Will Awami League not come victorious?
Waliur Rahman, Former Ambassador and Political Analyst : Awami League-backed candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleq defeated his BNP counterpart in the Khulna city corporation election by a healthy margin. BNP expressed serious concern over the polls result.
Efforts from different quarters were also made to make the election questionable. But how was the election actually? Did the voters manage to exercise their franchise? Were they obstructed from voting? How was the atmosphere during the polls? All the issues have already been discussed. They are still in discussion as well. But the question arises: Are we not prepared at all to accept something good. The answer will be in the negative.
The KCC election was held fairly except for some sporadic incidents. The Election Commission had to suspend voting in some polling centres. Ballots were cast abnormally in a place or two. However, the overall organisation of the election was transparent. People applied their right to vote.
When our electoral system has a history of attacks, grabbing polls centres and stanching ballot boxes, can the KCC election not be termed a free and fair one as it was held without any grievous irregularities? How much correct are the negative talks regarding the election? There are many a question in this regard.
The ruling party was defeated in five city polls before it assumed office in the January 5 general polls of 2014. It was then claimed that Awami League does not have popularity, causing their defeat. The party did not do good work.
The claims were not correct. Then again, Awami League accepted the verdict made by the people in the city elections. But as it won the KCC election, some sections are trying to stigmatise the government by making the polls questionable.
Whenever Awami League wins an election, there surfaces a bid to make it debatable. There is little respite even if the election is held freely. In such a situation a basic question arises: Will Awami League not be able to win an election? Why are there so many objections and reactions over Awami League’s win in an election? The answer could be—a section of people never want Awami League coming victorious.
Most of them are opportunist politicians, who never want Bangladesh to develop. Nevertheless, their dream will never come true. Bangladesh will be doing great under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. Democracy in the country will get stronger and the people will become happier. And I have no doubts about these.