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AL still worried about non-political but popular demo

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  1. Homo Sapiens

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    AL still worried about non-political but popular demo
    Anowar Hossain . Dhaka | Update: 20:57, Aug 12, 2018

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    Stunned by the popular outbursts over non-political issues in recent times, ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) is apprehensive of similar movement ahead of the next general elections.

    Party insiders think agitation by non-political elements has attained popular support since they understand the demands are logical.

    Social media networks have played a key role in shaping public opinions while, the AL leaders say, the anti-government forces have tried to take full advantage of the situation.

    Some of them have admitted that the government had to take unpopular steps of using coercion, arresting some and controlling the social media networks in order to quell the demonstration.

    AL presidium member Faruk Khan claimed, “The BNP-Jamaat alliance has made conspiracy and mixed politics with students’ demonstration to make it violent. It may try to do the same ahead of national elections. But the government and the Awami League are cautious of such moves.”

    The AL government was shaken by the recent demonstration by the students for safe roads following deaths of two students in road crash on Airport Road in Dhaka. Jobseekers had earlier launched a movement demanding reform in the quota system in the public services.

    However, the government and the ruling party policymakers feel they have managed to tackle the students’ demonstrations for safe roads and quota reform for the time being.

    Readymade garment (RMG) workers may take to the streets demanding pay hike, ahead of the elections, AL leaders fear.

    Also, teachers’ demand for inclusion in the government’s pay-roll called MPO (monthly pay order) is yet to be settled and they may in the coming days try to mount pressure on the government for accepting their demands.

    The AL alliance leaders, at a meeting of the 14-party alliance at the Workers’ Party office on Thursday, asked the government to be cautious and accept the logical demands.

    The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) could not put up any resistance - neither in parliament nor on the streets -after the AL-led grand alliance had assumed office in 2009.

    The BNP had instead suffered criticism at home and abroad as its movement for holding the polls under a neutral government turned violent before and after 5 January 2014 elections.

    Despite jailing of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case in February this year, the BNP could not launch any agitation to free her.

    The government was comfortable in taking preparations for the next general elections, but it fell in trouble since the demonstration for quota reform began. And it was embarrassed again when the younger students took to the streets demanding safe road.

    In both the cases, the government was compelled to accept the ‘logical’ demands although the AL policymakers considered this gesture a tactical ploy.

    The students of private universities had earlier in 2015 launched a demonstration against imposition of value added tax (VAT). The government, however, backtracked on the move and as usual, the AL leaders called this a step to stop them there.

    AL policymakers believe the anti-government forces may launch a movement ahead of the national elections. So, they added, the AL has prepared its organisation in the name of election preparations to counter the demonstration. However, the party could not anticipate the movements by the students.

    The AL had secured support from the youth with the slogan for change during the 2008 elections. But, an AL central leader seeking anonymity said the younger generation has this time around challenged the government.

    “The Awami League will have to recalculate its strategy,” the leader pointed out.

    AL publicity and publication secretary Hasan Mahmud claimed that the youth are not annoyed with the government, rather “they are happy as their demands are met”.

    Some in the ruling camp say the opposition and some external forces have instigated the demonstration to embarrass the government and ensure its fall. So, they think, the protests have to be dealt with an iron hand.

    Some leaders, however, think both of the movements are absolutely non-political and the situation would not have reached such a height had the government immediately met the demands.

    AL policymakers said the government wants to reform the quota system and it wanted to do so after the next elections.

    Terming both the recent movements - for quota reform and safe road - as logical, Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik said the common people supported them and these demonstrations also embarrassed the government.

    Dwelling on the AL’s allegation of conspiracy about the movements, he said, “It’s a political statement and there is no basis of it.”

    *This report, originally published in print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.
     
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    Quota reformists set fresh deadline for govt
    Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Update: 15:59, Aug 12, 2018

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    Quota reformists have threatened a tough movement unless a gazette with changes in the quota system for government service is published by 31 August.

    “We will launch a tough movement if the gazette for quota reforms is not published by 31 August,” said quota reform leader Bin Yamin at a protest rally in front of the National Museum on Sunday morning.

    He also demanded the release of those who were arrested for launching the movement for quota reforms.

    The protestors under the banner of Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Sangrokkhon Mancha (General Students’ Rights Protection Council) gathered in front of Aparajeo Bangla of Dhaka University at 11:00am on Sunday.

    Ruling party Awami League’s student wing Chhatra League brought out a counter-rally there and the quota protesters moved to the Raju sculpture. The leaders and activists of BCL foiled their gathering there too.

    Later, the protesters assembled in front of the National Museum for a few minutes.

    Addressing the protest rally there, the joint convener of the platform, Bin Yamin, said all the detained persons have to be released before Eid. Besides, all students of private universities, who were detained for demanding safe roads, will have to be released unconditionally.

    The family of Rashed Khan, who was earlier arrested for the launching movement against the quota system, joined the protest rally too.

    Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Sangrokkhon Mancha convener Hasan Al Mamun was present at the gathering.

    Following prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement on 11 April to cancel quotas in the government service, the quota protesters set deadlines at different times to publish a gazette regarding reforms of the quota system.
     
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    There will be huge demo right before the election. AL played it's card wrong.
    FF quota is not sustainable, they are hanging on to a dead tree.
     
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    The pressure is building in the cooking pot. When it explodes the witch of the East will be gone.
     
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    They underestimated common people's ability to spontaneously organize for just causes.No people in this world will accept preservation of 30% of govt. jobs for just 1% of candidate.No matter how big those candidate's father/grand father sacrificed for the country. Govt. jobs are still the 1st choice of common people. Even the tribal quota of 5% is very unjust. Tribals are just 1% of BD's population, why we have to preserve 5% govt. jobs for them? Nowhere in the world, where affirmation things are present, shower the disadvantaged community of such 30 times or 5 times more benefit related to their numerical strength.These things need immediate reversal.
     
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    You need to stop fighting over crumbs and start building bigger cakes so everyone can have a piece.
     
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    Govt cake should get smaller to be honest so people stop fighting for it.

    Once upon a time people were totally dependent of political parties to organize. But with the advent of social media, political parties becoming irrelevant these days.
     
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    Your posts make sense when you type not under the influence of liquids.
     
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    টাক ধুমাধুম টাক ধুমাধুম
    বিদ্যুতের আকাল খাইলো খালেদারে
    ডিজিটাল বাংলাদেশ এখন খাইবো হাসিনারে।
    টাক ধুমাধুম টাক ধুমাধুম।
     
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    The Gov needs to provide decent services to it's people so there is a need for jobs in Gov services. Also the Gov should provide some sort of competition to the private sector and vice versa else the private sector starts to blackmail the gov and fail the people who finance them to power. At the end of the day it is all about circulation of money and it is the peoples money the private sector use to rise to their monopolistic positions.
     
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