Awami League lost in Gazipur before the election. Awami league is now in the people’s trial after the High Court passed an order to suspend the election only 9 days before the votes. The matter has been circulated in the media in such a way and it has created such an idea among the common people that the Awami League might is behind the suspension of the election due to the fear of being defeated. Although today along with the BNP candidate, the Awami League`s candidate also appealed against the stay order of the High Court, but the damage has already been done. An Awami League leader said, "If the Awami League had lost in Gazipur, it would not have been so bad as it has been with the postponement of the election." He also said, "Even if we were defeated, at least we could say that the impartial elections can only be held under the Awami League government. Besides the Awami League had the chance to prove the neutral government`s claim as unreasonable, but due to the postponement of the election, the idea that Awami League was afraid of public opinion has been raised."
So far two important city corporations` elections have been postponed after the announcement of the schedule. One is Gazipur and the other is Dhaka (North). This delivered a message to the voters of the country that the Awami League is losing its popularity and that is why Awami League has now become afraid of the elections. The BNP leaders have started talking from yesterday that "Awami League has stopped the election of Gazipur and Dhaka (North) after they realized that they would be badly defeated in the elections." Some over-excited leaders also said that "The government is trying to keep the Awami League out of the election due to the fear of defeat in the upcoming parliamentary election. And that is why Begum Zia has been imprisoned." The national election is still far away. The announcement of the postponement of Gazipur election has also affected Khulna. Now the BNP is also campaigning in Khulna that Awami League is afraid of election. So the attempts are going on to stop the Khulna election.
Another aspect of the incident of Gazipur is that police arrested BNP leader Amanullah Al Noman within a short time after the High Court stayed the postponement and they also surrounded the residence of Hasan Uddin Sarkar. By doing so, the government seemed to have taken all the responsibility of postponement of the elections. Because of the recent activities of Awami League, its allied partner Jatiya Party expressed doubts about the next election. The secretary general of Jatiya Party has said that he is skeptical about the upcoming parliamentary election.
The Awami League has ruled the country in the last five years in its own way but at the end it seems that it has started losing the control. Is Awami League doing this willingly or anyone causing sabotage from inside? The question can arise. Some of the events of the quota reform movement are identified as a clear sabotage--for example, expelling some students at midnight from Begum Sufia Kamal Hall, abducting some of the students involved in the movement etc. The recent incidents in the hill areas are enough to prove that the government`s control has become weak. Suddenly the political killing is in the rise across the country. These signs are not good at all. Every time it has been observed that the ruling party commits mistakes during the last phase of the tenure. They have to repay for those mistakes. Magura and Mirpur by-elections in 1991 were the mistake of the BNP. In 2001 Awami League suffered from the activities of Dr. Iqbal and Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya`s son. In 2006, the BNP had to pay for the appointment of Iajuddin Ahmed as the head of the caretaker government, and to make the Election Commission as its party organization. Is Gazipur the beginning of such a mistake of Awami League?
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