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Some vested interests are apparently in a desperate bid to sway the December-30 polls in favour of BNP-Jamaat alliance through their partisan role and laying blame on the ruling party.


A number of local and foreign bodies have recently turned out to be the vocal critics of the government to malign the soon-to-be held election intentionally and make it controversial.


According to sources, a wide range of conspiracy is always being played out against the ruling Awami League to only channel the BNP-Jamaat alliance into power.

 

The interest groups are blatantly in anti-government mood in their observations even when the lawmen are taking actions against saboteurs.

The groups seem to be keeping their eyes shut when the ruling party activists are being killed by the opposition BNP adherents at different places across the country.

Even though the government complies with the demand of the opposition and take steps accordingly that deserve praise, those are just simply overlooked.

In recent times, the UN has expressed concern over violence against the opposition and called on the law enforcers to ensure free and fair polls.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said they are concerned by the reports of violence centring election and arrests of opposition members in Bangladesh.

Similarly, Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York-based rights watch organisation, called for credible election and blamed the government for alleged torturing of the opposition activities.

 

But these organisations are blatantly indifferent to the activities of saboteurs including the telephonic conversations between BNP brass and Pakistani intelligence agency ISI officials, who are always on the lookout of their evil attempts to sway the election in their favourites.

Although HRW mentioned the killing of two members of the ruling Awami League recently, it did not focus on the identities of the killers.

Even some of these organisations pressured the Bangladesh government to not hang the Jamaat leaders despite their crimes against humanity during liberation war and their convictions.

In its 37-page report titled “Creating Panic”; Bangladesh Election Crackdown on Political Opponents and Critics,” HRW on Saturday alleged that the government is cracking down hard on free speech and oppressing the political opponents, but on the other hand, it does not take into account the leaked conspiring speeches made by the opposition groups.

Recently, BNP candidate for Patuakhali-3 constituency Golam Maula Rony and BNP candidate for Kushtia-4 electoral seat Syed Mehdi Ahmed Rumy were arrested for giving directives over telephonic to their supporters to commit violence.

Later, audio clippings of his conversations were leaked.

Rajshahi district BNP General Secretary Motiur Rahman Montu allegedly talked over phone to the party central leader, Taiful Islam Tipu, that the crude bomb blasts at a BNP rally at Natore on July 17 were carried out by BNP s organising secretary Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu to lay the blame on the ruling party and please BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman.

Besides, BNP Kushtia-1 constituency candidate Reza Ahmed Bachchu was sent to jail in a case filed over the possession of illegal firearms and explosives.

A local Awami League leader was allegedly killed by BNP supporters at Goaldangi in Sadar upazila in Faridpur district on December 11 night.

The deceased was Yusuf Al Mamun, 40, cultural affairs secretary of Awami League in the upazila.

Witnesses said Mamun had an altercation with BNP activists Mazid Sheikh and Aziz at a local tea stall over the upcoming polls and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Local ward AL president Lalon Fakir was also injured as he tried to prevent the attack.

On December 12, police recovered the body of a local Swechhasebok League leader from a canal at Muladuli in Ishwardi upazila under Pabna.

The deceased was Asadul Islam Ershad, 34, general secretary of 3 No. ward Swechhasebok League in Muladuli union and son of Habibur Rahman Mokkas Pramanik, president 3 No. ward Awami League.

On December 18, five Awami League men were injured as a group of BNP men launched an attack on them at Simakhali Bazar in Shalikha upazila under Magura district.

The individuals, who are blaming the government for alleged repression on the opposition and demanding fair polls, are interconnected in various ways.

Photographer Shahidul Alam took photos of police action on violent protesters and picketers in the capital.

He also blamed the government for police action in an interview with foreign media with an ulterior motive.

As he was arrested, a section of local and foreign rights organisations stood in his favour and demanded his release, ignoring his partisan motif.

The directive of Election Commission to investigate into the attack on the opposition coalition Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain s vehicle and transfer of officers-in-charge of various police stations are such administrative steps that fail to draw the attention of the critics, who have sided with the anti-liberation forces.

Officer-in-Charge of Narayanganj Police Station was transferred while that of Satkhira was withdrawn following the opposition demand.

According to political observers, the government cannot create congenial atmosphere if leaders and activists of the opposition parties keep resorting to violence.

They said the evildoers are always busy shifting blame on the government and malign its activities.

Prof Dr M Shahinoor Rahman, pro-vice chancellor of Islamic University, told daily sun, “Some vested interests are trying to talk in favour of terrorists, militants and outlaws. They seem to be playing a role against the spirit of independence of Bangladesh.”

“Their claims are illogical, immoral and illegal.”

Dr Tureen Afroz, prosecutor of International Crimes Tribunal, said: “Human Rights Watch earlier supported the accused and convicted war criminals, and now it is in a desperate bid to highlight the attack on the opposition men only.”

“But HRW remains silent on the murder of ruling party activists.”

“The interest groups underscore the need for level playing field for the opposition party candidates and supporters only. They tend to forget that the ruling party candidates have also right to enjoy equal rights,” she added.

She termed the organisations like HRW devoid of transparency which is run with dubious sources of income.

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