To get to power only
THE prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has recently said she will not deviate even an inch from constitution on the question of general elections, rejecting the opposition demand for an election-time caretaker government.
Ironically, when she was in opposition, she spearheaded a vigorous and violent movement for incorporation of a provision for caretaker government in the constitution. The Awami League then called a series of hartals to force the then Bangladesh Nationalist Party government into meeting their demand. Notably, Jamaat-e-Islami was on the Awami League’s side then.
The prime minister and her government need to realise that most people do not believe that the upcoming general elections would be free and fair, if held under the control of the Awami League and its allies. Hence, to avert further deepening of the ongoing political crisis, they should initiate a dialogue with the opposition and peacefully resolve the political impasse.
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