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What would mean Sheikh Hasina’s defeat in the next general election?

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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, writer, research scholar, and counterterrorism specialist. He regularly writes for local and international newspapers.

Bangladesh’s progress and prosperity shall be at stake, if Sheikh Hasina’s government is either overthrown through undemocratic process or if Islamist forces such as Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) manages in stealing results in their favor with the direct help of the Biden administration. In any of these cases, Bangladesh shall be pushed towards the fate of a rogue nation or safe haven for jihadists and Islamists.

Unfortunately though, international conspirators are willing to see Bangladesh as an economically struggling nation thus fully depending on Western aid, citizens in the country are being misled through massive propaganda run by BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and agents of Pakistani spy agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), where very unfortunately the state machinery or the ruling party have miserably failed in countering such well-orchestrated lies and propaganda.

In my opinion – reasons behind such lethargy of the state machinery and the ruling party in taking immediate measures in countering massive propaganda of BNP-Jamaat nexus and its cronies is – they are suffering from hyper-confidence of winning the next general election with landslide victory although international conspirators and their cohorts in Bangladesh are consistently trying to create an atmosphere where people may become totally misguided and cast their votes in favor of anti-Awami League bloc.

Western forces, particularly the Biden administration has been repeatedly pressing Bangladesh’s ruling party to ensure that the next general elections in the country is free and fair. At the same time, they also are demanding reinstating war criminal Jamaat-e-Islami thus enabling it in participating in the election. Any patriotic citizen of the country would outrightly reject such undue desire of the United States. Additionally, while Washington is talking about the next general election to be free and fair, it is showing no signs of convincing Bangladesh Nationalist Party in participating in the election, which can be seen as a sign of serious conspiracy against the country.

Sheikh Hasina warns countrymen

On May 2, 2023, during a civic reception accorded by the expatriate Bangladeshis in the United States, Sheikh Hasina urged the countrymen to stay alert as the anti-liberation elements, killers and arson terrorists never return to power.

Sheikh Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat alliance had burnt many people to death and destroyed thousands of roadside trees during 2013-15 in the name of so-called movement to dislodge the government.
 
She reminded the countrymen that the BNP-Jamaat clique had taken the country on the verge of destruction while the Awami League government put it again on the highways of development in the last 14 years ensuring country’s overall development.
 
“Bangladesh will march ahead and be transformed into a developed and prosperous country as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. We’re working to materialize that dream”, she said.

The prime minister heavily came down on the BNP-Jamaat quarter for carrying out anti-state propaganda at home and abroad cashing in on Digital Bangladesh.
 
“We’ve made Digital Bangladesh. They (BNP-Jamaat) are conducting propaganda against us using the tools of Digital Bangladesh. Don’t pay heed to that propaganda”, she added.

BNP-Jamaat’s chaos in Washington

During Sheikh Hasina’s just-concluded visit to the United States a group of BNP-Jamaat supporters began demonstrating outside the Ritz Carlton hotel, where she was attending a civic reception. At this stage, the Prime Minister asked – “what do they want to say? Let them come and talk to me”. As the officials of the PM went and asked the demonstrators to talk to the Prime Minister, they immediately fled the left the spot proving, they were acting upon instruction from BNP-Jamaat leaders simply to generate chaos and draw attention of the American media. But, none of the international media gave any attention to it as they too were aware – such demonstrations were part of BNP-Jamaat’s conspiracy of tarnishing image of Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

While there is ongoing conspiracy against Bangladesh, let us try to understand the achievements of Sheikh Hasina’s government during the past 14+ years.

Bangladesh never fell into debt trap

On May 1, 2023, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, Bangladesh has never defaulted in repaying loans and fallen into a “debt trap”, calling upon the global development partners including the World Bank (WB) to continue their investments in the digital and physical infrastructures to transform the country into a “Smart Bangladesh” by 2041.

In Bangladesh, the Premier said her government has made impressive gains in food security, free and affordable housing, community healthcare, compulsory primary education, women’s empowerment, financial inclusion, access to electricity, and disaster preparedness.


“We wish to achieve our targets on universal health coverage, quality education, child welfare, skills promotion, urban development, sustainable industrialization, environmental protection and effective institution building”, she said.

Sheikh Hasina wants to ensure a free and fair election

On May 7, 2023 Sheikh Hasina urged the Commonwealth to send diversified election observers to oversee the next parliamentary polls in Bangladesh as Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland paid a courtesy call on her.

“Our Prime Minister raised the issue of election and proposed the Commonwealth to send diversified election observers to oversee the next parliamentary polls”, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told a news briefing.  In reply, the Commonwealth secretary general said they want to help Bangladesh in holding the next general election in a peaceful, fair and participatory manner, Momen added.

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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, writer, research scholar, and counterterrorism specialist. He regularly writes for local and international newspapers.
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