The Awami League was born in 1949 through a mass movement against the exploitation of the Pakistani government. This party appeared as strong opposition by organizing people to take to the streets in all movements and struggles. But the position of the two so-called main opposition parties in Bangladesh is just the opposite. Both BNP and Jatiya Party were born overnight as government parties. The two parties were formed as a shield to protect those who violated the Constitution of the country and army rules to ruin the democratic process and illegally occupy the state power. That is why these two parties do not have strong public support, resulting in zero roles as the opposition to continue the democratic process in the country.
Dictator Ziaur Rahman, basically, formed the BNP to perpetuate the illegally occupied power. He supplied guns to the university students on the pretext of introducing his party’s student wing. In the guise of forming committees across the country, BNP organized all terrorists and miscreants and formed a special force. Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman also continued the same trend later.
In fact, BNP is not a political party, but actually a cover-up of a political party. Under its cover, miscreants looted the country’s wealth and smuggled money abroad. They spread extremism and terrorism inside the country. The party was isolated from public connection during its birth. Therefore, its leaders and activists are also isolated from one another and their relations are mainly in exchange for money. BNP leaders and activists do not get party nominations unless they pay Tarique Rahman the required amount of money. So, when the party comes to power, it is involved in the looting and repression of ordinary people. When it goes to the opposition, it gets involved in hatching conspiracies against the country and complains to the foreigners.
Both Ziaur Rahman and Ershad formed BNP and Jatiya Party respectively to legitimize the power they seized illegally. These parties have no involvement with the democratic system of the country, they rather are regularly cheating on the ordinary people in the name of politics.
The leaders of the BNP, who claimed themselves as the opposition, do not have any pro-people or pro-state political philosophy. Rather, their party constitution encourages corruption as there is no example in world history to amend the party constitution to induct the corrupt persons into it. The main job of the BNP leaders is to carry out looting and organized crime in the guise of a political party. They do not have any confidence in the democratic system and people. That is why it is their only job to destabilize the society through communal riots, killing and burning people and vehicles with petrol, and creating violence for seizing power illegally. People have turned away from BNP due to these subversive activities in the name of politics.
When these parties were in power illegally, they did not let any strong opposition grow through their subversive activities and repression. In this digital era, the leaders and activists of these parties are also constantly fooling and confusing ordinary people by spreading rumours online. As a result, other parties are not getting the opportunity to criticize the government constructively and give good advice on various issues. BNP has continuously failed to earn the public trust as a strong opposition due to its lack of pro-people politics, and it is affecting the overall welfare of the state.