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Destination less movement, Decision less BNP
BdChronicle Special Report:
The political deadlock has been passing the 10th week of its ravaging which is responsible for killing more than 120 people, injuring thousand and paralysing the country’s economy confusing the country’s prospects and its peoples.
While the government refuses to sit for dialogue with the major opposition parties, on the other hand the movement has been down beat. BNP’s allies are so far invisible on the street. So where the movement’s destination and when will it conclude?
The leading leader of 20 party alliances’ said, “The blockade can’t create any massive impact in the motion of the government”. They blamed the collective indecision inside BNP.
Kalyan Party Chairman Maj. Gen. (Retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim said, “BNP can’t create a common platform with allies and even BNP itself is facing indecision which is the main reason behind the ineffective movement”.
“Although the international communities are concerned about the ailing political condition in Bangladesh, but interestingly the govt. has been denying that”.
“Fighting such ‘criminal cases’ being lodged by the government implicating our workers all over the country and supporting families of the victims is too heavy a financial burden for young political parties like us, the leaders of the larger parties do not help us either”, he said.
Except, BNP and it’s main ally Jamaat-e-Islami, almost all allied parties are inactive on the street, without any tangible organizational structure and mostly one-leader shows, across the country but aspires to get the alliance's nomination during the election from their respective areas. Activist’s activities are limited in respective district, less visibility in the capital. Very few ally’s leaders are facing cases and harassment installed by ruling party.
Another top leader of the allies, the chairman of Islami Oikya Jote, Abdul Latif Nezami said, “Standing on the street was not really possible at present due to the severe repression on the opposition men, even BNP activists and leaders couldn’t stand on the street let alone we like immature political party”.
A leading leader seeking anonymity claimed that as they couldn’t use their party banner, ‘Very few numbers of the party workers are active in this movement”, he added.
"In the meantime, while JAGPA President Shafiul Alam Prodhan, Bangladesh Jatiya Party President Andaleeb Rahman Partho, Liberal Democratic Party President Col. Oli are seen on various TV talk shows and speak at the 20-party public rallies, they are not visible in the present movement.
Besides, keeping detached from each other, many of the top leaders have switched off their mobile phones; they couldn’t connect when contacted over phone.
A senior BNP leader said, “Begum Khaleda Zia was threatened to kill by a ruling party armed-cadre showing a pistol at hand in broad daylight in front of the law enforcers.
“The political party in power is it self patronizing offensive activities like arson and killing but putting the blame on BNP”, he added.
“Nine firebombs and 3 crude bombs were recovered from a haystack of local Awami League leader Helal Uddin’s home at Fulmalirchala Karimganj of Ghatail in Tangail on Sunday (March 8)”, he referred.
Prominent political analyst, also former Dhaka University VC Prof Emaz Uddin talked with The Bangladesh today and said, “Instead of trying to solve the problems both Awami League and the BNP are further aggravating the situation by making mutually threatening speeches, warning the opponents of dire consequences and calling for further strife and confrontation”.
“Now a days it is also a common scenario that police open fire randomly targeting at the peaceful rallies of opposition violating the existing rules leaving a good number of innocent people fatally killed, which intimidating the people’s to stand on the streets”, he added.
“Moreover, Ministers and their directive “shoot at sight’ have made the people hopeless and make a perception that the government is against to fix the crisis politically”, the political expert added.
“The current position was provoked to begin by wrong policy of the ruling Awami League’s as they refused to allow BNP holding rally to denounce the on-sided polls and confined its chief at her office humiliatingly”, he added.
He said, “Such a role by the law enforcers of a country will never produce any good result and its ultimate consequence will be very devastating”.
Accordingly, from Jan 5, 2015, so far 120 were killed including 65 in petrol bombs, 37 in so called cross fire or gunfight and 18 were deceased by policy firing. Among them, almost 100 were general peoples.
Expressing concern over the killing of people in ‘gunfights’ National Human Rights Commission chairman Professor Mizanur Rahman said that many people were being arrested for money.
Violating Articles 33(1) and 33(2) of the constitution police are arresting without following due procedures of law and arrestees are being kept in custody for more than 24 hours without court orders and many people were being arrested for money.
A statement published by the Human Rights Watch, a New York based human rights organization, on February 7, 2015, says: "An estimated 17 other people have died at the hands of security forces, with the majority belonging to the BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami parties or their student wings.