Published:  03:05 AM, 14 March 2018

Political parties get intolerant

Ruling and opposition parties do not practice intra and interparty democracy even in parliamentary function, together with not willing to establish a peaceful and integrated political culture for making relations between  ruling and opposition parties, an academic team comprising Assistant Professor and a Lecturer of The Asian University of Bangladesh said in its research.

According to the research, the time is now for Bangladesh to mitigate the uncomfortable situation urgently. Though the establishing parliamentary democratic culture was a great vision of Bangladesh's people, ultimately that has yet to be achieved. All the time political leaders of Bangladesh give their commitment to establish democracy.

Now Bangladesh has entered into the period of holding the 11th parliamentary election and the ruling party has already deactivated the provision of caretaker government. As a result, the election to held likely in this year under the ruling party government, Awami Leagues confirmed it.

But, the main opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is used to standing against the bid initiated by the incumbent government in holding the 11th national election. The BNP reiterated to hold the next election under a supportive government, though party is yet to disclose the nature of supportive government, BNP party sources said.

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed has told The Asian Age that considering all aspects, BNP will have the choice to participate the 11th parliamentary election otherwise the party may inoperative in the days to come.

Despite such sign of confrontational political activities, expressing positive aspect, Professor Dr. Mejba Kamal said the fearful political culture started from the 10th general election is deeply penetrated in the political leaders of AL and BNP and numerous charges brought against the opposition leaders are still alive.

Special emphasis is laid on equality in democracy and there is no way of showing disparity among the people on the basis of caste, religion and position of status. As a result, the people enjoy maximum liberty and equality because criticism of the people is not only tolerated in this system, but it is also encouraged. In UK the government pays the leader of the opposition and Prime Minister consults him in national crisis, a study titled Democracy in Bangladesh: Problems and Prospects said.

Politics in Bangladesh is confrontational in nature where there is no cooperation, trust and solidarity among the political parties and groups. They are used to opposing each other only for the sake of opposition and the country is repeatedly facing confrontational politics, the political analysts said.

-P R Biswas, AA

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