The ruling Awami League is least bothered about the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) threat of movement against the government after Eid-ul-Fitr festival, party sources said.
AL insiders said they have just turned a deaf ear to such threat of the BNP, which has remained outside of parliament due to its boycott of the last national election.
Some senior leaders said their party will face the BNP politically if they try to take to the streets to create a fresh round of anarchy in the name of movement.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at a recent programme asked her party men to take to the streets after Eid in protest against ‘continued killing, forced disappearance and repression on women.’
“We have to take to the streets after Eid along with people to protest the government’s repressive acts and misdeeds. If we can launch such movement, people will join it,” she said.
Terming the BNP chief’s statement a political rhetoric, AL insiders said that the BNP does not have the strength and courage to wage movement.
AL presidium member Faruk Khan said that the government may take necessary steps to resist any attempt of the BNP to launch movement.
“The government will take some measures if they go for movement. Some BNP leaders are facing cases. If the party goes for movement, the cases may be revived,” he said.
The former minister also said the BNP has no strength and courage to launch any movement.
“People have become afraid of hearing the call of movement. So, their movement will not get public support,” he opined.
AL leaders said they will in no way allow the BNP to paralise normal life through its action programmes.
Issuing a note of warning to BNP men, AL leaders said if they (BNP) try to resort to violence like in 2015, people along with the law enforcing agencies will teach them a good lesson.
AL presidium member Abdur Razzak said BNP will get chance to do healthy politics. “But the government will go tough if they try to create something illegally.”
AL joint general secretary Mahbub-Ul Alam Hanif said that the AL will face the BNP politically if they try to carry out subversive acts in the name of movement.
“The AL and the government will give a befitting reply if they try to realise something through undemocratic means,” he added.