Over the past two years, political parties have been managing virtual political activities instead of marching on the streets. Despite the halt in field politics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all major political parties are now back in action, gearing up for the upcoming twelfth national elections, bringing their campaigns to the forefront of the internet.
Especially, the two major parties, Awami League and BNP, have revved up their political activities. Starting from the formation of the Election Commission, they are now positioning themselves for another term in power. Awami League, in particular, has begun mobilizing its base, focusing on the upcoming national elections.
In 2023, Awami League is taking the upcoming national elections very seriously, with no alternative but to maintain its power for the fourth consecutive time. The party is already taking various steps to ensure this, especially by opposing rebel candidates vigorously in union council elections. The party's high command has made it clear that they won't tolerate any disunity or factions within the party, and those who go against the party's interests or field rebel candidates will face severe consequences.
On the other hand, the BNP has been busy organizing gatherings and meetings across the country, rallying for the release of Khaleda Zia and her medical treatment abroad. While their politics used to be confined to the National Press Club's seminar rooms, the streets in front of the Press Club, and the offices in New Paltan, this time, the BNP's political activities are expanding to different districts and upazilas. However, despite their efforts, BNP supporters have not shown much interest in their initiatives.
Awami League aims to express its presence even without Awami League's chairperson, Sheikh Hasina, taking an active role. They are making various moves to assert their influence in the political landscape. Nurul Haque Nur, a former VP of DUCSU and a key figure in the 2018 quota reform movement, has recently announced his affiliation with the party, creating a buzz. Additionally, former Finance A M S Minister Kibria's son Reza Kibria, who has shown more interest in academics than politics, is now actively involved in the political field. He has joined forces with Dr. Kamal Hossain and is working closely with the youth. The BNP and its allies have also announced various programs and campaigns. However, the extent of their influence in the political arena remains to be seen until the national elections.
Political analysts suggest that the election season has begun, and each party will try to gather strength and assert its power. They will endeavor to make their presence known on the streets and demonstrate their capabilities. Opposition parties, in particular, will seek to generate excitement on the streets. This effort could potentially lead to unrest, so law enforcement agencies must remain vigilant to prevent any form of violence.