Saturday, 02 Dec, 2023
Saturday, 02 Dec, 2023
The Daily Post

AL to show huge Political showdown

Sayed Saiful Islam

AL to show huge  Political showdown


  • Guards will be set up in the neighbourhood
  • Meeting with leaders of all levels of Dhaka today
  • Instructions to stay united & vigilant are coming


Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) announced another mega rally in Dhaka on October 28 from a rally in Dhaka on October 18. On the day of the BNP's announcement, the Awami League (AL) also announced to occupy the field. The ruling party has decided to hold a rally at the south gate of the National Mosque. On the other hand, Jamaat-e-Islami has also sent a letter to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) announcing to hold a rally in Motijheel, Dhaka. Other BNP allies will also hold rallies on the same day, they will hold programmes at convenient places.

The Awami League has also announced to occupy the streets as BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami and their allies have decided to hold programmes on the streets on October 28. The team will want to keep the whole of Dhaka under their control on October 28. The ruling party will guard every neighbourhood. At the same time, the party believes that the rally announced by the party at the south gate of the National Mosque can be extended beyond the surroundings of Gulistan, Paltan to Motijheel. The ruling party will hold the biggest rally in memory. All kinds of preparations are also being made for this. As part of the preparations, the team has been holding some meeting every day since October 18. The purpose of these meetings is to create public peace at the rally on the 28th and to occupy the entire capital.

The message given by political analysts and politicians indicates that the capital of October 28 will be an exception compared to other times. Since 2015, the opposition BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami have not been able to make any major movement. After the elections on January 5, 2014, the opposition parties went into a strict agitation in 2015 after a one-year break. Even in that movement, the parties could not get results at home. Later, even before the election that took place on December 29, 2018, there was no major movement, the opposition parties did not do it. They went to the polls under Sheikh Hasina after holding dialogue with the head of the government.

BNP won only six seats, which is a new history for the BNP. Later, one of the policy makers of BNP, Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, openly said that it was not right to go to the polls through dialogue under the leadership of Dr Kamal Hossain. This time, however, the situation is different. This time, exactly a year before the election, the BNP has kept the field warm. It can be said that they are very much on the field alone.

BNP's other allies were in the movement on the ground, but BNP was on the front line. Jamaat-e-Islami, another influential ally, took the opportunity to show the position of the neutrals with a showdown. Since December 10 last year, the opposition parties have been in the movement to formally remove the government. On that day, 10 points were announced by the BNP.

BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain made the announcement on behalf of the party from golapbagh ground in the capital. On the same day, Jamaat-e-Islami made a 10-point announcement in line with BNP. Since then, opposition parties have been on the ground with a series of programmes. On the day of the opposition parties' programme, the ruling party was also on the ground with a counter-programme. The ruling Awami League was guarding every neighborhood. There is not much time left for the 12th parliamentary election. The schedule is likely to be announced in the second week of November. That's why the opposition parties don't have much time left. The opposition parties are desperate to press for the establishment of a non-party government system before the schedule. In this situation, there are several challenges before the Awami League.

The number one challenge for the ruling party now is to deal with the opposition parties politically. Important leaders of the party themselves fear that if the opposition parties are to be suppressed through law enforcement agencies, there may be a negative impression for the Awami League in the election field. Therefore, the Awami League wants to create a counter-mass movement to counter the opposition's manpower and public support. According to reports, the party wants to avoid clashes that took place on October 28.

"On October 28, the field will be occupied by the Awami League, the BNP has announced the fall of the government on October 28, and it will bring down its own. On December 10 last year, they wanted to start the journey of the fall of the government in front of the Nayapaltan office. It went to the cattle market in Golapbagh and died.

This time too, the fall march against the government will sink into the Jamuna or Buriganga rivers. Information Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud made the statement on Saturday. The next day, when reporters brought his statement to the attention of the Home Minister, the Home Minister termed his statement as a political comment and said that the leaders made such statements to motivate the workers. That is, the Home Minister meant that the Awami League also wants a peaceful position.

However, the ruling party will try its best to keep Dhaka occupied by the Awami League on that day. To that end, they are now making elaborate preparations. It has already held several meetings. The Awami League will hold a meeting on Wednesday. The meeting will be held at the Dhaka district al office in Tejgaon on October 25.

A press release signed by Awami League Office Secretary Barrister Biplob Barua on October 23 said, "Dhaka Metropolitan North-South Awami League leaders, thana and ward Awami league presidents and general secretaries, Dhaka north-south city corporation mayors and councillors, Dhaka district Awami League leaders, Upazila-thana and union Awami league presidents and general secretaries, all elected party representatives of the respective areas and all the associate organizations central and Dhaka metropolitan north-south. Presidents and general secretaries of Dhaka district unit will participate in the meeting. The meeting, chaired by Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, is scheduled to take a decision to convert the Awami League rally in Dhaka into a sea of people and set up a strong guard in every neighbourhood. Besides, the leaders and workers will be given instructions to remain united and alert as well as what to do on October 28 and beyond.