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BD Post Special
It is hoped that the 11th parliamentary election will be held on time. The whole country is waiting for putting on a festive mood as it does during every election, be it a union parishad election or a national one. Even though, opposition fronts (chiefly Jatiya Oikyafront) seem to have been adamant to their demands, many of which are directly conflicting to the Constitution of the country, and even threatened to prevent holding of elections until their demands are met, they however are preparing themselves to take part in the polls. Their frequent rallies, dialogues with the prime minister and later on with chief election commissioner, all signify the very fact that they are organising themselves.
Many leaders, seeking anonymity, acknowledged to different media of the reality within their parties. Political analysts believe that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will have to come to elections for two chief reasons: as the party will not risk its survival through losing registration and as most of the political parties, including BNP’s coalition parties in the Oikyafront, have overtly declared they have no objection to participate in the election under Sheikh Hasina government.
On the other hand, we have seen they are also contradicting themselves every now and then. During the dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last week, they demanded parliament dissolution and forming an election-time government, but they said just the opposite soon after leaving Ganobhaban. Again, in the Tuesday rally in Suhrawardy Udyan, they have gone back to their primary demand. It means they have not reached a decisive point yet, while taking part in the election is concerned.
It needs no expert to analyse that they organised the rally in Suhrawardy Udyan to create pressure on the government prior to a second-phase dialogue with the 14-party alliance today. But we find no scope to compromise on constitutional issues. In any situation, the constitution must be upheld. We hope all the political parties will come to a consensus to strongly thwart any possibility of an impasse in the election process. We urge every citizen of the country to remain alert in this regard.