Awami League leader Obaidul Quader on Friday said that BNP leader Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury’s resignation from politics is a sign of frustration at the party’s negative political practices.
Ha also termed the incident as a “result of the BNP’s negative political practices”.
Obaidul Quader, also the road transport minister, made the comments in Noakhali as he was addressing a view exchanging meeting with the local reporters.
“It is a tragic outcome of the party’s internal conflicts,” Obaidul Quader said.
Former diplomat Chowdhury abruptly announced his retirement from politics on Thursday amid the party’s failure to rejuvenate its anti-government agitations.
Although the gallantry award-winning freedom fighter cited physical ailment as his reason to quit, he told reporters that the BNP was not following in the footsteps of its founder Ziaur Rahman.
Quader said the former diplomat was actively involved in the BNP’s diplomatic efforts against the government.
“He (Chowdhury) spearheaded the party in complaining to the foreigners [against the government],” he said. “But even he could not survive.”
Former army officer Chowdhury was shifted to the foreign ministry after the Liberation War.
He served as the foreign secretary between 2001 and 2005 during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government.
In 2008, he joined the BNP after being the Bangladesh envoy in the US for two years.
His sudden retirement announcement did not evoke any reaction at the party’s top echelons. But Awami League leaders say they believe many from the BNP would go Chowdhury’s way.