The ruling Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been engaged in psychological war as the 11th national polls is approaching nearer.
And the war has reached a high point with the front ranking leaders of the two parties coming up with remarks and counter remarks against each other.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader categorically said that a landslide victory is waiting for the ruling party in the forthcoming 11th parliamentary election scheduled to be held on December 30 while BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday claimed that AL would not get more than 30 seats in the polls.
On the other hand, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan’s statement about the existence of freedom fighters in Jamaat has resulted in a large-scale public outcry across the country.
On Thursday Nazrul Islam Khan said that the Jamaat-e-Islami also has freedom fighters as its members and he sees no problem in nominating their leaders for the election.
Apart from the Awami League, common people, civil society members, university teachers and different professional bodies expressed their deep concern over Nazrul Islam’s remarks, saying finding no way BNP is now trying to make people confused.
Barrister Shakila Farzana’s getting nomination from BNP also made people confused about BNP’s stance as she is reportedly a terror financer.
A senior minister on Friday said it is difficult to find any freedom fighter in Jamaat-e-Islami as the party worked against the country during the Liberation War.
“Jamaat-e-Islami is the enemy of the country. We cannot find any freedom fighter in Jamaat even if we search with the help of a torch light,” he told journalists after offering Jumma payers in the city.
Such remarks of BNP leaders have made people angry and furious and the party is now being criticised widely.
And now BNP is trying to foil the next polls by hatching conspiracy at home and abroad.
However, country’s common people, educationists, analysts and historians believe that there is no ideological difference among the killers of the father of nation, BNP and Jamaat.
All the three – killers of the father of nation, BNP and the banned Jamaat are the same, they said, adding these groups also act in same style.
In this regard, we may recollect how the BNP—Jamaat alliance hurled terror among the pro-liberation people during their rule between 2001 and 2006.
So, we need to refresh our memories and revisit in brief the political situation, which led to the declaration of the state of emergency.
At first we should mention the deadly terror attack on an AL public rally on 21 August in 2004, which was clearly targeted killing the then opposition leader and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other party leaders. However, Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped the attack.
Apart from this, during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance government, many barbaric attacks in our history were carried out as per their plot to eliminate leaderships of AL the largest political party which brought independence to the nation under the great leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The party’s violent activities during its rule or while in opposition between 2001 and 2015 created panic among the public.
Besides, between 2009 and 2015, BNP and its coalition partner Jamaat-e- Islami unleashed a reign of terror through petrol bomb and arson attacks across the country burning to death many innocent people.
In January 2015, the BNP and its allies enforced nearly a ceaseless blockade and hartal for the first three months of the year.
Street violence left at least 95 people killed and about 1,000 others injured, mostly in targeted arson attacks on public transports.