then 22 crorepati families– all of them from the western part of the country (Pakistan). Before that Awami League
won brute majority in 1970 elections under the stewardship of the founding president of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
With the birth of the new nation aspirations for peace and prosperity went very high with much fanfare.But after much funfare the same people began to be frustrated and defranchaised about the misrule of the Bangladesh govt
in between 1972-75. People lost the right to form parties as the govt banned all political parties except one ruling party- Bangladesh Krishak Sramik League- popularly known as BAKSAL. As a result of utter mismanagement of the regime Bangladesh experienced famine, leaving several lakhs dead. People were left into despair. A vacuum was created. People were looking for a platform to heal their wound, vent their anger above all they to speak up against the then one-party rule.
A counter organisational instead of opposion political force replacing the ruling quarters (parties) like Muslim League was working to flourish then and that was Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD). At the same time
In this backdrop grooming up of some patriotic, honest and competent political activists was the demand of the time. Creation of a platform was inevitable in the dark time.Some platforms came into being then including BNP. The space was filled after long 8 years inside the independence.
History repeats itself. It took only 25 years for BNP to take u-turn, toeing the footsteps other pure capitalists and
pro-corporates or disbelieving in the market intervention on the social democratic lines or on Islamic market
monitoring lines.Starting with the professionals the party started to deviate by selling nomination to businesses in
1991 parliamentary polls and lost the ground to do something for the welfare of the people.
Businessmen turned into policymakers of the party, transforming it into businessmen’s and crorepati contractors’ party
BNP hegemony, to change pro-people BNP into pro-business or pro-rich BNP, wholesaly supported the contractors
and other businesses to flourish.Primarily politicians coming into the fold of BNP, turned into business barons
vice versa basically businessmen came to be politicians. Same fate has befallen on the commons with few exceptions of dictators’ days.
Over the years people have seen political wrangle between two capitalists–BNP and Awami League–and it again
frustrated people.Despotic nature of the government prompts the opposition to resort to confrontation
course, creating space for third party. Scope to come to power without people’s mandate was also widened.
So some brave enthusiastic and visionary young guys need to be organised. The organisation will give priority to people’s welfare, check concentration of wealth, practise democracy and social welfare activities. It will promote scholarly people, address farmers’ woes, set up a good number of educational institutes for crores of students to groom up.
Freedom Fighters, national leaders including Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Major General Ziaur Rahman and others will be duly honoured. With organisational strenght, love among the activists, sincerity in grooming students and furthering their career and creating around 25 lakh
jobs along with the vision to safeguard the whole nation from all forms of oppression, repression and exploitation the third force will turn into the alternative to BNP and Awami League in Bangladesh… (to be continued)