Awami League is its own enemy: BNP recruits will not make it popular08 July 2015 Editorial Desk
When the country is bracing for more chaos and corruption at high places of the government, the ruling party is engaging in securing the joining of opposition leaders and workers to Awami League in the countryside in a move to destroying the opposition at the local level. The country's highly charged politics is becoming more unbelievable and also unpredictable. Under pressure many BNP leaders are thus changing loyalty to the ruling party apparently to protect themselves and their families from persecution in politically framed up cases.Many Jamaat men are also joining the ruling party in northern districts in similar circumstances, media reports said. What it clearly says is that politics is no more a matter of faith and ethical values, more people now revolve around it to make illegal fortune and the latest incidents showed to physically survive. At Raujan Upazila in Chittagong district, news report said a local BNP leader joined Awami League on Monday after he was arrested on the previous evening on charge of murder of a local Awami League worker. Police released the man after the arrest and in the evening he went to Awami League office and joined the party placating placing a floral wreath in the hand of the President of local Upazila Awami League.A BNP man thus becomes an Awami Leaguer overnight and what is to be blamed most here is not only the unpredictable character of our politics but the people who fight one another for state power to expropriate state resources.On the other side, some people have hardly any option either but to give in to the pressure. Similarly, a BNP leader in Rajshahi; who is also accused in several cases joined Awami League on Thursday making news in the political circles. He placed the floral wreaths in the hands of the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam who pronounced him henceforth to be an Awami League man.Raujan Awami League leaders claimed that the BNP man wanted to join the ruling party on his own. The Awami League men said they had no knowledge that he was accused of murder of a local Awami League worker or he has more cases against him.They said if he was accused in any case, law would take its own course. There is no link between the joining of the ruling party and the cases pending. The joining of the local BNP leader to Awami League in Rajshahi has been similarly justified. What is surprising is that police routinely send opposition men - be at national level or local level -- on arrest to the court. This is a legal obligation for them in criminal cases. The court then sends them to police on remand or to jail. We feel ashamed to say that our judiciary is not strong enough to protect its own independence. It depends too much on the government of the time. Our governments have not been anxious to have independent judiciary. In this regard the help has to come from the Supreme Court.But since the Chittagong BNP man was set free and allowed to join the ruling party, it is openly debated now that the local Awami League makes it happen. Police said they have set him free because his case was settled through local arbitration. What looks like a new trend in Awami League politics is to force BNP leaders and workers to leave BNP. Changing party loyalty is nothing new in our politics of money making business. In the past Awami League was happy with the leftists whose politics had been helpful for one party authoritarianism.It is unnecessary to try to break up BNP because BNP politics is not a threat to Awami League. Awami League is its own enemy. Its unpopularity is its own doing. As against Awami League-BNP will win election not for BNP's popularity but for Awami League's unpopularity.