Dhaka, Bangladesh
Harping on the political past while geopolitics changes fast

Harping on the political past while geopolitics changes fast

News Special Latest political parlances of the parties in position and opposition take people down memory lane--onto controversies over the roles of two reigning generals. However, geopolitics of the day is moving meteorically, touching Bangladesh, too. President Ziaur Rahman and President HM Ershad-both long-time dead-came into political debate in parliament and outside when the lawmakers adopted obituary reference condoling on the recent demise of the latter, who passed away while holding the post of Leader of the Opposition in the current parliament. At the moment of mourning in the party camp, a bitter political fight also shook Ershad's Jatiya Party over party chairmanship and the position left vacant by the patriarch. However, a compromise formula buried the rift for the time being, and his widow Raushan inherited his position in the House and brother GM Quader her deputy. Such arrangement for what is dubbed 'loyal opposition' came, as before, under unsparing critical appreciation by the mainstream opposition party-BNP. "Raushan Ershad is also domesticated leader of the opposition as Ershad was," BNP secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was quoted as saying, evidently in a sequel to the current political rhetoric. Sharp reaction came from him, on behalf of the party, after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina virtually dropped a bombshell during condolence speech. She said both Zia and Ershad cannot be called President as the apex court declared their regimes 'illegal.. Political analysts take exception to such polemics while hard geopolitical developments are affecting Bangladesh-two major ones coming from two fronts, the Rohingya crisis from Myanmar and the NRC from Assam and other parts of India. "A minimal united national stand is imperative to deal with the extraneous adversities," says many an analysts, adding that both sides in the political divide should come forward.

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