Religious populism is showing its teeth to the secular Awami League-led government and this time, the upcoming statue of Bangladesh's founding father is at stake.
Student unions were banned in the country in the 1980s but now Imran Khan's government is at a crossroads between lifting the curbs or facing fresh opposition in the form of campus activism.
Election official says Bangladesh's ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won Sunday's violence-marred election with 288 seats, enabling it to form a government. The opposition has rejected the result and called for a new vote.
Clashes between supporters of the ruling party and opposition and the use of force by the police resulted in the deaths of at least 18 people on election day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is widely expected to win a record fourth term in a vote that is dominated by opposition claims that they have been shackled by a government clampdown.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is poised to win fourth term in Sunday's contest, but press freedom continues to be curtailed and the opposition leaders are jailed on whimsical grounds.
Bangladesh has also ordered the shutdown of high-speed mobile internet services ahead of this weekend's national election, local media reports, while the US and UN have expressed concerns over the looming polls.
While opposition parties have cried foul over transparency concerns, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, seeking a third straight term and a record fourth in all, shrugs off the complaints.
Secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and oppsotion spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, urges the country's figurehead president to appoint a neutral person to the post of chief election commissioner.
Facebook and Twitter have shuttered fake pages and accounts they say are linked to the government. The move comes ahead of December 30 elections, in a nation where the political divide between the two major parties has widened and become more bitter.
Weeks before crucial elections, senior military officers voice uncharacteristic support for the governing Awami League despite a history of tense relations.
Elections in Bangladesh are often violent and marred by ballot-stuffing and voter intimidation. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her rival Khaleda Zia have alternated in power over the last 28 years.
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