With the announcement of the election schedule, BNP plans to shut down Dhaka. The leaders of BNP are openly saying that it is determined to seize Dhaka ahead of upcoming elections. In line with such plans of BNP, the ruling Awami League is also getting prepared.
Awami League has some organizational weaknesses in Dhaka. Immediately after coming to power in 2008, the Dhaka City Awami League was divided into two groups to make the organization dynamic. At present, AKM Rahmat Ullah is the president of Dhaka North City unit Awami League whereas Sadek Khan is the general secretary. Haji Abul Hasnat is the president of the Dhaka south city unit committee, and Shah Alam Murad is the general secretary. But the problem is that these two committees are not reliable for movement on the streets. They have little communication with their workers. Empowering the workers is a very difficult task for these leaders.
But Awami League has information, BNP has planned to launch election-oriented movement targeting Dhaka. BNP leaders have admitted that it is trying to seize the Dhaka city. BNP believes that during the 2014 elections, they were able to destabilize the whole country. But it was not possible to capture Dhaka. BNP blames the Dhaka city leaders and workers for this failure. So, BNP has been making huge preparations for the shutdown of Dhaka. In the fight for seizing Dhaka, other opposition leaders outside BNP have also become active. Mustafa Mohsin Montu, former Jubo League chairman has now shaken hands with Dr. Kamal Hossain`s Gano Forum. Montu built a strong network in Dhaka when he was a Member of Parliament. Now he has become active again before the elections.
In such a situation, Awami League’s high command has directed its party leaders and workers to take responsibility for the organizational activities of Dhaka. Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and State Minister for Textile and Jute Mirza Azam have been selected for this job.
Late mayor Mohammad Hanif was the president of Dhaka Awami League for three terms- 1992, 1997 and 2003- and Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya took the responsibility of general secretary. Under the leadership of these two leaders, the committee of Awami League was very strong and dynamic. In 1994, when Hanif was the president Dhaka city Awami League, he became the first mayor of Dhaka city and made the committee of Awami League very strong. However, for various reasons, Maya is not in the Dhaka city committee now. He has been nominated From Chandpur. Nevertheless, he has been summoned to rejuvenate the Dhaka city committee of Awami League remembering his great contribution for the party. Besides, Nanak and Mirza Azam have also been entrusted with responsibility From the high command.
Jubo League played a great role in creating resistance in Dhaka From 2001 to 2006 when the BNP-Jamaat led government oppressed Awami League. When BNP-Jamaat withdrew From power on October 28, 2006, Awami League’s party office was vandalized.
Jahangir Kabir Nanak and general secretary Mirza Azam defended the party office that day. Both have a good connection with the Dhaka Awami League workers. Therefore, they have been entrusted with such responsibility.
Dhaka south city unit president Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, Dhaka south city unit president Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil and general secretary Md. Ismail Hossain have strong support in Dhaka. They are well-known as workers of Nanak and Azam. Awami League has also instructed them to remain active.
The high command of Awami League realized it that it has some weakness in Dhaka. Therefore, they have been directed to protect Dhaka and face all movements politically. These leaders have already begun to communicate with the workers.
Mayor Hanif and Maya were the undisputed leaders of Dhaka city. They had huge popularity among the workers which the present leaders lack. In such situation, if BNP occupies the streets of Dhaka, Awami League has to prevent them. And BNP is constantly asserting to seize Dhaka. In such situation, Awami League is reactivating its political forces that are the proven soldiers of the streets.