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Rohingya influx came as major blow to govt

Shawkat Ali Khan     31st December, 2017 12:58:21 printer

Rohingya influx came as major blow to govt

The Awami League-led government faced two major challenges of tackling Rohingya influx and the tussle between the judiciary and the executive over the 16th Amendment to the Constitution in the outgoing year 2017.


The government earned global appreciation for giving shelter to the Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh amid persecution of the Muslim minority community in Rakhine state of Myanmar.


The world community stood by Bangladesh by extending support for the displaced Rohingyas and it became possible thanks to the government’s prudent diplomacy.


The government received a record amount of foreign direct investment in the outgoing year. But it faced strong criticism as prices of essential commodities sharply went up.   


Political atmosphere of the country remained calm. The government kept the law and order situation under control by launching massive crackdown on militant dens.


The government held Rangpur city election in a free and fair manner, belying the opposition’s oft-repeated claim that fair polls cannot be held under the AL-led government.


The government faced embarrassing situation over the Supreme Court verdict on 16th amendment that led to bickering between the judiciary and the government which ended in resignation of then Chief Justice SK Sinha.


It also faced bitter criticism for failure to check the price spiral of essential commodities. Prices of essentials, particularly rice and onion, went beyond the reach of commoners.


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was honoured with Mother of Humanity title for providing shelter to over six lakh Rohingyas who have been driven out of their homeland.


Leaders of the international community appreciated Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for standing by the displaced Rohingya people on humanitarian grounds.


Besides, Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India in 2017 has brightened the image of the country.


Breaking the protocol, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received her and took her to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill in a motorcade amid tight security.


The government also earned praise from the world community for successfully holding two international events---Inter-Parliamentary Union and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conferences.


The government received significant amount of foreign investment in six months of the current fiscal.


Record shows that the country received $716 million foreign direct investment in the first four months of the current fiscal against $626 million received during the same period of the last fiscal.


Although the government has passed a calm year, it was embarrassed over the slide in law and order situation. Some 54 people fell prey to forced disappearance in 11 months.


Of the victims, the bodies of two were recovered, seven were released and five were shown arrested in various cases while the remaining ones still remain missing.


The government went tough against militants. It launched massive operation in different areas of the country and busted some militant dens.


The head of the government has been able to make the world leaders understand that militancy is not only a problem for Bangladesh but also a problem for the world.


Despite people’s grievances on some issues, the government became happy following the UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s historic 7th March speech as part of the world’s documentary heritage.


Besides, parliament unanimously adopted a resolution to observe March 25 as Genocide Day condemning Pakistan for its denial of committing genocide on the unarmed Bengalis on the day in 1971.


The House also proposed that the government take a move to earn international recognition in observing the day worldwide, recalling the barbaric crackdown by the Pakistan occupation forces.


President Abdul Hamid initiated a move for talks with the political parties on the reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) as the tenure of the incumbent EC ended in February.


All the political parties lauded the President’s move to reconstitute the EC through consensus as the next EC will arrange the country’s next parliamentary polls.


He appointed KM Nurul Huda as the next Chief Election Commissioner while Mahbub Talukder, Rafiqul Islam, Kobita Khanom and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury as commissioners.


Before the appointment, the President formed a search committee to find out eligible personalities for the posts of the constitutional body.


The appointments came after the search committee placed 10 names before the President after examining 125 names proposed by 25 political parties of the country.


Besides, the ruling party’s internal feud tarnished the government’s achievements as the party apparently failed to take measures against the errant activists.