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Dhaka On A Drip

Elections are upon Bangladesh but parties now fight over how and who will conduct it

Dhaka On A Drip
Dhaka On A Drip
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The latest faultline to surface in Bangladesh’s fractious politics is on the modalities of conducting the next general elections, scheduled to be held on January 5, 2014. But given the turmoil here, there are now doubts over whether it will take place at all. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has decided to boycott the election as has its main ally, the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (currently de-recognised). The joker in the pack, ex-dictator-turned-unp­redictable democrat, Lt Gen (retd) H.M. Ershad, after having joined a poll-time government only a fortnight ago, has downed his sails for lack of favourable election winds. His Jatiya Party will also boycott the election now.

An outsider may be forgiven if he fails to understand what is going on in this deeply divided society. “We are divided on the Liberation War, on secularism, on democracy, even on national ident­ity,” declares vete­ran Awami League lea­der Suranjit Sengupta. Sengupta, who quit as railways minister on corruption cha­rges, sho­uld have added that Bangla­deshis are also divided on how to hold elections.

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