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BNP dominated Oikyafront led by Dr Kamal Hossain appears to be in a policy to delay and disrupt the upcoming polls. Their latest move to request the EC not to announce the election schedule before their dialogues are over has made it clear that finally they want to take the situation to such a point when holding the polls will be difficult. The demands raised by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party ahead of the forthcoming national election do not appear pragmatic, political analysts say.
They are of the opinion that such unrealistic demands have created confusion in the mind of the people. Before placing BNP demands they should know its limitations as a political party.
In the first place, BNP has amended Section-7 of its constitution, which barred a bankrupt, insane, corrupt individual from being member in the party’s national council, national executive committee, national standing committee or any other executive committee or for candidature of national parliament election.
BNP has brought this amendment to its charter because the party knew it very well that its two topmost leaders – Khaleda Zia and Tarique Zia – were going to be convicted in graft cases. And as now both of them have been handed down imprisonment in more than one case BNP desperately wants the Election Commission to accept its amended constitution so that the two convicted leaders can remain in the leadership of the party and also be allowed to participate in the parliamentary election.
However, the EC has of late said it categorically that there is no scope to accept BNP’s demand. The EC has decided to send a letter to BNP to inform it that the commission has nothing to do in regard and that it cannot go beyond the court directives, the EC secretary told media on Monday.
Mentionable, the High Court on 31 October directed the Election Commission not to accept the amended article 7 of the charter and dispose of it within 30 days. In its statement the HC questioned the legality of the BNP’s amended constitution that scrapped the provision barring corrupt individuals from securing nomination to contest election.
Against such a backdrop, the move taken by the EC is being considered by analysts very much appropriate. They say the commission is bound to follow the court directives and there is no scope for creating dispute in this respect. According to them, BNP itself has no way other than to accept the court’s order because 3everyone is equal in the eye of the law.
However, for BNP the matter is different. If the EC does not approve its amended constitution, its Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Acting Chairperson Tarique Rahman will lose their membership in the party. But BNP by any means wants to keep Khaleda and Tarique in its helm; it does not matter whether they are corrupt or convicted. This is a proof of a sharp decline in morality in BNP, critics say.
Meanwhile, that BNP and its allies have requested the EC not to announce the schedule for the 11th parliamentary election before their dialogues with the ruling alliance to resolve the existing disputes centring the election come to an end is also viewed by analysts as an undue demand.
They also question their intention behind making such a claim.
They opine that by raising such impracticable demand the alliance in fact wants to disturb the smooth pace at which the preparation for the next election is going.
Political analysts ask if BNP itself knows when the dialogues will be over. The answer will surely be in the negative, they stress.
So what does this mean, they say adding that it only means that BNP does not want that the next election is held in time. However, the consequences of not holding election as per the regulations defined in the constitution will not bear well for the nation.
Therefore, the sooner the BNP comes to a realisation that it must join the upcoming elections under the constitutional framework the better it will be for the party.