16 Jul 2015


A democracy comprises political parties, leaders, workers and supporters. People change political parties based on the situation and even personal benefits, which is a very common and natural thing to do.
Generally these party changes happen before an election, but in Bangladesh the rush is still on after the election on 5th January, 2014.  During the last one and half years reports are coming in from various districts and upazilas about twenty thousand workers/supporters from BNP and Jamaat having joined Awami League and more continuing to do so.
According to some political analysts and top leaders of political parties, there is no principle behind the change of parties, they are doing it only for one’s benefit and survival in politics. During the late nineties, before the fall of Ershad, there was an undertaking in the three party alliance that any leader or worker from Jatiya Party will not be accommodated but the exodus of JP leaders could not be stopped, who went on to join the government party and merged completely. There were jokes on changing political parties after the fall of Ershad.
There is chatter of changes in political parties in Bangladesh after a recently published news article.  According to political analysts more jumps will take place after this news. Thee e-mail communications between the Saudi Ambassador in Dhaka and his country have been posted online by WikiLeaks. These reveal the following:-
1.   The late Saudi King Badshaw Abdullah issued an order on 25thNovember, 2011 not to interfere in the internal affairs of Bangladesh.
2.   Jamaat e- Islam of Bangladesh has requested Saudi Arabia a number of times to interfere with Bangladesh government for stopping the trial of war criminals. Begum Zia also requested Saudi Arabia to negotiate with Bangladesh government to end the political crisis. But Saudi Arabia did not respond.
3.   The government in Saudi Arabia received a request for the treatment of the younger son (Arafat) of Martyr President Ziauar Rahman and Khaleda Zia to be done at the Badshaw Faisal Specialist Hospital at Riyadh.  Since Arafat was convicted on corruption, Saudi Arabia did not agree on this proposal.
According to the WikiLeaks report, as Arafat was undergoing treatment in Bangkok in a hospital with equal facility like Faisal Hospital, Riyadh decided not to accept this request as it may also strain relation with Sk. Hasina’sgovernment.
  It is to be mentioned that Dr.Busairi was the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Dhaka during a long tenure from 2008 to 2014 and all the emails were exchanged during that period. On the trial of war criminals, Saudi Arabia did not say anything to the Awami League government, instead Bangladesh kept them informed and updated.
Recently during the Yemen crisis, Pakistan did not respond to Saudi Arabia but Bangladesh was with them for which Saudi Arabia is very happy with the Bangladesh government. People had a different idea about the relation between Saudi Arabia and Awami League government but the truth has come out after the WikiLeaks revelation.
BNP and Jamaat are disappointed after WikiLeaks leaked the news. Jamaat -e- Islam was receiving help from Saudi Arabia from its inception but after these revelations, Jamaat has been left perplexed. The clever Jamaat supporters are now changing their political parties for their survival. A time will come when Jamaat will be completely wiped out of Bangladesh.  Meanwhile, Begum Zia has suddenly postponed her prefixed visit to perform ‘Umrah’ in Saudi Arabia owing to the Wikileaks.

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