Monday, 29 May, 2023

Movement to Realise Demands

BNP fails to fix next course of action

Opposition BNP has failed to finalise a movement strategy and a next course of action to realise various demands, including resignation of the present Awami League-led government and holding of the next national election under a caretaker government.

Party insiders said BNP and its like-minded parties and alliances sat for several meetings, but could not decide on a proper strategy to intensify their movement. So, the party’s rank and file has become upset.

“After holding our meeting, we can say when the next movement programme will be announced,” BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy told the Daily Sun on Monday.

Earlier, it was decided that the party would announce its next course of action in the May Day rally, but failed to do so.

“Actually, the BNP high command is confused about the schedule of movement. They are confused when the party will intensify movement and go on a one-point demand to oust the government. So, it is being delayed to announce the fresh programme,” a BNP central leader told the Daily Sun, wishing not to be named.

BNP sources said the party standing committee will hold meeting tonight with its acting chairman Tarique Rahman in the chair to finalise their next course of action.

After the meeting of the party’s policymaking body, BNP will hold meetings with its like-minded parties and alliances to finalise the programmes.

“We hope we can come up with our joint declaration of movement in the middle of this month. Then we will intensify our movement gradually,” Saiful Huq, coordinator of Ganatantra Manch, told the Daily Sun.

Sources inside BNP and Ganatantra Manch and other parties said the greater platform of the opposition may announce fresh demonstration like human chain, sit-in and big divisional rallies this time to realise their 10-point demands.

At one stage, they will gradually go on a one-point movement and may declare Dhaka siege and road march or long march programmes, they added.

The sources further said BNP high command is facing complexity in finalising movement strategy as they have to face Eid-ul-Azha, rainy season and mourning month while only around eight months are left for the next polls.

BNP insiders further said the party is also facing come challenges, including revamping the party men after a gap of movement programme and to continuation of movement for long.

The party is also facing split in its likeminded parties and alliances as Gana Odhikar Parishad has left the Ganatantra Manch on Sunday.

At the same time, the party is also facing another challenge of city corporation elections when its local leaders and activists are creating pressure to join the local government polls.

“In this situation, it is very much difficult for the party to manage its own men and to build a strong movement against the government,” another central leader of the BNP told the Daily Sun.