Ruling Awami League has taken a strategy to keep projecting ‘corruption and other misdeeds’ of the past BNP-led government before people ahead of the next national election.
As part of its plan, the AL has been portraying various evil deeds, including money laundering by top leaders of BNP, party insiders said.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is serving jail term after a special Dhaka court awarded five-year imprisonment to her for embezzling Tk 21 million from Zia Orphanage Trust Fund.
Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman and four others were also sentenced to 10 years in jail in the same case.
Apart from portraying BNP’s ‘misdeeds’, the ruling party is trying to woo voters across the country by projecting the success stories of the AL-led government.
Political parties are taking preparations for the next election as the Election Commission (EC) has hinted that polls schedule will be announced in October.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a recent programme said BNP will certainly participate in the next parliamentary election.
“So, go to people from right now and stand by them to win their hearts as assuming office for the consecutive third term will be a tough job,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also directed the AL lawmakers to end internal feuds in their areas ahead of the next national polls likely to be held in December this year.
“I do not want to see any kind of internal conflicts in your areas before the polls. If the Awami League remains united, none can defeat us,” the AL president said.
BNP boycotted the last January 5, 2014 election as then AL-led government did not accept its demand for holding the polls under a neutral administration.
BNP leaders have threatened on several occasions that they will foil the next national election, if it is not held under a neutral administration and party chief Khaleda Zia not released from jail.
Sources at AL said that the ruling party will try to convince people to believe that the country will be pushed backward if BNP comes to power again.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday urged people to keep BNP out of power to avert any untoward incidents like the one taking place after 2001 polls.
“You can’t imagine what will happen if BNP assumes office. If BNP comes to power, the situation will be worse than it was in 2001,” the AL leader added.
Talking to the daily sun, many AL top leaders say people of the country will again see acts of violence, corruption and lawlessness if the BNP-led alliance returns to power.
They accused the past BNP-Jamaat alliance of killing many people across the country by law enforcers in the name of ‘Operation Clean Heart’ during its 2001-2006 tenure.
Referring to the violence unleashed by BNP-Jamaat men to foil the last national polls, the AL leaders said people will not spare those who will carry out mayhem this time.
They also highlighted Khaleda Zia’s corruption.
According to reports published in different newspapers at that time, BNP chief Khleda Zia had illegal wealth worth over Tk 500 crore in Saudi Arabia.
Besides, the ruling party leaders accused the BNP for carrying out attacks on noted personalities of the country.
They also fear that more attacks on noted personalities may be carried out to destablise the country ahead of the next national election.
AL insiders say that a vested quarter may ignite unpleasant incidents to create unrest in the country and tarnish the image of the government of Sheikh Hasina.
The ruling party leaders also came down heavily on the BNP for threatening to foil the next parliamentary election if it is held without Khaleda Zia.
BNP and Jamaat patronised militancy during their regime, they said adding that they may patronise the radical forces again to unleash violence to foil the next polls.
Killing of secular writers, bloggers, online activists and publishers by militants shook the country.
A gang of miscreants carried out an attack on Professor Zafar Iqbal and killed publisher Shahjahan Bachchu.
The ruling party is holding the BNP-led alliance responsible for the attacks.
Terming the attack on Prof Iqbal a conspiracy, the AL general secretary said, “BNP has been patronising the conspirators. It is now clear that who staged the incident.”
AL leaders called upon the people to remain united under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina to uproot militancy and rid the country of corruption and other evil deeds.