Publish: 16 Sep 2023, 03:05 pm
Since July 12, BNP along with its allied alliances and parties have been in a simultaneous movement demanding the government's resignation and elections under a non-partisan caretaker government. This anti-government coalition led by BNP called for a mass rally in Dhaka on July 28 at a stage of carrying out mass marches, rallies, mass sit-ins, human chains, youth rallies, workers' rallies, etc. Through this rally, the party announced a sit-in program at the entrances of Dhaka on the next day, July 29.
However, as this program did not achieve the expected success, they had to rush to bring the movement back on track. BNP returned to the field with a simultaneous movement after a break of about 12 days at the end of the sit-in program. The party is in the program of mass rallies throughout August and so far this month. But it is still undecided on what kind of program will be taken to put pressure on the government. They are having regular meetings about this. Because the allies of the BNP want, it is not right to take more than 5 to 7 days to give the government a final blow. If more time is taken, the government may take the opportunity to divert the movement to different sectors.
Talking to the policymakers of BNP, it is known that the party's standing committee meeting was held last Monday (11 September) night. There was a discussion about what kind of program can be taken. But no decision was made. On Tuesday, the remaining members of the standing committee in Dhaka held a meeting at the party chairperson's office. The program of the movement was also discussed there. From this meeting, a possible program of the movement is said to be sent to Tarique Rahman in the form of a proposal.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir held a meeting with the organizational secretaries last Tuesday as part of the action plan of the One-Point movement. The meeting was held at the BNP Chairperson's political office in Gulshan at noon. Organizing Secretary Abdus Salam Azad, Syed Emran Saleh Prince, Ruhul Quddus Talukdar Dulu, Shama Obaid, and others were present at the meeting. According to the source of the meeting, the organizational situation of the party in the entire country was thoroughly analyzed in the meeting keeping in mind the one-point movement of the party. At this stage of the movement, the organizational secretaries suggested that no committees of new parties and affiliated organizations should be established anywhere in the country 'except for the preparatory committee'. They claim that if a new partial committee is given now, diversions may arise in the organization.
They said that it is not possible to give a partial committee including all the eligible ones. Which can have a negative impact on the movement. Apart from this, in the 'failure' of the sit-in program at the entrance of Dhaka on July 29, the organizing secretaries emphasized on removing the lack of coordination in the future program of the one-point movement. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir advised to talk to the leaders of all levels of the party in order to resolve any kind of lack of coordination in the success of the program so that no one can complain about the program. Many people complained that they did not participate in the program on July 29. Earlier, in a virtual meeting with the high command on September 3, the party's vice chairman, adviser to the chairperson, and joint general secretaries also stressed on eliminating the lack of coordination at any cost for the success of future programs.
Meanwhile, the BNP is scheduled to hold a meeting with allied alliances and parties regarding the program of the movement next week. Sheikh Rafiqul Islam Bablu, coordinator of the Ganatantra Mancha and convener of Bhasani Anusari Parishad, said that there is a meeting with BNP next Saturday. The top leader of the alliance, Mostafa Jamal Haider, said that the 12-party alliance will also hold a meeting with the BNP soon. Apart from this, the BNP is scheduled to meet with other allies next week. The policymakers of BNP want to prepare the roadmap of the final movement with everyone's advice.
In the meantime, the nationwide youth road march program has been announced throughout the month of September. A party program will also continue with this. Programs like marches, mass processions, rallies, and human chains will continue every Friday and Saturday. Apart from this, there may be a program of standing of lawyers in front of the court within this month. Through this, the government is now using the court to suppress the opposition party - this statement of the party wants to reach all quarters.
According to BNP sources, they want to start a continuous movement from the end of September and the first week of October to finally get their demands. Because the election schedule has already postponed the possible date of announcement. According to Election Commission sources, the schedule may be announced in the first week of November. For this reason, the opposition party led by BNP wants to be in the field with a program of simultaneous movement throughout the month of October. And that time program may not be limited to Friday-Saturday only.
It is known that this final phase of the movement may be initiated through meetings. Also, the party is planning to go for a siege program from mid-October. BNP can then go on the program of continuous sit-ins by encircling important buildings including the Election Commission, Secretariat, Government House, and Prime Minister's Office. Besides, BNP policymakers are also thinking about giving programs like strike-blockade at one stage. They want to reach the goal as soon as possible through it.
In this regard, BNP Standing Committee member Dr. Abdul Moyeen Khan said, "We are committed to bringing back democracy in the country by carrying out all kinds of peaceful programs."
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