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BNP, Jamaat want to bolster movement thru 10 Dec programme

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Muhammad Jawad
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BNP, Jamaat want to bolster movement thru 10 Dec programme

The political landscape of Bangladesh teeters on the brink of significant transformation as opposition parties, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami, amplify their protests. The parties' aim is the cancellation of the upcoming national election, which is slated for January 7. Their plan includes a large-scale protest in the capital city on Human Rights Day, December 10.

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Unified Opposition

A formal alliance between the BNP, Jamaat, and other anti-government parties has emerged in reaction to the current political climate. The potential inclusion of the Islami Andolan Bangladesh could lead to a 'unified alliance' announcement before December 17. This burgeoning coalition is gearing up for a non-cooperation movement leading up to the elections.

Protests and Human Chains

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At the same time, the BNP is orchestrating a human chain in front of the press club on December 10. Pro-BNP and Jamaat organizations are also poised to protest on December 9. These activities are a part of a broader strategy to challenge the government's hold on power and advocate for what they perceive as their political and human rights.

Government's Punitive Reaction

Senior BNP official Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has shed light on the government's punitive actions against their party. He cites cases of imprisonment and violence against BNP leaders and activists. The ruling Awami League has faced accusations of monopolizing the administration and suppressing opposition, sparking international concern. The US has even contemplated imposing visa restrictions on individuals undermining the electoral process in Bangladesh.

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As the date of the national election approaches, the political atmosphere in Bangladesh is charged with tension and the specter of violent clashes. The BNP's fervent demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the establishment of a neutral interim government before the election has intensified the situation. The ruling Awami League's alleged election engineering has drawn criticism for hampering the democratic process and violating human rights.

In response, the Awami League has strategized to increase the participation of multiple parties in the election. This move aims to create an impression of inclusivity while concurrently weakening the main opposition, the BNP. However, the ruling party's actions, including arrests and crackdowns, have raised serious concerns about the election's credibility and fairness.

Meanwhile, writers, teachers, artists, and journalists in Bangladesh have held a rally demanding the right to vote and freedom of expression. Their protest underlines the ongoing oppression of opposition leaders and activists, and the perceived erosion of democracy in Bangladesh. Their call for the restoration of the rule of law and citizens' right to vote mirror the widespread discontent with the current political situation.

As the nation stands at the crossroads, the world watches with bated breath, hoping for a peaceful resolution that upholds democratic processes and human rights.

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