Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is planning to rejuvenate its political activities as the party’s Chairperson Khaleda Zia returned home from London after more than three months.
“After the chairperson’s return, the party leaders and activists have become lively and getting active. We hope the party will revive its activities in full swing,” BNP Standing Committee member Mahbubur Rahman told the Daily Sun on Friday.
Mentioning that Khaleda Zia has been granted bail after appearing before the court and the party has also finished its dialogue with the Election Commission, he expressed hope that the BNP chief will now revamp the party activities ahead of the next national polls.
The BNP leader said the party chairperson may hold a meeting with the party leaders to discuss the country’s current political situation and the party’s next course of action.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday evening returned home from London amid warm welcome by her party men. Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its front and associate organisations greeted their leader on her arrival.
There were fears and speculations in the political circle over the arrest of Khaleda after her return as an arrest warrant was issued against her. But she got bail in two graft cases after she surrendered before the court on Thursday.
On July 15, Khaleda left Dhaka for London for treatment of her eyes and knee. She underwent cataract surgery in her right eye on August 8. Khaleda stayed at the residence of her elder son Tarique Rahman, also BNP senior vice-chairman, in London.
BNP leaders, activists and supporters all around the country were enthusiastic about the chairperson’s return while many leaders those were totally inactive in absence of Khaleda Zia have become active again. A number of inactive top leaders are also making desperate efforts to meet the BNP chief in a bid to show off their activities, party sources said.
Talking to the Daily Sun, BNP Vice-Chairman Mohammad Shahjahan said Khaleda Zia is likely to attend her city’s Gulshan office on Saturday and then the party leaders can learn more about her plans for next course of action.
Asked whether the BBNP chairperson will hold any press conference over the current political situation and their next plan, he said, “Madam (Khaleda) will talk to people either through holding a press conference or speaking at public meetings.”
BNP insiders said Khaleda might hold a meeting with members of the party’s national standing committee, other top leaders of the party and top leaders of the components of the 20-party alliance this week to discuss their next course of action.
She is also likely to visit Cox’s bazaar to observe the Rohingya situation on the ground.
BNP leaders said Khaleda Zia also will place her formula on election-time government soon and start her informal election campaign across the country ahead of the next national polls. She might also restart the party’s movement to realise their demand for election under a poll-time supportive government.
The BNP chairperson might also hold a meeting with Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on October 23, party sources said.
They said BNP leaders and activists from central to grassroots levels are eagerly waiting for Khaleda’s decision on the party’s next plan and her instructions ahead of the next general election as they hope the party chief has already made some important decisions in consultation with her son and party senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman.
In absence of Khaleda, BNP faced a number of important issues, such as floods, the apex court's verdict on the 16th amendment to the constitution, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s going on leave, Rohingya crisis, dialogue with the Election Commission and the party’s organisational crisis.
Political activities of BNP almost came to a halt while the party chairperson Khaleda Zia was staying in London. The party also poorly celebrated its 39th founding anniversary.