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‘Country needs AL in power again for continuation of dev’

Hasina asks party men to get ready for next polls

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17th September, 2021 11:18:33 PM
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‘Country needs AL in power again for continuation of dev’

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Two major political parties—-ruling Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — have started lashing each other to drum up public support for winning the next national elections slated for 2023.

Political analysts say that the Awami League government led by Sheikh Hasina has been working to take Bangladesh to new heights and the party should be in office again for the sake of country’s development.

Bangladesh has already been elevated to a developing country status as its per capita income has remarkably increased to $2227 and poverty rate has dropped to 20 percent, they said.

Former Dhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique told the Daily Sun that people will give mandate to Awami League again to help continue the country’s pace of development.

“The government’s ongoing march towards development should go on. Change of the government under the democratic system is a natural phenomenon. But, taking a stance against development is unacceptable,” he said.

“Development is an ongoing process in a democratic country. It is necessary to carry out human development, including in education, culture and tradition along with continuing development in infrastructure and communication,” he added.

“People want development along with exercising democratic and constitutional rights,” he added.

Professor of history department at Dhaka University Muntasir Mamun said a vested quarter has been spreading propaganda against the development spree of the incumbent AL-led government.

The incumbent government has undertaken many development projects and Awami League should come to power again for completing them,” Mamun, the author and veteran historian of the country, said.

Awami League assumed office in 2009 through the ninth parliamentary elections held under a army-backed government in the backdrop of political turmoil over the power struggle between AL and the BNP.

The AL government has been carrying out massive development activities to turn the country into a developed one by 2041 while BNP has been embarking on politics of complaints against Sheikh Hasina-led government to gain political benefit.

Though the next national election is still two years away, both the Awami League and its arch rival BNP have started work and are trying to woo voters to have mandate in their favour.

During a recent meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee, AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked her deputies to take preparations for the next national polls.

Targeting the next elections, BNP is also holding series of meetings with central leaders to fix strategies for contesting the polls. The spirit of the leaders and activists has faded as BNP has been out of office for long 14 years.

Bringing series of allegations against the ruling party, the BNP has been asking its activists to wage movement against the AL-led government to free the country from ‘misrule and corruption.’

The ruling party, binning the ‘false allegations’ asked its arch rival to shun the path of destructive activities in the name of political agitations, and get prepared for election as per law. 

“Election is the only constitutional way to assume office,” AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said in response to a statement issued by his BNP counterpart Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Mirza Fakhrul in his statement threatened to foil holding of any election unless it is held under a neutral administration.

Coming down hard for such statement, the Awami League spokesperson said BNP is looking for extra-constitutional ways to come to power.

The constitution stipulates that the Election Commission will conduct polls while the government will extend its all-out support to hold polls in a free, fair and credible manner, and the sitting premier will continue to be in office until a new prime minister swears in.

Generally, the elections to 300 parliamentary constituencies will be held 90 days before the dissolution of the current parliament.

“In the case of a dissolution otherwise than by reason of such expiration, [the election will be held] within 90 days after such dissolution,” reads a provision of the constitution.