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BNP pursuing old style to undermine election

Published : 12 Jan 2022 10:33 PM

BNP, a major opposition in the streets, is planning to re-organize party, rather than attempting to wage movement against the government.

But with a view to undermining the election process they are resorting to old style to oppose every step of the government and accordingly have plan to launch anti-government movement in the middle of the year 2023, demanding election under non-party, neutral interim government which has already failed to catch the train.

Sources in the BNP told Bangladesh Post that the top leader in exile has instructed his own men to demolish the syndicate comprising the old haggards inside the BNP.

As part of the plan, some influential BNP leaders at the district level have been dropped from the committee. Some of them were also suspended from the party as per instruction from Tarique Rahman, the self-exiled acting chairman of BNP.

Former mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation Mizanur Rahman Minu, Nazrul Islam Monju, who was Khulna divisional organizing secretary and Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, who is the most influential BNP leader in Barisal division have been made powerless inside the party.

BNP insiders hinted that these influential leaders created a strong syndicate inside the party. They were doing politics for their own interest rather than for the party. As a result, many dedicated BNP leaders were out of local politics.

As part of preparing party for the next parliamentary election, which is likely to be held in December 2023 or in the first week of 2024, BNP central command is trying to bring some fresh leaders in the regional committee, ousting the old faces.

Tarique Rahman is also working desperately to establish his absolute power in BNP, in view of the deteriorating health of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

He is preparing to control BNP after the infirmity or possible death of his mother Khaleda Zia, who was the first female prime minister of Bangladesh.

As part of his plan to bring BNP under his fold, he is making some senior BNP leaders inactive, accusing them as inefficient leaders to take hardline against the current government.

A former JCD leader, who has high link with Tarique Rahman circle, told Bangladesh Post that earlier some BNP leaders were taking bribes in forming committee of the BNP and its associate bodies. Sometimes, they took bribes misusing the name of Tarique Zia and his family members.

Getting such complains, Tarique Rahman, who is convicted in several criminal cases, is directly forming the committees. Before forming committee, he is secretly collecting information about the prospective leaders. In some vital cases, he is taking their interviews virtually before announcing the committee.

During these online interview, Tarique Zia normally does not allow any senior BNP leader, even party general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

 According to credible sources, almost all committees of various associate organizations of BNP have been formed. The remaining units will get new committees within a few days.      

After completing formation of these committees, BNP and its associate organizations will chalk out various political programs. But these programs will not be destructive ones.

BNP high command does not want their strength to be depleted at this time. They want to keep their organizational strength reserved for the possible massive anti-government movement to realise their one- point demand of holding next national polls under non-party government.

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