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bnp moving with an ulterior motive

Extremism won’t help democracy


Published : 02 Dec 2022 10:28 PM | Updated : 03 Dec 2022 05:08 PM

The extremist idea of unseating the ruling Awami League, which has put Bangladesh on a development superhighway, through violence as directed by BNP’s London-based leadership is a clear indication of leading BNP towards a political quagmire like that in 2014 and 2018.

Considering position of the main decision maker of the BNP, it seems that the party would not take part in the next parliament election under the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, though political conscious people of the country think that the BNP might take part in the election at last. 

Rather, the BNP, sources said, would keep continued its attempt to unseat the Sheikh Hasina-led government at any cost. They would not care about the democracy, the constitution of the country and even the decision of the Supreme Court. 

The sources also said the BNP has no headache about the democratic system and norms, as its main leader in self-exile just wants to get Sheikh Hasina out from the power. And this is why, the BNP’s acting chief, who is a convict and absconding abroad, is ready to do anything to fulfill the target.

The BNP is continuing movement demanding the resignation of the government, which came to power through voting and democratic process and is running the country for three consecutive terms. The BNP is also demanding a caretaker government that constitutional provisions do not permit. The Supreme Court in one of its decisions declared the caretaker government system illegal.

In this circumstance, there is no possibility of fulfillment of the demands of the BNP unless all other political parties get united under the umbrella of the BNP. The party has neither public support nor has it the support from all the political parties like in 1990 during the anti-Ershad movement and in 1996 during the anti-Khaleda movement.

Sources from different quarters said the BNP is now being run at the directives of a leader, who has neither any communication with mass people nor any idea about the existing political situation of the country.

It is widely known that BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman, son of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, is making all the decisions of the party staying in London through videoconference or over phone.

Sources said most of the BNP leaders, activists and supports want to take part in the next election, but Tarique Rahman does not care about their opinion. His main target is to get Sheikh Hasina out from power at any cost. So he cares little about the democratic system.

It should be mentioned that many attempts have been taken earlier to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. One of the attempts was taken on August 21 in 2004 through grenade attacks. Tarique Rahman was the mastermind of the heinous act. 

Moreover, in 2014, the country experienced a horrific situation as several hundred people were killed through patrol bombs. Hundreds of educational institutions and offices were blown up just to create anarchy and make the situation of the country instable.

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