BNP is striving to create new polarization in politics before waging its long awaited movement. BNP insiders imparted, in the wake of Gazipur City Corporation election, the party may announce movement programs. This time BNP intend to form a bigger alliance along with other political parties outside its 20-party alliance on the ‘minimum issue’. BNP has held talks with several other political parties and fronts to go as planned. BNP Standing Committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed acknowledging this said, ‘We want to wage movement in consort with all political parties on the minimum issue.` When asked about what this minimum issue is, he explained, ‘It is to hold the next election in a free, fair and participatory manner.’ However, BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said, ‘We want to form a common platform for the movement on three issues. We want to incorporate all parties except AL.’ According to him, the three issues are 1. The parliament must be dissolved as early as possible and hold a free and fair election under a non-partisan caretaker government. 2. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia must be freed as well as other political prisoners and the harassment cases must be withdrawn. 3. The extrajudicial killing in the name of anti-narcotics drive must be stopped.
BNP insiders said, to wage a united movement, BNP has already held talks with Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, President of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) Bangabir Kader Siddiqui, Gono Forum President Dr. Kamal Hossain, Nagarik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and the left-wing political parties. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul has reportedly spoken to them at his own initiative. An influential leader of BNP said, ‘The election environment of Gazipur city is foretelling us of another rigged election in the country. AL will once again hijack the election result.’ The leader also believed, ‘The Gazipur city election might be the turning point of the politics of Bangladesh. We will definitely not sit still if there is rigging.’
However, BNP wants to warm up the election environment before its movement begins. According to BNP, the political cause must be a positive one to hold successful talks with other political parties. BNP wants to take the movement slowly to a point where the government will be overthrown. In the primary level discussion, the parties have agreed to join the movement ethically. However, the problem is the allegiance between BNP and Jamaat. Kader Siddiqui, as well as the left-wing political parties, has made it clear to BNP that they will not join the movement if Jamaat is included in the alliance. BNP secretary general has assured them of the exclusion of Jamaat. However, several partners from the 20-party alliance will join the movement. Whether BNP forms a new front or not, it is clear that an attempt of polarization in politics against the government is being worked on.
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