Bangladesh’s Tariqat Federation has turn out to be an oddball within the nation’s political panorama, which is now bleak for lack of efficient opposition events.
“What Tariqat proposes, occurs” is the brand new buzzword in political circles. Curiously, the ruling Awami League, which principally opposes the opposition’s calls for, at all times agreed to Tariqat’s proposals.
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In keeping with occasions over the previous few years, the Electoral Fee’s choice to deploy EVMs (digital voting machines) marked the most recent feat by Tariqat, the nation’s one-seat Islamic celebration.
Of the 39 registered political events, 19, together with the Jatiya Occasion – the principle opposition in parliament – and the BNP, have opposed using EVMs within the subsequent nationwide elections.
On the EC’s 17-31 July dialogue with political events, solely three events – the AL and its ally Samyabadi Dal and like-minded Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh – known as for using EVMs in elections.
However Tariqat was very particular together with his proposal: EVMs for 150 seats. And that’s the choice that the EC lastly made.
Tariqat Federation hit the mark once more. However was the arrow actually shot at nighttime?
The celebration is on the street to success with regards to proposing one thing on a nationwide difficulty and having its suggestions accepted.
She had proposed former Senior Secretary Kazi Habibul Awal as Chief Election Commissioner and the President appointed Awal CEC.
She had beneficial Brigadier Normal (retd) Ahsan Habib Khan as election commissioner, which he turned.
5 years in the past the Tariqat Federation beneficial KM Nurul Huda for CEC and ultimately he bought the submit.
Of the 39 registered political events, 28 joined the latest dialogue with the EC and 9, together with the BNP, stayed away. Two events wished one other time for talks.
Through the talks, 10 events, together with the most important opposition celebration in Parliament, the Jatiya Occasion and the Gono Discussion board, vehemently opposed using EVMs.
The Tariqat Federation claimed to be extra diligent than others when requested why their suggestions had been accepted whereas these made by different events.
Its chairman, Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari, informed this newspaper: “Earlier than we make a proposal, we at all times give it some thought and we’ve got made good proposals, so these proposals have produced good outcomes.
“No political celebration has made this proposal [EVMs for 150 constituencies]. However we did. We made the proposal taking into consideration the capability of the electoral fee. The electoral fee’s choice proved that our proposal was logical and lifelike.”
Maizbhandari was assured of their profitable streak and stated that the EC would additionally settle for the primary suggestion they made in the course of the dialogue.
“I’m certain that the electoral fee will determine to carry the elections in phases.”
Through the talks, the celebration additionally known as for using navy personnel to guard poll papers and EVMs, and for a monitoring committee to be arrange with officers from the inside and protection ministries.
The EC stated on August 22 that it was reviewing the overall election proposal in phases.