Survival struggle in Bangladesh!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
From intense political fight by the two top leaders to outsmart each other to power struggle, now Bangladesh has reached a new phase which could be called survival struggle between Premier Sheikh Hasina and Opposition BNP leader Khaleda Zia.
Both Hasina and Khaleda are now facing a sort of survival threat from each other, harming the nation’s genuine interest. Khaleda is now facing survival problem as she the target of the Hasina government. But though Hasina thinks she is very safe as the ruling power, in fact she is not sure of retaining her position. For her, losing power only means opting for jail life.
Now that the Hasina government has withstood all pressure tactics to step down, conceding the immorally conducted elections, when the opposition parties led by BNP boycotted them, it now wants to harass and jail Khaleda on treason charges.
The new phase of confrontation has set in as Bangladeshi Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu repeated on July 19 what Sheikh Hasina earlier said in Parliament that a tribunal will be formed after Eid-ul-Fitr for quick disposal of the cases filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for ‘instigating’ arson attacks during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s movement.
However, the BNP has warned that the government cannot demoralize the opposition leaders and activists by threatening to try their chairperson Khaleda Zia under special tribunal. The
party spokesman said: “We want to clearly say the allegations for which the government is threatening to form the tribunal to try Khaleda are false, fabricated and baseless. There’ll be no use of issuing any threat as no one can annihilate the party and its leadership which has immense public support….We want to tell the government that it’s pointless to threaten BNP”. BNP demanded the government release the senior BNP leaders before Eid if it has “goodwill and intention to create a congenial political atmosphere”. But the government just ignored it.
The chiefs of the country’s two major political parties, Hasina of the ruling Awami League and Khaleda of BNP, only greet each other during two Eids and Pahela Baishakh, but avoid each other when there comes opportunities to personally meet or exchange pleasantries. The two leaders also invited each other to their respective iftar parties hosted for politicians during this Ramadan, but they skipped those as always.
Meanwhile, the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Eid day stressed on maintaining social relations by political parties for the greater good of the country. She said: “Our country has potential and is a very resourceful one. We all need to work together for its progress. To make that happen, we’ll need to forget who is what.”
Mentioning that political parties should not pursue violence, killing and confrontations, Khaleda said her party’s ideal and aim are to restore peace, development and democracy in the country. She said they want the rule of law to be maintained in the country so that culprits get punished and innocent people do not fall victims to injustice. “But now there’s no rule of law.”
Obviously, PM Hasina does not want to quit in order pleasing the opposition leader Khaleda or world community demanding early elections to uphold the values of genuine democracy. She does not want to present herself to the world as a democrat as she has to ensure her own survival in national politics. She is not sure if her party would return to power again after the poll. And, as new premier, Khaleda would definitely send her to jail.
Already, Khaleda is fighting for her own survival. Sheikh Hasina’s move to try Khaleda for disturbances in the country could make her survival difficult, if Hasina goes ahead with her proposed trial.
Way back, scientist Darwin talked about the survival of the fittest And, hence the struggle is very acute in Bangladesh!
The mutual hatred cum survival instincts of Hasina and Khaleda has vitiated the societal atmosphere at national and regional levels. That is not good for the people and nation. But who cares? Where exactly is Bangladesh heading for?