Bangladesh: on the way to conflict!

July 18, 2023
[caption id="attachment_901" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Bangladesh on the way to conflict! US delegation with the political parties[/caption]
  • Neither party is interested in dialogue
  • A black shadow in the sky of politics
The Awami League and BNP are the two main political opponents on the hard line for the upcoming national elections. The visit of the influential US delegation to Dhaka, the series of meetings of the European Union with the political parties, the multifaceted activities regarding the elections—nothing has yet brought the 'election train' to the line. From the looks of things, the foreigner's visit did not make either party very happy. A kind of relief is being observed in the ruling circles as there is no importance in the discussion of 'non-partisan government or participatory elections'. On the other hand, there is not much enthusiasm in the opposition camp. However, they are somewhat relieved to have the opportunity to hold free meetings. And in such a situation, BNP thinks that the only way to achieve one-sided demands is through street agitation. However, the rulers are not at all willing to make any concessions to the BNP on the streets. In the name of a peace rally, they are continuing to stand on the streets and prepare for elections together. As a result, political analysts do not see any way to avoid conflict through violence. It is known that after talking to several responsible leaders of the Awami League-BNP, both sides are unwilling to open the door of dialogue at this moment. On the one hand, they are adamant. There is also no acceptable person or party to initiate reconciliation at the national level. But there are only two months left until the announcement of the election schedule. All in all, the country is in uncertainty. Although many people are talking about various concerns, the government is moving according to the election chart. Meanwhile, massive reshuffles continue at the high levels of field administration and police. If everything goes normally, the twelfth national election will be held in the last week of December or the first week of January. Elections are really strengthening the anti-government movement. Foreign intervention and activism are nothing new in Bangladesh. Awami League-BNP happened during all governments. Any past dialogue in the presence of Western countries or UN representatives is not pleasant. Still, the activities or suggestions of development partners are always important to the government or politicians of Bangladesh. The opposition has always prioritized the actions of foreigners to undermine the government. Today is no exception. Last week, an influential delegation led by Under Secretary of Maharashtra Ujra Jaya visited Dhaka. After meeting with the Prime Minister at various levels, they expressed the hope of continuing strong steps for a free and fair democratic election. Although their position on fair elections is clear, the delegation of the United States did not say anything about the election process, a government that takes care of the demands of the opposition, or participatory elections. However, experienced diplomats believe that the declared visa policy will be applied in the event of a situation that disrupts the fair environment of the election. On the other hand, the EU Election Investigation Mission has been holding a series of meetings with representatives of various levels of government, political parties, and civil society for two consecutive weeks. The EU believes the election, the result is predetermined. People lose interest. Foreigners have nothing to observe. The EU has already announced that it will not send observers if the elections are not participatory. The US delegation to the trip said it would not take sides, multiple sources confirmed. will be in a neutral position. The United States wants to see the implementation of the Prime Minister's promise of fair and impartial elections. Uzra Jaya himself made it clear in the meeting of various levels of the government. Meanwhile, BNP leaders are extremely dissatisfied with India's position. However, they are very tactful about it. BNP feels that their attitude has changed a little since the US delegation came to New Delhi. India has played an important role in changing the tough stance of the US. However, after China and Russia's comments about Bangladesh, some people think that the United States is cautious. However, how will the United States play a role or assist in fair and participatory elections? Curiosity has arisen in all circles. Last Saturday, the Awami League made it clear to the EU delegation that the elections would be held according to the existing constitution. Free and fair events are possible only under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. And the BNP said a fair election was impossible under Sheikh Hasina. A fair election is not possible without a non-partisan, neutral government. And there is no question of them going to the elections under the current government. Several BNP leaders said on condition of anonymity that they are watching the actions of foreigners very carefully at the moment. However, they are steadfast in their leader. They will decide on the street with all like-minded parties to make one-sided demands and dismiss the government. On the other hand, Awami League leaders said that the road was not leased to anyone. The government's Awami League is cautious about this. Disruption of any kind will not be excused. The Prime Minister's promise of fair elections The government is working towards that goal. People are worried about conflict and violence in this tough situation for both sides.

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