The arrest of a dozen top leaders of BNP in such a short span of time is unprecedented. Organizers are being arrested at the district and upazila levels as well. What is the reason behind this arrest strategy? Bringing BNP to the election under pressure. The statement of Information and Broadcasting Minister and Joint General Secretary of Awami League Hasan Mahmud that there is an attempt to bring a part of BNP to the polls by disbanding the party is an indication.
On Monday (November 06, 2023) at a rally in Dhaka, he said, ‘Many are standing in line to join Trinamool (the party formed under the leadership of two former BNP leaders Shamser Mobin Chowdhury and Taimur Alam Khandkar). And there is going to be another party under the leadership of Major Hafiz (retd.), former minister of BNP and current vice chairman.
In the interview given to Prothom Alo, Hafiz Uddin Ahmed did not refute the statement of the Joint General Secretary of Awami League. He said, ‘BNP should participate in the polls. If BNP participates in the election, I will choose from this party.’
The ruling party feels that they have won the political power struggle on October 28. General Secretary of Awami League Obaidul Quader said, ‘The quarter final was played on October 28. We (Awami League) won that game. He also said that the semi-finals will be played in the future and the final will be played in the first week of January.