. He searched through the writings and speeches of the experts and try to understand the inner meaning of the situation:

Professor Zillur Rahman, Ex-VC of Jahangir Nagar University writes in Prothom Alo ‘ When bail become easy’[PA]
Muhammad Nurul Huda writes ‘Return to democracy and premonitions'[DS]
Professor Asif Nazrul of Department of Law of DU writes in his regular coulumn ‘The Compromise that is most necessary’[PA]
Prothom Alo editorial hopes for the legal procedure will continue perfectly despite bail’ [PA]

The ordinary citizen doesn’t yet get the answer.

An ordinary citizen

Post script:

Dr. Kamal Hussain has given an interview to the Daily Star saying, ‘for free and fair election, you must uphold the constitution and the law.’

Caretaker Government of Bangladesh mixes up the priorities September 4, 2008


After 1/11, the new caretaker government fixed its objectives of holding a free fair election, to make the country free of corruption and to make a quality change in the politics and political parties.The stalwarts of the government time and again retaliated its objectives in press, in different national and international forums and in addresses to the nation.

But it seems that the government has compromised with its declared objectives and changed its priotoies.

An Adviser to the government is stating that the government wants to ensure the participation of all and he is feeling comfort that they are progressing to their target with ‘confidence’. People are observing  many changes in the political field and in the judgments of the courts which are not in conformity with the earllier declared objectives of the government.

But government is changing its strategy when its tenure is only months away to be over, the base of the goverment is more consolidated after overcoming different political and  non-political hurdles and onganised  the selective local election despite the  non-coperation from certain political quarters.

The change in the strategy will bewilder many especially those who hope for a notable change in our political system, though the traditional political forces will feel sigh of relief. 

But the change will raise many questions-was the long 2 years necessary to hold an election ‘participated by all’ ? Who will ensure the continuity of the reforms government has done in different sactor ?  What will hapen to much discussed issue of corruption and leaders of corruption?

Many says that the failure to control the prices of the essential led the government to make this compromise. But will the price low down during the tenure of the government due to this compromise?

If the objectives of the government trimmed down to holding a mere election, then it will not justify its continuation for two years. In that case, the people will reject them and they will also have to suffer the rath of the people and parties.

An ordianry citizen

Post script:

‘Govt anti-graft drive lost it’s direction’ [DS]

Mojammel H Khan, Convener of the Committee for Human Rights and Democracy for Bangladesh writes ‘Is the battle for Corruption lost?’ in Daily Star [DS]

Arafat Islam, a student from Dallas writes ‘Back to Square One’.[DS]

Is credible election possible under emergency rule? August 2, 2008

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Will General Election under emergency be possible ?
As the General Election is closing, a debate is growing whether general election under emergency rule will be possible or impossible, and if it is possible will it be credible.

The major political parties are demanding the withdrawal of emergency rule before the general election, even from now and to allow political activities as a prerequisite for a free and fair election in December. Some are even demanding the general election in October 2008. They are arguing if the upazilla election could be held in 300 or more constituencies in October, why not the general election in October. The are against participating in the upazilla election in October.

People are also divided. Professor Mujaffar Ahmed, the Chairman of Sujan (Citizens for Good Governance) said in a write up Prothom Alo that it is not impossible to hold elections under emergency provided the emergency is relaxed sufficiently for the people to propagate for their candidates and to participate in the election without any fear or favour.[PA 31 July 2008]

On the otherhand, Professor Emajuddin, Ex- VC of Dhaka University and a BNP intellect said that election under emergency will not be acceptable.

Visiting UK minister Hazel Blears yesterday said that holding a free and fair election under emergency is not impossible but difficult.[DS]

Will the Government go to do that difficult job?

An ordinary citizen

‘Reviewing’ the ‘objectives’ of the present caretaker government of Bangladesh May 23, 2008

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When the present caretaker government came to power on the backdrop of 1/11 everyone was delighted and all were relieved of the tension of conflicting election and its consequences.
The new government declared its objectives of conducting a free fair election acceptable to all and a society free from corruption. (more…)

‘GATCO case is politically motivated’ May 18, 2008

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I was reading an article in Prothom Alo written by Asif Nazrul, a professor of Dhaka University, Law Department where he said that Govt took very hard stand for the trial of the corruption cases. He accused that the measures taken by the government violates the human rights. (more…)