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12:00 AM, May 25, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 25, 2008

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Except a few small political parties or groups, all others are demanding lifting of the state of emergency before the next parliamentary election scheduled to be held in the 3rd week of December 2008. Most of them will presumably make this one of the major issues in the coming political dialogue with the government. But I understand that general people will feel safe if the state of emergency continues for the following reasons until the next general election is over and an elected government takes over the state power.
Now there is state of emergency in the country but there is really no problem in leading a normal and peaceful life except the sufferings of the general people due to sky-high prices of essentials for which EPR is not responsible. Even in this situation we have observed that some violent incidents took place in Dhaka University & the Polytechnic Institute , in the garment sectors and in two universities at Khulna. So what will happen in the absence of EPR is not difficult to realize.
The bigger two political parties are already demanding unconditional release of their party chiefs and threatening to start movement/street violence if the government does not accept their demand. They were even unreasonably expecting some formal declaration from the Chief Adviser during his recent address to the nation about their bosses' release. They are openly expressing doubt about the highest court's performance and deliberations. If the state of emergency is lifted under this condition then there is every possibility that things will go out of control and we may go back to the pre 1/11 situation.
The political parties are demanding lifting of the state of emergency to restart hartal, street violence, fighting with the rival parties or factions and so on. The government has recently lifted the ban on indoor politics and a little further relaxation of the tagged conditions will be sufficient for holding the next general election. On the other hand, the politicians should not go for such actions that may create a situation where the existing CTG will find some reason to prolong their stay in state power.

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