The latest bomb exploded on October 14 by Transparency International’s Bangladesh Chapter: 97 percent of 149 MPs are involved in negative activities; of them, 70% in criminal activities while 53.5% carried out those activities in person. Evidently, only 24.1% of the 70% faced criminal charges.
Of the MPs, 57 percent are also involved in positive activities like setting up school, expanding health service and constructing roads.
The MPs indulged in negative activities also do some positive work at the same time.
Of those surveyed, 141 are male, 136 are of treasury bench, 27 ministers or state ministers.
They were selected from 188 MPs against who media reports were available as allegations of land grabbing, tender manipulation and putting influence in different matters for personal gains.
Respondents were 600 on 42 districts. They are teachers, businessmen, lawyers, journalists and others.
The extent of negative activities include influencing on administrative work (81.8%), control over educational institutions (76.9%), misappropriating development budget (75.5%), influencing in public purchase (69.2%), taking allotment of plots by giving wrong information (8.4%) and others (16.1%).
These 97 percent comprises seven women MPs, 27 ministers/state ministers and eight opposition MPs.
The PM said the report was a wrong one, ill-motivated ahead of the polls, like the TIB did ahead of 2001 polls.
She could not stop asking why the TIB had published the report, apparently against the govt, when an experts’ panel of the World Bank is on a visit to Dhaka.
It is a conspiracy to bring unelected people to power. It is against democracy (of her party?)
She could conincide and smell rats in the report, which she fears, may help establishing the govt’s corruption activities along with others violations of human rights.
She wanted to mean that a vested quarter favouring unelected governments were active in similar activity. She fears she might be thrown from the helm into jail.
This is what she has been feeling for the past couple of months. Probably after getting intelligence reports on the party’s organisational status, acceptance among people, activities of the MPs, and a chance of losing around 100 seats in the next polls.
In the meantime, several mega scams and controversies have literally pushed her government backwards, beginning with the stock market scam, quick rental power generation scheme, constitutional amendment, inflation, Padma Bridge corruption, Destiny magic, manpower market hitches, railway recruitment scandal, Rohingya shelter issue, Sonali Bank & Hall-Mark loan scam, attacks on indigenous people in Rangamati, and latest on Buddhists in Ramu and nearby areas.
These incidents have triggered the people’s concerns since they have been witnessing many other day-to-day problems caused by the inefficiency, corruption, irregularities, nepotism and criminal activities of the power group and the businessmen.
Because of these evil forces, the crises in the country persist and unfortunately, now increasing alarmingly — only because that the ruling party leader did not learn anything from the past, but, she, obviously, knows a lot.
I wonder where has her patience gone?
Where is her commitment to going tough against corruption?
Has she forgot that she wanted to present people a governemt of change?
After her coming into power in January 2009, we saw few unique ideas and lesser development activities carried out to make a change.
Why ia she so much worried about losing power?
This is what we witnessed during the term of BNP-Jamaat alliance government. They indulged in corruption, crime and cruelty while politicising every sector of the country.
The BNP and Jamaat — two barking dogs — are now in complacency since their representation in parliament is pretty low and the government is awarding them many issues to wage movement.
However, the BNP has failed in the last four years to fortify its movement due to some lack in its leadership from top and down to the grassroots and for being with more than a dozen fundamental Islamist parties.
In this vaccum, only the left-leaning alliance could fit with the help of former bureaucrats, lawyers, NGO workers, teachers, artistes, journalists and social workers.
But they are divided into thousand parts, though they have wider acceptance among people, mostly those educated and those conscious.
Former miliatry dictator HM Ershad thinks people would elect him prime minister as they are ridiculed by the two top leaders. He, in the meantime, requested the MPs at a parliament session not to call him ‘dictator’, it hurts!
But, whatever the present condition, is it ‘okay’ for a prime minister to refute any allegation outright, especially only a year about the polls? Does it give people any positive impression about the ruler?
Sorry! Absolutely not!!!
## Please allow me to share with you some other interesting and realistic reactions:
1. TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman says the report’s motive is to strengthen democracy so that the problems are fixed.
2. Senior Awami League leader Matia Chowdhury says the report aimed at impeding democratic practice by inviting undemocratic forces in power. She alleged that the TIB did it out of vengeance since one of top officials could not run the 2008 polls! She claims TIB takes foreign money against the country’s democracy, and asked why it was silent during the past military-backed caretaker government period.
3. Workers’ Party chief Rashed Khan Menon said the report was not at all acceptable!
4. AL general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said the TIB wanted to encourage those who want to see unelected people in power.
5. AL MP Tarana Halim said it was misleading, contradictory and an incomplete report that may send people wrong message about MPs.
6. Dhaka University VC, a pro-Awami League teacher, Arefin Siddique said the TIB should have explained to people methodology of the report.
7. Speaker Abdul Hamid terms the report wrong and a threat to democracy. He said only some MPs might be involved in negative activities. He asked if TIB could run the country by floating a political party with good people. He questioned the small number of respondents and not covering all the 64 districts.
8. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said the government would examine the report and if anyone is found guilty would be punished.
9. The unique style of corruption in Bangladesh affects commonest. Here no preventive measures are taken. Authorities deny outright. Therefore, it spreads.
We should have sent the report to the speaker beforehand.
We held open group discussions with 600 people, and verified the allegations with victims. But did not contact the accused MPs.
…this debate will be continued, possibly up to the next polls, which is still uncertain to be held in a fair manner.
So, bad days ahead, I feel! Sorry 😦
But I am not worried about ‘losing crown’ 😀