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Habibullah Mizan
Some key players of the military-backed 1/11 political changeover are restlessly trying to foil the next parliamentary election in a bid to create a constitutional crisis by bringing the unelected government in power again.
A section of media is also collaborating with the cliques, sources said on condition of anonymity.
According to credible sources, Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujon) secretary Dr Badiul Alam Majumdar, Center for Policy Dialogue’s (CPD) distinguished research fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, member of CPD Board of Trustees Dr Shahdeen Malik are playing the key role in hatching the conspiracy.
These three controversial civil society members had also played a vital role in bringing military-backed caretaker government led by Dr Fakruddin Ahmed.
They are holding secret meetings one after another to implement their secret plan of foiling the forthcoming election and make way for an undemocratic government.
In some of their secret meetings, leaders of BNP and Gono Forum are also participating in the meeting.
Party insiders disclosed that they themselves are sitting almost every day. Foiling election is their sole goal. They think that if BNP and Oikyafront boycott the elections, the situation like 2007 will reappear.
They are trying to convince BNP and Oikyafront to boycott the election in this regard, sources said.
It is learned that two rounds of meetings were held last Friday and Saturday. Two editors, one of a leading national English daily and another of a leading Bangla daily, have also recently met Dr Kamal Hossain.
According to the sources, they told Dr Kamal Hossain that BNP and Oikyafront have no possibility of winning this election. If the election is not held, the path to the power for the unelected government will open.
Earlier on December 1, a leading Bangla daily published a report titled `Level playing field for all is still far away` on the front page. The report said it was claimed in a report of the House of Commons of the United States of America. The following day, another report titled ‘explanation of the published news’ was also carried in the same newspaper.
The House of Commons, in this connection, informed that they have not yet held discussion on Bangladesh. Even no reports as such were prepared in this regard.
On December 1, the newspaper also ran an opinion article of Dr Shahdeen Malik on the front page under the title of ‘Code of conduct has gone to a vacation’.
The article’s ultimate target was to defame the independent Election Commission, the sources said.
Another report published on the same day claimed that the number of young voters has doubled over the past seven years. The report also claimed that the information has been obtained from the ILO (International Labour Organisation) report. However, there was no information about where and when ILO has published that report.
Analysts and political observers, wishing not to be named, said it seems both the dailies are trying their best to make BNP boycott the election. In this regard, the Election Commission has been severely criticized by these two newspapers over the past few days.
After observing their attitude, it seems that they are trying to convince the BNP candidates from refraining themselves from taking part in the polls, the analysts believed.
It is worth mentioning here that these two newspapers played key roles in bringing the army-backed caretaker government in 2007. The editor of the Bangla daily was the father of the much-discussed ‘minus two’ formula.
In this regard, one of his columns titled ‘Two leaders must leave’ was published at that time.
The English daily also published a report alleging corruption against Sheikh Hasina. Later in a television talk show, its editor admitted that he had published the article based on information fed by the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI).
He also acknowledged that it was published without verification of the information.
These two ‘influential’ newspapers are now trying to create a similar situation in the country so that BNP and Oikyafront boycott the election.