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What is BNP up to?

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Published on : 13 April 2018, 10:02 PM
What is BNP up to?
The quota reform movement has ended for now. But its relish remains in the politics of the country. The government managed to control the quota reform movement successfully. It has been proved that the BNP wanted to use this movement as a `government overthrow` tool. On Friday, the Awami League General Secretary and the Road Transport and Bridges Minister said, "London conspiracy was behind the quota movement." BNP has now gone into hiding after the audio of the conversation of Tarique Zia and Professor Mamun Ahmed went viral. BNP does not have any program now.  Without the briefing of Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, BNP has no visible action. After the end of the quota reform movement, the question is what will BNP do now?

After the quota reform movement, last year`s anti-VAT protest movement and the anti-online VAT protest movement of businessmen, one thing is clear: the government accepts the demands and came to the negotiation if the movement occurred on the popular issue. The government does not want to go into conflict just a few months before the election. Then the question arises, why can`t BNP build a people-oriented movement? BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed acknowledged that there is a lot to learn from the quota reform movement. He said, "We could not do such a movement with the people against the government." However, another BNP leader Amir Khasru Chowdhury has a different opinion. According to him, “The government is not allowing us to stand. We cannot make a public rally in Dhaka. The procession is far away." But the pro-BNP intellectual and public health trustee Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury said the Amir Khasru`s statement the delirium of a defeated person. He said, "If the BNP gets one lac people in the streets in Dhaka, will the government be able to interrupt?" According to him, "The movement against whom you want to do can`t depend on getting the permission.” Another pro-BNP intellectual and former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Dr. Emajuddin Ahmed thinks, "BNP has public support but does not have involvement with the public. BNP is not trying to have movement with the people."

Begum Khaleda Zia is in prison for more than two months. Most of the party leaders are in hiding. In the grassroots, the activists are either in jail or in hiding because of the various case against them. In this situation, there is increasing frustration within BNP. They blame each other. The fears that many senior leaders of BNP may be involved in the latest quota reform movement. The situation will affect the two city elections scheduled on May 15. In this situation what will BNP do? BNP can take two lessons from the quota reform movement. The first lesson is if the demand for the movement is popular people will join automatically. The second lesson, it is difficult to overthrow the current government through conspiracy. Will BNP take these lessons? Can BNP fix its new course with these lessons?

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