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Update : 2018-02-11 00:04:02
Awami League looking into ‘mysterious’ BNP behaviour
Shawkat Ali Khan and Anaet Shawon

Awami League looking into ‘mysterious’ BNP behaviour

Ruling Awami League is closely analysing ‘mysterious’ political manner of BNP following the conviction of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, according to party sources.   AL leaders have got surprised as BNP men are protesting the trial court verdict against Khaleda Zia in a peaceful manner instead of unleashing violence like in the past.   They said BNP’s such ‘mysterious’ soft behaviour has come as a surprise to the AL and it has compelled the party to analyse the upcoming scenario ahead of the next national polls.   Talking to the daily sun, some central AL leaders said BNP might have taken a strategy not to stage tough agitation programmes to retain the support of people for the party.   BNP activists carried out violent activities and burnt people to death across the country in the name of movement to unseat the past-Awami League-led government.   “BNP might have changed their strategy after failing to get people’s support due to acts of violence in the past,” AL presidium member Abdur Razzaque said.   “BNP activists burnt people to death in the past in the name of movement. Now they might have realised that such  acts is not the right way,” he added.   A special Dhaka court on Thursday sentenced BNP chief Khaleda Zia to five years in jail for embezzling Tk 21 million in foreign donation from Zia Orphanage Trust.   Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman and four others have also been awarded 10 years in jail in the same case.   Ruling party men as well as people feared that the BNP may go for violent activities across the country protesting the verdict but instead, the party men remain calm.   AL joint general secretary Abdur Rahman thinks that the BNP cannot wage strong and violent movement as it might have realised its organisational weakness.   “As Khaleda Zia has been punished for corruption, die-hard BNP activists din not take to the streets on ethical ground,” he said.   He also said that perception of the people is also against the BNP.   “People’s participation is a must for any strong political movement. But people are not taking part in their action programmes on ethical ground,” he added.   AL forest and environment secretary Delwar Hossain said they might be trying to do positive politics considering the sentiment of the people.   “People don’t like destructive politics, be it Awami League or BNP. In view of this fact, they are now trying to do positive politics,” he said.