Option ‘A’ or ‘B’ : Choice is yours
Dr. Forqan Uddin Ahmed writes for DOT : In the world dictionary, we will find many words with the alphabet A, such as artist, antagonist, aggressive. Again ‘A’ also stands for Awami League and many other things which we come across by consulting dictionaries. But does Awami League refer to any negative qualities which have been mentioned here?
Now does Awami League exercise those bad notions in their party activities to run the state? The answer to the question to many of the present generation youths is ‘No’ because the youths have noticed and assessed the state policy of Awami League. Again the basis of the above ‘No’ can be interpreted as follows. The first and foremost is that by birth Awami League has its entity and national identity and this identity and entity came from the mind of our father of the nation. The father of the nation was such a big man because he always thought with people’s sentiment and dealt with people’s sufferings and sorrows as the subject matter of his politics. And his politics came from the core of his heart.
The father of the nation did not view things externally. He not only heard things by his ears, he had his inner sight and sensation to realize things form the spiritual perspective of his life. It was Bangabandhu who made a lot of sacrifices for people’s emancipation. He was pro-people, very cordial and friendly to the depressed and sufferers. So, he mingled his heart and soul with the heart and soul of the commoners. He was dedicated to people’s welfare and worked hard through out his life only to remove the oppression of the suppressed people which was empowered by only God. Due to this, he earned the love and people’s fascination. People irrespective of caste and creed, supported, loved and blessed him. And only by the blessing he could precede turmoil in his life. He was imprisoned several times, arrested, sentenced to jail and given pressure by the ruling class. And even sometimes he was given the hope of power, position, and what not. Despite all the things, he was rigid in his principle and went ahead with peoples’ mandate to the ruling class. He organized many movements and ultimately called for a battle against the Pakistani rulers. All things he did, not for himself but for the sake of country people. His agitation cannot be explained in a negative way as it aroused the Bangalis mind towards dynamism, velocity, speed and finally led the nation towards independence.
With these qualities our honorable PM is coming up with a new dream to digitalize Bangladesh by 2021, to achieve the target of MDG and by 2041 to be able to get the position in line of developed countries. Since 2010, Sheikh Hasina has been doing utmost and all necessaries to achieve the goal and meanwhile her target has almost been fulfilled. UNESCO has already declared Bangladesh as a developing country, with this end in view; the country is going to celebrate its fifty years of birth anniversary in 2020.
In my writing I started with the symbol ‘A’, now, I would like to highlight another alphabet ‘B’. In the dictionary, we find many words with ‘B’, such as B stands for Brazil, Bhutan. Again ‘B’ stands for BNP but does BNP have their advocacy on the line like braveness, boldness, brightness and brilliance to do better things for the countrymen? Does the party have any pragmatic manifesto towards peoples’ sentiment? Did the party bring any visible progress for the people? Though the party’s fundamentals were on productivity, instead of that, damage was done. Country was engulfed in corruption and during their time, there were no justice, no equality. A section of people controlled the whole country from Hawa Bhaban. Under the above circumstances, if question is put before people in respect of support in the national election, I think the answer will be ‘No’. So, in the coming 11th parliament election, people will judge many things as they are no longer ignorant. With their application of judgment, right verdict will be given. People will assess which option is needed for the time.
11th parliament election is knocking at the door. This time election is challenging for both the big parties. Election by BNP without Jamaat will lead to a big defeat and it has been proved from some previous election results. In the coming election, Jamaat cannot play participatory role for their previous misdeeds during liberation war and after liberation war. If we study some previous results we see many ups and downs of our party position. Some times Awami League stands on its own feet, sometimes they share their hands with other parties. Again BNP had the same strategy about election in the past. In 1970 election, Awami League got majority seats amounting to 288 and percentage of casting votes were 89. But at that time, there was no party named BNP. There was a party named Muslim League which was very much pro-Pakistani. They actually belonged to the ruling Pakistani group, who were indeed the enemies of the Bangalis. In 1973, again Awami League won the election and got 293 seats and casting vote was 73% plus. In 1979, General Zia’s BNP got 207 seats and the casting vote was 4% plus in favour of BNP. Awami League got only 39 seats and percentage of casting vote was 29% plus. At that time Zia played a political game, people were made laughing stock by election engineering and through conspiracies. In 1986, election took place during Ershad regime. At that time election was boycotted by BNP and he turned to an uncompromising leader. Awami League took part in the election but they only got 16 seats & their casting vote was 16% plus. In the election Jatiyo Party’s Ershad got 153 seats. During that time, media coup was born & Ershad formed the govt. A S M Abdur Rob became the opposition leader obtaining 19 seats from his alliance.
In 1991, BNP got 140 seats, Awami League with its alliance got 100 seats and Ershad’s Jatiyo Parties seat were 35. Casting vote of BNP was 50% plus and casting vote of Awami League was 33% plus and that of Jatiyo party was 11% plus. In the election Jamaat obtained 8 seats. For seat distribution in between Jamaat and BNP, BNP could form govt. in 1991. On 15th February of 1996, Begum Khaleda Zia arranged a so called election to get the state power for the 2nd time which was not at all fair. She had her bad motive behind the election. Her party got 278 seats and independent parties got 12 seats. After the election, people started agitation and after a short interval of months, she was compelled to declare election under a non-party care-taker govt. and eventually Awami League won the election and got 146 seats, with the number of casting votes 37% plus and after 25 years of 15th August, 1975 killing incident of our father of nation Awami League formed govt. and came to power. In 2001, again there is a change of power. In the election BNP got 190 seats & their casting vote was 40% plus and Awami League got only 62 seats having their casting votes 40% plus. In the election the casting vote was almost equal. But on the basis of winning number of seats, BNP had the majority. So BNP formed the govt. & tried to spoil Awami League. At that time many incident occurred like killing of Shah AMS Kibria, Ivy Rahman, Ahsanullah Master & even death plot of present PM Sheikh Hasina was designed many times. Among them 21st August grenade massacre incident was the most brutal. From the above election results & the tale of conspiracies and unfair election strategies it is proved that Bangladesh is again facing risks for state sovereignty. It is proved that some people are playing games from behind with the general people of the country.
The master minds of those games are from home and abroad. In the past general people were always treated as toys and made handicapped. The culture of democracy was demolished by unfair election. Peoples’ interests were always punctured and disrupted. Always a vested corned used to take over the state’s control and manipulate the country people. In the name of democracy, they were used to misrule the country & cheat people. This time people are so conscious as they are the witness of many ups and downs of country’s history. If the parties nominate dishonest people for parliament election, it will again be a massacre against the dignity & honor of the country which has been earned by the honorable PM. Still now, there are some misguided and derailed people. There are mistrusts and misunderstandings among the party leaders and presence of unpatriotic people. There are corrupt and dishonest people prevailing and these corrupt and dishonest people want nomination to misguide people and interrupt the advancement of the country. If a fair, free election is conducted and sincere, honest people become a parliament member, only then, the nation’s father Sonar Bangla would come into being. So, ask yourself which option you are going to choose. Is it pole ‘A’ or pole ‘B’ or any other? Choice is yours.
The writer is a columnist and researcher.