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BNP’s movement plan in tatters

Update : 21 Mar 2014, 09:02 PM

The BNP is still reeling from the negative impact of its recent “violent” protests that the country saw in its recent hartal and blockade programmes.

When the party is in a total disarray it finds it difficult to reorganise its committees of different tiers with the upazila parishad elections adding woe to its misery. Moreover, arrest of its top level leaders also rubbed salt into its wound.

The party insiders said they were now pressing ahead very cautiously as a single mistake might ruin their entire plan and which is why they had remained silent even after charges were framed against party Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman.

“We know the party rank-and-file members have become demoralised as we failed to announce any programmes protesting framing charge against the party chairperson and her son,”they said.

The leaders think as people never accept destructive programmes they are now abstaining from announcing any such programmes.

They, however, are scared of mounting government oppression on the opposition leaders and activists if they remain off the streets.

A number of senior leaders were reported to have advised Khaleda Zia to go for a comprehensive preparation to launch a vigorous campaign along with grassroots leaders putting pressure on her for the same.

“Standing committee meeting will be called soon and the next course of action programmes will be finalised there,” a standing committee member seeking anonymity told the Dhaka Tribune.

He also said: “We have a plan to wage a movement after reorganising the party and completion of upazila parishad elections, but the detention of the senior leaders and charges framed against the madam (Khaleda) and Tarique Rahman really put us in trouble.”

Now it has become very important for us to prioritise the agenda first, he said.

A joint secretary general of the party wishing not to be named said many district and upazila level leaders were on the run and could not secure bail even from the High Court rather new cases were filed against them over upazila elections.

“The government is filling cases one after another to mount pressure on the BNP and to defuse the movement but it will not work,” Abdullah Al-Noman, vice-chairman of the party, said.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said she would wage movement after reorganising the party as it had been due for a long time.

But by the time detention of the senior leaders including party’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir forced the party to shelve its organisational plan.

However, another senior leader seeking anonymity, said they launched the movement after Khaleda’s eviction from her residence but it went in vain and the legal battle went down badly too.

“There is no alternative to putting pressure on the government because legal battle will not work as the court will act on the instruction of the government,” he said.

Over the last one month the party has announced programmes like demonstration and submission of memorandum but they reportedly received lukewarm responses from leaders and activists from across the country. 

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