The government "stagedâ€ the demonstration against the verdict of Jamaat leader Quader Mollah at Shahbagh Square to divert people's attention from the caretaker government issue, said several BNP standing committee members last night.
The members, wishing not to be named, said party Chairperson Khaleda Zia chaired a two-hour BNP standing committee meeting at her Gulshan office from 9:30pm.
A number of standing committee members raised the issue of alleged â€œunderstandingâ€ between the government and Jamaat-e-Islami. Khaleda Zia, however, remained mum.
It was decided in the meeting that the BNP would observe what was going on centring the mass demonstration, the sources said.
The meeting also decided to hold the party's 6th national council on March 9, if they get approval for a venue, said a member of the standing committee.
The meeting also formed 13 sub-committees for holding the council.
Hours earlier, BNP's student body Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal said the mass demonstration at Shahbagh demanding death penalty for war criminals was â€œstaged through a mutual understandingâ€.
At a press briefing at the BNP central office at Naya Paltan, Chhatra Dal did not explain among whom this â€œmutual understandingâ€ was made.
Thousands of people under the banner â€œBloggers and Online Activist Networkâ€ demonstrated for the third consecutive day yesterday demanding capital punishment to all war criminals, including Jamaat Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah, at Shahbagh Square.