AL to be tough against BNP-Jamaat anarchy

Shawkat Ali Khan and Anaet Shawon

10 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Ruling Awami League plans to face the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led 20-party alliance politically to avert any untoward incident during the opposition movement to free its jailed chief Khaleda Zia who has been convicted in a graft case.

Central leaders of the ruling party said they along with the administration would remain in the streets to face-off BNP-Jamaat men and prevent them from creating any chaos in the name of political actions.

The BNP led 20-party has decided to wage movement to free Khaleda Zia, despite government’s offer to free her on parole.

During a meeting on Monday, the BNP-led alliance decided to wage the movement unitedly until Khaleda was released unconditionally.

The alliance leaders gave the responsibility to the BNP high-command to design the movement strategies.

The Jamaat representatives hinted that they are ready to participate in ‘any kind of movement’ to free Khaleda, who made to war criminals full minister in her 2001-2006 cabinet. The two were convicted for crimes against humanity in 1971 and executed.

Several ministers, including home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told the daily sun that the government would consider releasing Khaleda on parole if she filed a petition as per rules.

The BNP chief, who has been serving a17-year jail term since February 8, 208, on two separate corruption charges, is now under treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

Talking to daily sun, a number of central leaders said they would not allow the BNP to stage any kind of violence like in 2014 when they torched innocent people to death.

The party and the government will give a befitting reply if the BNP launched any campaign coupled with violence, they said.

The Awami League joint general secretary Abdur Rahman said that the opposition would not be able to free Khaleda through any street protests.

“The legal battle is the lone way to free her,” he said.    

Referring to BNP’s violent movements in the past, Abdur said the people resisted their movement in the past and they would do so again.

“If they take to the street to create a fresh round of anarchy in the name of movement, the law enforcement agencies will handle the situation to ensure security for the people and and their properties,” he said. 

AL publicity and publication secretary Hasan Mahmud blamed the BNP for establishing a reign of terror in the country.

 “They have added arson attack which has not been practiced before in politics in the country, even in the sub-continent,” Mahmud, also Information Minister, said.

AL organising secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury was critical about BNP’s fresh stance to free  Khaleda.

“A politically bankrupt party, the BNP is talking about movement,”he said.

The junior minister claims that people do not have any interest in such activities.

“Those who will try to save a criminal, will be thrown into the bin,” he said, claiming that the BNP-Jamaat do not have the capacity to take to the streets.