Interest of the US over Bangladesh’s politics, especially the elections has increased a lot. The Awami League reacted on a recent statement of US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat on Gazipur election. In this regard, Sajeeb Wazed Joy referred the US Embassy in Dhaka as BNP`s mouthpiece on his Facebook post. In response to this, the US State Department said in a statement that, the statement of US Ambassador in Bangladesh is not her personal opinion as she is the spokesperson of State Department. She expressed the outlook of the US. This statement made it clear that not only Bernicat or the US Embassy in Dhaka, the US itself is interested in the upcoming elections of the country. It can be said more specifically that the US policy is not favorable for Awami League this time. When contacted, the Prime Minister`s International Affairs Adviser Dr. Gowher Rizvi said, "There is no conflict of Awami League with the United States and the diplomatic relations between the two countries are better than any other time." However, he said, "The United States is talking about the Gazipur and Khulna elections on the basis of misinformation." Dr. Rizvi said, "We also want the next election to be participatory and there is no debate about it." The Prime Minister`s International Affairs Advisor thinks that some people are giving false information about Bangladesh to the United States. But he did not comment on who provides the information to the US.
But the investigation of Bangla Insider has shown that in the last few months, some prominent persons from Bangladesh visited the United States. They raised various complaints against the government and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to the US policymakers. They have encouraged the US State Department to interfere in Bangladesh.
Nobel peace laureate, economist Dr. Muhammad Yunus visited the United States last month. Dr. Yunus has a long relationship with the US. Although it is said, he is closely associated with the Democrats, especially the Clinton family but Dr. Yunus has the acceptability to both the Democrats and Republicans. Dr. Yunus spoke mainly about the lack of good governance and the weakness of the democratic system in Bangladesh, while talking about Grameen Bank. At least in two Senate meetings, Yunus emphasized on the role of the US for free, fair and neutral elections in Bangladesh.
A few days before the visit of Dr. Yunus, Dr. Kamal Hossain visited the USA. After joining the Notre Dame University program, Dr. Kamal held important meetings with State Department officials at Washington. Dr. Kamal took lots of complaints with him to the State Department. There he also expressed concerns about `authoritarian` regime in Bangladesh. He gave the examples of how democratic institutions have been destroyed. Barrister Mainul Hosein has visited Washington at the invitation of the US State Department recently. This adviser of the One-Eleven time government is considered as the US agent in Bangladesh. In every political situation in Bangladesh since August 15th, 1975, he was in favor of the US policy. It is known that he went to the United States to join a consultative meeting that was held over Bangladesh related issues. There he has been vocal against the Awami League government.
For these reasons, the United States has become very interested about Bangladesh, say diplomatic sources. However, the government`s closest sources are considering other reasons for such over excitement of the US. In the last few years, the United States lagged behind than China and India in trade in Bangladesh. This has made the United States worried. That`s why the United States brought the issues like good governance and election forward to pressurize the government. The sources said that the United States continued to be lagging behind in Bangladesh in petroleum, electricity and sea economics. The US ambassador failed in lobbying for tenders for her country`s companies. Marcia Bernicat could not manage a meeting with the Prime Minister except courtesy exchange at the state ceremony. Due to the decrement of US trade in Bangladesh, they are now trying to pressurize the government on good governance, elections issues. And this is the policy the US is applying throughout the world at present.