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Friday, April 3, 2015, Chaitra 20, 1421 BS, Jamadius Sani 12, 1436 Hijr

City polls seen a way-out of political standoff
AL, BNP still on top of choice list: Third party a far cry  
Published : Friday, 3 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 55
Jannatul Ferdousy
With three weeks left for elections to Dhaka City Corporations and the Chittagong City Corporation country's politics is going to experience a mood much different from the unrest until a couple of weeks back .
The people have been in the grip of a fear of arson and bomb attacks stemming from the countrywide blockade and frequent hartals called by the BNP -led 20-party alliance.
Political experts told this correspondent that people are now eager to have a way-out of the present political unrest and they think the city polls may make a difference.
They said that the DCC election may be a way of
solution. It appears that people  have no interest in a third party except the two big political parties-BNP and Awami League.
"Actually masses still like the two parties", said Hasan Azad, a journalist.
BNP did not take part in January 5 elections in 2014. It had warned the government of waging a movement. Consequently, after a year, the BNP called countrywide blocked on January 5, 2015 which has been running for 87 days. In the mean time the government has decided to hold the DCC elections.   
Khairul Alam, Joint Director of Bangladesh Bank, told The Daily Observer "Third party means army rule, the people don't want to leave democracy, though there is no proper democracy in Bangladesh but people hope the two parties would establish democracy in the country. And the leftists have absolutely failed to reach the people.  They just throw theory to the people which people do not understand and communicate. Veteran leftists have already joined the AL and BNP. And especially, civil society has lost its image in 1/11 episode. So there is no party in front of the people which could draw their attention, he observed.
"In fact we have no option, so the two parties are leading country's politics. We need the new leadership from young generation to remove the polarization", Barrister Rafiqul Haque told The Daily Observer.
Mujahidul Islam Selim, President of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), told this correspondent, "Media has made the parties popular. Media always broadcast the positive news of the two parties. Moreover, politics is too expensive now. It is the game of money. So we cannot compete in the race. The political field has been polarized by the mentioned parties.
General Secretary of JSD Sharif Nurul Ambia said, "It is true that the people have interest in the two parties. Replying to a question he said, to reach the people we have to put in more efforts".

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