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AL knocks foreign doors for support

next national election
Abu Jakir
AL knocks foreign doors for support

The ruling Awami League started knocking on the doors of foreign nations in a bid to garner international support for the Sheikh Hasina government in the next parliamentary election to be held by the end of this year. The ruling party leaders feel that they need international support in the next polls to remain in power.

The earlier national election, held on January 5, 2014, was boycotted by the country’s major opposition BNP. In that election, Awami League had won more than 150 seats unopposed out of 300 in Parliament.

There has been a longstanding distrust between the country’s two main political parties—the AL and BNP. As a result, BNP does not want to participate in the election under the incumbent Hasina administration. Talking to The Independent on Thursday, AL insiders confided that their party high-ups apprehend that, if the BNP boycotts the polls again, it would not be acceptable locally and internationally, and this might lead to the fall of the Hasina government. And that’s why they were trying to garner support from the international community, the insiders added.

“Yes, our party high-ups are working on the issue. They have already directed our different foreign wings to gather support for the present government from the international community,” a member of the AL central committee said, requesting anonymity.

AL deputy office secretary Biplob Barua informed that a three-member delegation, led by party presidium member Abdur Razzak, went to India yesterday at the invitation of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in that country.

“We will definitely seek their support in the next general election during our visit,” said Barua, who will be part of the AL delegation to India.

In a related development, the AL’s UK chapter had written to some 650 British MPs on Tuesday, calling on them to support the Hasina government in the next general election.

The letters, which carried the photos of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his daughter Sheikh Hasina at the top, said the next election would be held by the end of this year. The AL missive added that the BNP-Jamaat nexus may create anarchy to obstruct the government from holding the polls and the British MPs should support the Hasina

administration. The letter to the MPs also mentioned the current government’s development activities, success in curbing militant activities and corruption.

Earlier this week, the foreign ministry had sent some “information notes” to the different embassies in Dhaka, highlighting the government’s stance over the imprisonment of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

The information note mentioned that Khaleda was sentenced to jail for five years by a court after completing legal procedures and the government had no hand in the matter.

On February 8, the Special Judge’s Court-5 of Dhaka had sentenced the BNP chief to five years of rigorous imprisonment in a graft case. Besides, due to the tremendous pressure from the international community, the ruling AL was trying to make the next general election inclusive with the participation of all political parties, especially its arch-rival BNP, to make the polls locally and internationally acceptable, insiders said. But the election will be held under the incumbent Hasina government as per the Constitution, they added.

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