On Sunday, BNP held a public rally in Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan where BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed directed his fellow party leaders and workers to take to the streets. Today is October 1st, and no BNP leaders or workers were seen in the streets. Close sources in BNP said BNP leaders and workers became tired after the public rally. Therefore, they could not be seen on the streets or in the party office. The well-known faces who appear in the media often were also not seen anywhere except BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Awami League, on the other hand, was seen in large number taking to the streets of the capital as well as in some parts of the country. AL leaders and workers were seen convincing people to cast their valuable votes for AL once again.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader told Bangla Insider, ‘We’ll continue our activities of public relations. From now on, AL’ll hold public rallies in the capital.’
Several AL leaders told BNP-Jamaat will attempt to launch sabotage in the country ahead of the verdict of Tarique Zia’s 21 August Grenade Attack case. To confront this possible sabotage attack, AL will remain alert.
Political analysts believe this verdict may become a turning point in the politics of Bangladesh. BNP is supposed to set up a showdown in the city on October 10. The last showdown of BNP was on February 8 when the verdict of Zia Orphanage corruption case was delivered. BNP supporters took part in it while their chairperson was being taken to prison. According to sources, BNP wants to set up a bigger showdown on October 10, but, because of the current situation, it remains uncertain whether BNP will be succeed. Moreover, Jamaat played a significant role in BNP`s previous showdown. However, at this stage, Jamaat’s participation in the showdown seems very unlikely.
BNP and Jamaat’s split may not be official but apparently, these two political forces have started walking in separate ways. Jamaat leaders claim they are the ones who gave lives and protest in the streets, and today, BNP is not giving any importance to them. Sources in Jamaat have also confirmed that Jamaat is not interested in the showdown of October 10.
On the other hand, the government has reactivated cases of the BNP leaders and therefore, they are getting arrested. So, the BNP leaders will possibly be in the hideout on the day of showdown to avoid arrest.
Moreover, the national unity process gave the ultimatum to the government to launch a movement if its demands are not met by September 30. However, Dr. Kamal Hossain and Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury have stepped back from this decision. So, BNP will also not get the national unity in the showdown.
AL is gradually taking over Dhaka city. AL, along with its alliance partners, has begun massive activities. So, it will become very difficult for BNP to start a movement.
AL believes everything will be clear after the verdict of October 10. If BNP fails in its plan, it will definitely choose the path of elections.