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`Malaysia model` to overthrow AL?

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Published on : 10 August 2018, 08:00 PM
`Malaysia model` to overthrow AL?
Discussions are going on between political parties with the manifestation of the formation of an all-party government excluding Awami League and Jamaat. Some Western consulates and civil society group, including the United States of America, are involved in this discussion. BNP also wants to join such an election challenging the ruling Awami League government. However, in this case BNP`s main condition is Khaleda Zia`s release. 

According to BNP, as in Malaysia, Mahathir Bin Mohamad-led alliance made an agreement before the elections, where it was said that if this alliance won, Anwar Ibrahim would be freed within the shortest time. Similarly, BNP wants such conditions before the elections. According to the sources, BNP will participate in such a coalition if they agree on those conditions. The latest political initiative in the diplomatic zone has been named `Malaysia Model`. 

It is to be noted that previously retired Mahathir Bin Mohamad brought allegations of corruption against Najib Razak`s party and participated in the national election after quashing his retirement. Mahathir Mohamad formed coalition with Anwar Ibrahim whom he expelled from the deputy prime minister`s post. He defeated his former party and his former disciple Najib Razak. The US embassy is seeking a similar coalition against the present government in Bangladesh like Malaysia where there will be all democratic parties excluding Awami League. For this reason a part of civil society, sponsored by the United States, is working to organize a dialogue between the political parties. According to the news of political sources, the unity of the remaining political parties except BNP is fairly final. United Front has already been formed, parties outside the United Front, such as the Gano Forum and the Left Front, are also keen to join this alliance. But those who are the main organizers of such a coalition say that without BNP such alliance is meaningless. According to them, except for BNP, the leaders of the remaining parties have their acceptability and respect in the society, but they do not have the support in the voting ground. An intellectual who is involved with such an initiative acknowledged, "Awami League and BNP still occupy the whole voting dymanics of Bangladesh." According to him, "There is no alternative to BNP in the all-party coalition to defeat the current government through the election." A source says, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam would like to join such a coalition even it requirez sacrifice. He showed the reasons in favor of this coalition in front of his closest persons of the party. One of them is the release of Begum Zia. Fakhrul also thinks that if such a force wins the election, BNP will be the main controlling force to make the decision.

Many leaders of BNP say that now the main aim of the BNP is not to go to power, but to overthrow Awami League from power. However, many BNP leaders think that Begum Zia and Tarique Zia only have the power to make decisions on this issue. Moreover, many people of BNP also think that Dr. Kamal Hossain is not as charismatic as Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad.
 

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