Interim regime planned before polls power handover to AL
The military-controlled interim regime, at least two days before the December 29, 2008 general elections, had planned to hand over power to the Awami League and its leaders Sheikh Hasina on January 10, 2009.
An adviser to the interim regime on December 27, 2008 disclosed the plan to the then US ambassador in Dhaka James F Moriarty.
Moriarty said this in a diplomatic cable he sent to Washington on December 28, 2009 which was released by WikiLeaks on August 30, 2011.
According to the cable, Moriarty met interim regime adviser Ghulam Quader, also a retired major general of the army, on December 27, 2009 to review preparations for the December 29 elections.
At the meeting, Quader noted that January 10, 2009 was set for power handover after the Awami
League had proposed the date as it was the anniversary of of the return of Hasina’s father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Bangladesh in 1972 after the independence war, the cable said.
The cable reads, ‘Quader told the ambassador an internal GOB [government of Bangladesh] surveys showed the AL gaining 180 of the 300 parliamentary seats up for grabs on election day, with the BNP winning 80 seats. The remainder would go to smaller parties and independents.’
According to the cable, Quader stressed the need for a future Awami League government to take a strong stand against terrorism. Quader admitted that he had underestimated the strength of domestic militant groups and the militants detained in those days had confessed to plans to disrupt the elections.
Quader said that it would be important for the Awami League to maintain good relations with the army.
‘Army chief general Moeen Uddin Ahmed had kept the army neutral, which had helped the AL,’ Quader is quoted in the cable to have told Moriarty.
According to the cable, Quader said that he did not think Moeen would seek an extension after his term ended in June 2009. He, however, thought that ‘it would be useful for the AL to offer Moeen a position, for example as minister of defence, after his retirement’.
Quader predicted the AL alliance with the Jatiya Party would not survive long after the elections. ‘If the AL were able to form a government on its own, as the surveys predicted, Hasina would not be interested in giving anything to Jatiya Party president Ershad’ the cable added.
Quader praised Moriarty’s public statements noting that preparations were under way for free, fair, and credible elections: these statements had undermined the BNP’s attempts to claim the playing field was tilted in favour of the Awami League.
Lets go to some past facts related this matter.
- Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil also told in 2009 that
"The Awami League government a product of the RAW-DGFI alliance".
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- Economist's report
"Ever since 2008, when the Awami League, helped by bags of Indian cash and advice, triumphed in general elections in Bangladesh, relations with India have blossomed."
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- Hillary Clinton also told Sheikh Hasin in January during a long tele-conversation that
"I hope you know as much we know, how your government came to power. Don’t forget that we helped you congratulating you after the election terming it as a free and fair. You know Prime Minister, how this election result was pre-arranged at the behest of our good friends in New Delhi. We acted the way they suggested us. And please don’t forget that Gen. Moyeen, who brought you to power, now in the USA and perhaps, we now know, more than you could possibly imagine."
- Also you can see Conspiracy Theories in Bangladesh
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