BNP's mistakes | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, August 04, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, August 04, 2009

BNP's mistakes

This is nothing but public perception of political events unfolding in Bangladesh. The BNP has made a political mistake by not attending parliament on a flimsy ground of 'front row seats' They have now committed the most irreparable political blunder by refusing to participate in the parliamentary team that went to Tipaimukh on a fact finding mission. The non-cooperation by the opposition parties is only strengthening the hands of the Indian government to deal with the issue of Tipaimukh in their own way.
The negative political approach of the BNP is depriving the nation of getting the opposite views and understanding of the Tipaimukh issues from a different perspective than what the government party lawmakers would present to the nation after the visit.
What would the BNP lawmakers lose by participating and presenting their own views? They could perhaps gain more in terms of public support and fill up the knowledge gap, if any.
After the big political debacle in the last election the BNP has wrongly chosen the simple strategy not to cooperate with the government and to malign the last caretaker government with the hope of a change in the political power play. The normal way is too distant and the BNP might be further weakened politically because of internal quarrel.
I as an ordinary citizen am totally ignorant about the real impact of the Tipaimukh because our experts are yet to provide any creditable picture based on the facts they have in hands. The non-cooperation at the political level and failure of our experts to provide a credible analysis of the impact of the Tipaikukh to the nation independent of any political affiliation have complicated the issue further. A peaceful solution will not be in sight unless the international community and the Indian government show a gesture of goodwill and help Bangladesh to resolve the issue.

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