Mayhem and monstrosity must end
THE battle line has been drawn and the political situation has become increasingly tumultuous. The intransigence and intolerance of the two mainstream political camps, one led by the ruling Awami League and the other by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, is setting back the progress the country has made thus far.
The economy is bleeding. The Economist predicts that stagnation and devastation over the past couple of months resulted in losses worth crores of takas. It will take the economy a few years to recoup the losses. All the indicators point to a bleak future for the economy.
Violence was widespread before, during and after the elections to the 10th Jatiya Sangsad; several people were reported killed and many others injured in clashes between law enforcement agencies and opposition activists.
Violent attacks on religious and ethnic minority communities in the wake of the elections at different places across the country left many houses and commercial establishments destroyed and torched.
Petrol bombs seem to have become a preferred tool for the miscreants to terrorise people at large. Scores of people were severely burnt in arson attacks on public transport; many of them succumbed to their injuries. Such dastardly acts must be stopped once and for all; these cannot be part of a political movement.
Both the Awami League and the BNP have stated on different occasions that dialogue is essential to end the ongoing political standoff. However, both have so far exhibited their reluctance to initiate an effective dialogue.
The political parties need to realise that the longer the ongoing political standoff continues, the higher the death toll will be. Hence, they need to reach a consensus, sooner than later, so that peace and stability can be restored in the country.
Md Zonaed Emran
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