The Bangladesh Nationalist Party, despite being the largest opposition party in the country, is yet to mobilise its anti-government movement by taking advantage of any of a number of issues that the party insiders think affect the greater masses.
The party insiders said that issues like price hike of essentials, slide in law and order, sensational seven murders in Narayanganj, huge casualties in Pinak-6 launch capsize, controversial National Broadcast Policy, move to restore Parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges and the latest AK Khandker's book could be crucial for BNP to raise the anti-government movement.
"But the party has failed to catch up with these. Had the present ruling Awami League been in the opposition and BNP in power, the scenario might have been different today," said a leader of the BNP.
As the BNP has failed to raise an issue-based movement due to organisational weaknesses the party Chairperson, Khaleda Zia, has recently opted for soft programmes to pressurise the government over holding of a fresh national election under a non-party administration.
After the opposition's failed movement to stop the January 5 "one-sided" parliamentary elections, the BNP chief had said that her party would go for a phase by phase tougher agitation to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to sit in a dialogue.
But the BNP high command is still struggling to address its organisational weaknesses, though many BNP leaders believe that the Awami League will not budge on the dialogue until the BNP can bring it to its "knee" through a strong street campaign.
They said the reason behind Khaleda's soft stance on the anti-government movement is that she was yet to complete the structural overhaul of the party, the party's associated bodies, including the Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal.
Meanwhile, senior leaders of BNP do not think that they have failed to wage their planned anti-government movement, rather the party had been able to expose the undemocratic face of the ruling Awami League.