The ruling Awami League high command has instructed its district, upazila and union level leaders to be alert to thwart any untoward incident following the verdict of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman on February 8.
It also directed the grassroots leaders of the party and its affiliated organisations to make units comprising ward level leaders and activists to thwart BNP and Jamaat activists on streets.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has already discussed the matter with all district-level leaders and sent them letters mentioning four-point instructions.
“The general secretary sent letters to the presidents and general secretaries of all districts, upazilas and unions as well as affiliated organisations on Saturday and asked them to bar BNP from creating anarchy from February 7 to 9,” said Abdus Sobhan Golap, office secretary of Awami League.
The four-point instructions include remaining alert and making people aware about BNP’s move, continuing the party member collection program, forming election running committees and organising trainings for polling agents for the upcoming general elections, said Golap, also special aide to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Mohammad Iqbal Hossain Sabuj, general secretary of Awami League Gazipur district unit, said the party’s general secretary called him on Saturday evening and asked him to remain alert over possible anarchy by BNP-Jamaat activists over the February 8 verdict.
“To prevent BNP and Jamaat from creating anarchy and save people he (Quader) asked us to stay on each street of the district between February 7 and 9 and we will follow his direction,” Sabuj said.
He also confirmed of receiving the letter on Sunday signed by Obaidul Quader.
Awami League senior leaders who acknowledged receiving letters and phone calls told the Dhaka Tribune that BNP will try to create unrest following the verdict and it has already started to mobilise party activists from outside of the capital.
“BNP will not be allowed on streets to create anarchy. To tackle them, law enforcers will be deployed. The Awami League will also face BNP politically, especially in Dhaka and all preparations are complete to that end,” said a presidium member of Awami League preferring anonymity.
Dhaka’s Fifth Special Judge Court set February 8 to deliver its judgment in the corruption case, against BNP chairperson Khaleda and five others filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for embezzling Tk 2.1 crore from the Zia Orphanage Trust’s fund.
If convicted, she will have to face life imprisonment. BNP has claimed that the government is trying to influence the court.