In a sense it is a little strange that the country again finds itself in such a mess. The tradition of ‘politics of confrontation’ has landed the country in similar situations before, but this time around many had hoped it would be different. The current government won by a land slide, not just in seats, which so often is the case, but in real votes. But one of the things the government did was to do away with the caretaker government system. This system is simple: when an election is three months away, the government steps down and a neutral high court judge takes over the reins of state. This ensures that the sitting government does not use its powers to cheat in the election. It ensures a level playing field, relatively speaking. It has ensured that every election since 1996 has resulted in a change of government. Now, with that system gone, the opposition has lost its chance of a fair election and hence of its chance of regaining power and positions. It has no reason to hope the government will not try to cheat; the opposition party BNP did the same those many years ago, before the caretaker government system was introduced.
The opposition is using the case of a missing politician, one of theirs, and his driver, as a reason for launching countrywide protests. But it is an excuse. Of course, people should not go missing. But people go missing all the time without any major protest being launched. This ‘oust the government’ campaign is about power. And it is driving the country into the ditch.