October 2006


Sheikh Hasina along with her top leaders meets President and CTG chief Professor Iazuddin Ahmed.

Sheikh Hasina uses elaborate SSF security, Presidential Guard Regiment protocol with multiple flag cars, motorcycle guards on her way to Bangavaban.

14 Part postpones all the hartal and blockade until Nov 3rd.

Peaceful rally by AL at Purana paltan, Muktangon, and by BNP at Naya Paltan. RAB, BDR , police is in full control of the area. No logi, boitha visible in Dhaka streets anymore.

Ershad somersaults again. Now he says he is going with 4 party alliance. Just 3 days ago he mentioned he was not going with 4 party.

People head home, normal life slowly resumes in Dhaka.

Election nomination mad rush begins; slowly.

LDP press conference held. Again B Chowdhury’s mild mannered gentle speech is cut short by Col Oli’s crude trash-talk.

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Dhaka, Oct 29 (bdnews24.com) – The Awami League Sunday night lent quiet support to President Iajuddin Ahmed taking over as head of the caretaker administration and said it was up to him to prove if he was “acceptable”.

“It’s not about accepting him or not. At least not for now … He did not go by the constitution … now that he has taken over we’ll wait and see. It’s now up to him to prove if he is acceptable,”

“We wanted him to appoint a caretaker government by Sunday. He’s done that. But if he hadn’t made himself the head of caretakers, it would have been better.

“He’s violated the constitution which he’s pledge-bound to uphold. There were options in the constitution.”

Hasina criticised the way the President handled the swearing-in ceremony. She said she had received the invitation card “only five minutes before the ceremony”.

“We could have welcomed him if he had done that following the principles of the constitution.”

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BNP betrayed with democracy and started the process to kill what remaining of it we had.

Awami League is a pathetic failure, failing to deliver any hope for the country.

Now President took over the CTG.

A Supreme Court petition is coming. For sure. ( Or very less likely, AL will accept Iazuddin, demand removal of CEC and other EC etc)

What our Supreme Court can do?

By constitution, is it true no one can sue the president? I know at least he can not be held in contempt of court. So does that that mean he does not have to listen to Supreme Court directive?

Can Supreme Court then give a guideline, which will save all the faces ( Those needed a salvage) and at the same time ensure a free and a fair election involving all the parties?

Now It’s Official.

Iajuddin Takes oath.

And No advisors has been declared. No word of any cabinet.

Then who runs the government now? Iajuddin alone can’t.

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President sworn in as chief of caretaker govt

Opposition absent at ceremony, Khaleda happy; Iajuddin seeks blessings, prepares to name 10 advisers

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The two major warring parties were at a reasonable distance. BNP was stationed in front of their office at Naya (New) Paltan and AL was at Purana (Old) Paltan. And ironically the word Paltan loosely means a military garrison.

While the BNP rally, at New Paltan, absolutely peaceful, was having musical soiree performed by the JSS artists, Awami League gathering was first busy using their energy fighting pitched battle with the police for the control of Purana (Old) Paltan.

And while a disciplined New Paltan Rally, filled with corrupt ministers and MPs, was showcasing a calm, confident, reassuring and stable presence of BNP leadership, Awami League then started an unforeseen violent street battle with Jamaat /Shibir. .

While BNP kept their composure in New Paltan, they sent their smaller B team buddy Jamaat to tackle 14 party.
And 14 party took the bait like a hungry fish. They were seen beating to death two jamaat activists while they themselves lost at least two of their workers to jamaat firearms.
Police as expected kept quite. Babar is still playing his game.

And at the end 14 party was seen fighting a lost battle with political minnows Jamaat.

Jamaat gained back all the ground they lost during the five years in rural Bangladesh, where, religion and Muslim communalism still play a big role in election politics.

The first play of the election Drama has just unfolded.

And while 14 party activsts rests for the night, tired, injured, battle fatigued, Khaleda Zia gives the war call, “respond to them in their own language!”

And another drama unfolds in Bangabhavan. 14 party scores first with K M Hassan declining to take the job. However it gets equalized quickly as BNP reportedly refuses to accept Justice Mahmudul Amin and Justice Hamidul Haq citing constitutional clauses.

In two days a total of 17 souls loss their lives.

The New generation leaders of BNP and Old generation leaders of AL/14 party go back to drawing board for tomorrows plan.

And millions of Dhakaites, sick old men, children, pregnant women, while trying to return home after Eid vacation, remain stranded at roads, ports, rivers, trains.

An election looms nearer, the election between a corrup Naya BNP and a disconnected Purana AL while these few days images will be very fresh in memory.

The 31 point Demand:

There was 31 point election reform demand of 14 party alliance. Let me throw a challenge in this board. Do any of you know what those are? After quite a bit of digging, I could unearth 13 of them.

However, we may not know what the 31 points are, but we know who Justice Hassan is. And we all know that he can not perform his constitutional duty because a major political party has to score a victory.

Justice Hassan:

The closer we get to the moment of truth, the more it gets clear that Justice K M Hassan is not accepting the job which has been mandated to him constitutionally.
He is under immense pressure from, well, everyone but ruling 4 party coalition. So who are these “everyone’? They are all the opposition parties, their B teams, including “Shommilito Shangskritik jote, Shommilito nagorik front, Supreme court bar association, plus, otherwise independent voices like all the major dailies including Daily Star, prothom Alo, Ittefaq etc.

Justice Hassan’s fault? He joined BNP at the time it was formed.
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While we wait for the events to unfold within the next few days, let me explain my take on a 3rd political force.

1. Liberal democratic party has been formed and Bangladesh citizens are embracing this new entity in the hope that it will be the much coveted 3rd party. I knew LDP was coming, but was not as elated.

Why not?

B and Mahi Chowdhury with Major Mannan formed a quite organized political party called Bikalpa Dhara within a short time. Mahi has been forced to learn politics from the basic grassroots level. I was hoping Oli and others will join this force under B Chowdhury’s leadership.

Col Oli was in Michigan this summer. No doubt he is relatively honest, headstrong, and outspoken. But I also saw in him was grandiosity, impractical ambition and a lot of rhetoric.

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