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Government-Opposition Confrontation Looms in Bangladesh

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On October 8 this 12 months, senior Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Amanullah Aman introduced at a public rally in Dhaka that the nation could be dominated by the BNP from December 10. “Get ready, a new program will be announced” to blockade all of Bangladesh from Teknaf to Tetulia and Rupsha to Pathuria, he mentioned.

“If necessary, we will be martyrs but no election under [Prime Minister] Sheikh Hasina will be allowed. We will return home after ensuring the removal of this government,” the BNP chief mentioned.

The BNP mentioned it would maintain 10 rallies throughout the nation. It has held seven rallies in main cities to date. All the rallies have been peaceable, though the ruling Awami League (AL) sought to disrupt them by shutting down public transport.

It is stunning that enormous numbers of individuals have attended the BNP rallies, which didn’t occur during the last 13 years of AL rule. The last rally will probably be held within the capital Dhaka on December 10.  The rally is of concern to the federal government, particularly within the context of its questionable political legitimacy.

The ruling occasion has accused the BNP of taking part in a “game.” AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader said that during the last 13 years the BNP didn’t protest for 13 minutes. “BNP leaders failed to bring out a procession for their chairperson Khaleda Zia, [and] now they are dreaming of toppling the government. They are vowing that they will hold a victory march with Khaleda Zia on December 10,” he mentioned. Zia, chief of the BNP, was convicted on corruption expenses in 2018 and sentenced to 17 years in jail.

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The AL has vowed to stay on the streets to struggle again towards the challenges posed by the BNP.

AL’s General Secretary of Dhaka metropolis (north) S.M. Mannan Kachi mentioned that the occasion has began “zone-based programs.” The “anarchies” that the BNP unleashes will probably be countered by the AL’s programs throughout December, he mentioned.

Describing the BNP as a political occasion comprising of “killers, terrorists, anti-liberation forces, and anti-humanity forces,” AL chief Abdur Rahman mentioned that “their movement means fire terrorism, killing, and forced disappearance.  BNP’s main target is to capture the state power from the back door. They don’t believe in democracy and elections. Their killing mission in the name of politics will be stopped strictly.” The AL won’t “spare” them, he warned.

Bangladesh’s two important political events are heading for a confrontation on the deliberate December 10 rally in Dhaka. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan instructed the press that Dhaka metropolis has no place or area the place two-and-a-half million individuals can assemble. “Since we are not obstructing political activities, if they organize such a program, they should do so in a place where so many people can stand,” the minister mentioned. This means that the federal government won’t permit the BNP to carry the rally in Dhaka metropolis.

BNP members are enthused by the occasion’s holding of profitable rallies over the previous month, one thing they may not do for 13 years. It is the present financial disaster in Bangladesh that has made such an enormous mobilization potential.

Inflation is working at over 9 p.c as of September 2022. The worth of gasoline has surged by 50 p.c and foreign exchange reserves have declined to $26 billion from $48 billion in August 2021.

Bangladesh has sought a $4.5 billion mortgage from the IMF, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought oil from Saudi Arabia with payment on a deferred schedule.

Meanwhile, Hasina has referred to as on the Bangladeshi individuals to be frugal to avert a potential famine. “Utilize every inch of land for food production, we have to go for savings and practice austerity,” she mentioned. Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder mentioned that Bangladesh has “sufficient food stock” and if individuals averted hoarding meals, a famine might be averted.

The deep financial disaster, lack of transparency on the financial state of affairs, and contradictory statements being issued by state actors have created public mistrust within the authorities. The depth of mistrust grew to become evident when Bangladesh Bank needed to challenge an pressing assertion certifying that banks within the nation aren’t dealing with a liquidity disaster.

Drawing consideration to “conspiratorial” experiences on social media, the Bangladesh Bank mentioned in an announcement that the nation’s banking system is in a “strong position,” stressing that there “is no liquidity crisis in the banking system.”

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Even as public mistrust within the authorities is rising, Bangladesh’s improvement companions – the United States, Japan, Germany, and the European Union – are placing strain on the federal government to carry free, honest, and inclusive elections. Some of those nations are additionally elevating questions in regards to the legitimacy of earlier elections held below the AL authorities.

Japan’s ambassador to Bangladesh, Ito Naoki, mentioned just lately that “police officials were stuffing ballot boxes on the eve” of voting within the 2018 basic election. The 2021 U.S. Human Rights report too questioned the validity of the 2018 election.

Such diplomatic strain has additionally boosted the opposition.

Meanwhile, on November 16, a Dhaka district court docket ordered the Jatio Party Chairman G M Quader to chorus from political exercise. A number one Dhaka-based political analyst instructed The Diplomat that “the verdict was politically motivated as Quader has been talking about the economic crisis,” which is damaging the federal government’s picture.

These developments point out that Bangladesh’s political situation is getting complicated forward of the twelfth basic election to be held in December 2023.

The upcoming December 10 rally has change into a matter of concern for the ruling occasion on this context.

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