The Awami League is determined to maintain control of political environment in Bangladesh at any cost, at least until the conclusion of the 11th general elections. The ruling party has decided not to allow the BNP or other opposition parties the opportunity to mount a successful political movement.
The court set February 8 for delivering the verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and five others, on Thursday. The law enforcement agencies have already been ordered to be on high alert on that day.
Awami League leaders belonging to the policy-making level, on condition of anonymity, hinted that a detention drive will be carried out against BNP leaders and activists before the announcement of the verdict, to discourage them.
Addressing the issue, Joint General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, Abdur Rahman said: “No quarter will be allowed to create untoward incidents in the country centring the graft case verdict. The case proceedings against Khaleda Zia are under the jurisdiction of only the court.
“The BNP will have the opportunity to mount a legal defence after the verdict is delivered.”
Echoing the same view, Awami League Presidium member Kazi Zafarullah stated: “Any quarter attempting to sow chaos around Khaleda graft case verdict will face a heavy-handed response.”
Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said: “The verdict on the graft case filed against Khaleda Zia is a matter of the court. We will show zero tolerance against any attempts to create unrest in the country.”
Insiders told the correspondent that the Awami League does not want to give the BNP any opportunity to take to the streets over the graft case verdict. The law enforcement agencies have been tasked with keeping the situation under control.
The Awami League will also take to the streets will political programmes, denying the BNP any opportunity to hold public demonstrations.
The ruling party has already begun an organizational tour throughout the country, and its political activities will be further strengthened ahead of the announcement of the graft case verdict.
According to sources from the policy-making level of the Awami League, it will be difficult to slow down BNP’s movement if they are allowed to take to the streets.
“So the best course of action for the ruling party is not allowing the BNP an opportunity to launch a movement at all,” they added.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com