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AL basks in ‘BNP failure’ to wage movement

Abu Jakir

The BNP’s inability to wage any stronger anti-government movement will definitely help the Awami League (AL) in the next general election, ruling party sources have said. Even though the BNP often threatened to launch a tougher anti-government movement, they have failed to do so. The AL sources said they believe that their arch-enemy would not be able to launch a tougher movement ahead of the next general election. This is because the AL’s resolute stand on holding the next polls in the line with the constitutional guidelines.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also the president of the AL, already announced that the 11th parliamentary elections would be held in December.

The Election Commission (EC) on Monday said it would announce the poll schedule in October.

The AL has been insisting that the next polls would be held in time irrespective of the participation of any political party.

After the January 5 general election in 2014, the BNP had launched a three-month violent programme against the Hasina administration. Since then, the party has not been able to launch any tough agitation due to the unwavering stand of the Hasina government.

AL leaders often said the BNP would not be able to launch a tough movement against the government as that party has no organisational strength. Besides, the people are not with the BNP for its negative politics and violent movement, the leaders added.

Talking on the issue with this correspondent, several ruling party leaders said they are not worried about the BNP as it has failed to launch any tough agitation over the past nine years.

About the BNP’s movement, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said: “The BNP has become isolated from the people due to its negative politics. The party has failed to wage any vigorous movement to push its demands.”

“BNP workers could not launch any agitation after their party chief, Khaleda Zia, was sent to jail in connection with a graft case. We aren’t worried about their movement,” he added.   

When contacted, AL central committee member Iqbal Hossain Apu said: “We believe that the BNP won’t be able to launch any movement ahead of the next polls. It’s definitely a relief for us.”

Talking to this correspondent, AL presidium

member Mohammad Nasim said: “The BNP doesn’t know how to launch a tough movement. Besides, the people are not with the party for its violent programmes. We launched a movement against the BNP-Jamaat government—we took to the street and faced batons. We didn’t move back. But the BNP fears police batons.”

The BNP plans to launch a series of programmes after Eid-ul-Fitr to force the government to release Khaleda Zia from prison.

BNP leaders think that Khaleda’s release depends more on the government’s political decision than on the judiciary.

A poll-time neutral government will be the other demand, which the BNP will highlight during its post-Eid stir.

Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in prison in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 by a special judge’s court in Dhaka.

AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said: “The BNP will try to create anarchy this year to destabilise the government. But we’ll remain alert and foil its conspiracy. If it creates any trouble, our law enforcers will do the needful.”

 

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