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In this point of time, Bangladesh Awami League (AL) said that they are intending to sit with the government to discuss on the issues like state of emergency, Upazila Election, Parliamentary Election, registration of political parties under proposed to amend Representation of Peoples Order (RPO) and the on going legal process pending in the courts against party leaders including President Sheik Hasina, who is in parole now. Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), another major political party that yet unwilling to come in to Government-Politician Dialog and any kind of election before the release of their Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her elder son Tareque Rahman, who are in detention for graft charges.
BNP, the umbrella of rightists and fundamentalists, was confused about recent local body poll. Centrally they were in a position that the party and its alliance boycotted the election. But locally they were involved in the election campaign. Finally the result of the election was also gone against them.
In this consideration, BNP leaders are in a thought that if Khaleda Zia and Tareque Rahman are out of jail, position of the party must be better in terms of public support and they would be able to reorganize the grassroots for election or agitation; grass roots possess the idea that if BNP join in the local poll formally, party will gain public support and workers will be in a mood of confidence
On the basis of this idea, BNP chalked out a primary movement program demanding the immediate release of Khaleda Zia and Tareque Rahman and in favor of few other demands. As a part of this program, very recently BNP declared a program titled March to Chief Advisor’s Office (CAO) to submit a memorandum demanding the release of party Chairperson and other detainees which was flawed by the police.
Recent election result and the flawed program make the indication that BNP yet not in a position to face the election race or initiate an anti-government agitation. Meanwhile BNP leaders also said that if government invite them to talk abut the release process of Party Chairperson, they are intending to join. It should be mentioned that the release process of Khaleda Zia is on the harbor. Many Government Advisors also endorsed the issue and said that the difficulties on the issue would be resolved very soon.
In consideration of the position of the two major political forces, government assumed that election process, especially the local body poll under emergency is not in the potential threat from political parties. Even political forces are not going for an actual boycott. This situation put the military backed interim government on a little bit hard stand about election process.
But to make the election is a credible and acceptable one, is an important affair. That is why government should make sure that the election is acceptable to all major political parties and other stake holders. A court order which mentioned to make local body poll political is favoring the process, said legal experts, although government and EC ha the intention to make it non political.
However, EC is evaluating the outcomes emerged from the recent election process and told to the press that the commission have some difficulties as they do not have sufficient manpower to hold election independently. In holding of any election, administrative officers of field level get the responsibility to run the show. EC feel that this is the important shortfall for them. Any way EC have the preparation to hold Upazila election on October next. Now it is to observe, how the politicians react. #