BNP has stepped back from its plan to take action for political gain centring on the issue of Supreme Court verdict on 16th Amendment to the Constitution and some of its observations.
BNP insiders said the party planned to launch mass campaign on the Supreme Court verdict and observations to create pressure upon the incumbent government to dissolve parliament and resign from the power before the next parliament election.
The party central command also took a plan to take legal step seeking order of the apex court to dissolve the current parliament and arrange next general election under a poll-time neutral government but now they are calculating the situation further.
BNP Vice-chairman Nitai Roy Chowdhury said they have not yet taken any decision about their legal step in this regard.
“Ultimately, we’ll go for movement,” said the senior BNP leader.
In the changed political situation centring on the ruling party’s strong stance over the apex court verdict, BNP senior leaders have backtracked on their action plan and decided to go slow right now, at least until the return of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, the party insiders said.
“The government has revealed its problem through raising voice after the verdict scrapping the 16th amendment. We don’t need to express joy over the verdict.Instead of it, we will have to pay attention rightly in our own activities,” BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said at a discussion in the capital on Friday.
BNP insiders said party chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is now in London, and Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman have recently directed the party senior leaders to move ‘cautiously’ with the issue of the Supreme Court verdict.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee Members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed have also been asked by the party chief to take next course of action following the situation arises centring on it, the sources added.
A top BNP leader said Khaleda Zia will take necessary measure in this regard on her return home from London in September likely.
Talking to daily sun, some BNP central leaders said they are happy with the verdict of the Supreme Court as the incumbent government has fallen into trouble for the verdict and its observations made by the higher court criticising current political culture of the country.
After publishing the full text of SC verdict and observations, BNP leaders were seen raising voice in favour of the apex court verdict and carrying out campaign on some particular observations of the verdict.
The party was also planning to create pressure on the government to sit in talks with them on the next parliamentary polls, cashing in on the issue.
Talking to daily sun, Gyasuddin Molla, professor of Dhaka University and president of Rashtrabigyan Samity, said BNP was trying to get some benefit out of verdict.
Ahead of the next parliamentary election, BNP took the matter as a vital issue to launch campaign against the Awami League government by branding it as anti-judiciary.
The full text of the Appellate Division verdict on the 16th Amendment to the constitution was released on August 1. The verdict on the 16th Amendment has revived the provision for Supreme Judicial Council, scrapping the authority of the parliament to remove apex court judges.
Referring to parts of the Supreme Court’s observations published in newspapers, Mirza Fakhrul said the verdict stated that there was ‘no democracy in the country, no human rights, no rule of law, the parliament is dysfunctional, they (government) are trying to control judiciary and the people had no voting rights’.
Echoing Mirza Fakhrul, the BNP leaders in various programmes are speaking every day in favour of the verdict and criticising the government for its stance against the verdict and observations of the Supreme Court.