Political field of the country has started heating up as two major political parties — the ruling Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — are flexing their muscles to establish supremacy ahead of the next parliamentary elections.
Top leaders of the Awami League and BNP are now engaged in tongue-lashing against each other to drum up public support in their favour with the next national election coming closer.
The government has undertaken austerity measures to save power as prices of energy have sharply increased on the international market due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
"They (BNP men) will have to be given hurricane lamps in their hands,” the premier said.
Criticising the Awami League-led government's power saving initiative, BNP leaders are issuing a threat that the ruling party might face the 1975-like situation for their 'misrule'.
They said Awami League leaders will not get any chance to flee the country as they have ‘plundered’ huge public money.
Meanwhile, BNP observed a half day hartal in Bhola district on Thursday in protest against the deaths of its two leaders in Monday's clash with law enforcers.
During the demonstration, BNP men were locked in the clash with police, in which local Swechchasebak Dal leader Abdur Rahim was killed and JCD district unit president Nure Alam critically injured. Nure Alam died on Wednesday while undergoing treatment at a hospital.
The BNP also held agitation programme at Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Tuesday in protest against the death of Swechchasebak Dal leader Abdur Rahim.
Protest programmes were also held at Gazipur, Dhaka University, Khagrachori, Narail, Sylhet, Sherpur, Khulna, Bogura and many other areas across the country.
BNP has formed different platforms with other political parties to wage tougher movement against the incumbent Awami League government.
As part of its plan, BNP on Wednesday reached a consensus with Gono Forum led by Mostafa Mohsin Montu and Gana Adhikar Parishad to launch anti-government movement.
Awami League has also taken a move to gear up party activities across the country through holding grass roots council sessions and various programmes in the month of mourning.
On August 15 in 1975, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was brutally killed by a group of disgruntled army personnel.
Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud warned that BNP men will not find way to flee as their party will be in the field from September.
“Now we are observing programmes, marking the month of mourning. We’ll be in the field from September to giving befitting reply to them (BNP) for their violent activities,” he said.
Awami League also smells conspiracy over the BNP's sudden demonstrations across the country along with formation of platforms.
About the opposition’s such activities, AL President Sheikh Hasina said that conspiracy is being intensified to remove her from power as the next national election is approaching.
"I know who are involved in this conspiracy and what they are doing. I know them very well,” she added.
"Conspiracies were hatched before the national elections in 2014 and 2018. As the country is witnessing massive development in every sector, conspirators are out to unseat the government," the AL chief said.
As per their plan, the opposition is trying to boost their organisational strength across the country through street programmes. Even, they are also locked in a war of words over the next election and engaged in a street battle with AL activists and law enforcers.
The Awami League has decided to face the opposition parties politically but if they (opposition) unleash violence in the name of movement, they (AL) will resist them.
“If they (opposition) try to create an untoward situation, law enforcement agencies will take tough measures against them to maintain law and order in the country,’ an AL leader said.
Earlier last month, the AL president Sheikh Hasina directed leaders to increase various organisational activities like holding rallies, seminars, publicity and communication with people across the country.
The Awami League chief also directed the party leaders to remain alert so that they don't step into any trap as, she said, multifaceted conspiracies are being hatched at home and abroad.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader recently said BNP's threats to the AL men will not bring any result as their party came to power through long movement together with people.
"If BNP again chooses the path of arson terrorism in the name of taking to streets, we will handle it with an iron hand," he added.