The BNP top brass is analysing loss and gain if the lawmakers-elect of their party take oath and join parliament, according to party insiders.
They said senior BNP leaders are divided over the issue of joining parliament by those elected with the party ticket in the general election held on December 30.Sources said some of the party leaders are thinking if their MPs-elect take oath and join parliament, it will validate the results of the 11th national polls and the allegation of irregularities in the election will be proved baseless.
Some are of the view that if the MPs-elect join the parliament, it will help them fight both in and out of the House for realising their demand, including a fresh election under a neutral government.
Talking to the daily sun, a few central leaders of BNP said the party senior leaders held a series of meetings and discussed the issue of joining parliament but they could not reach a decision.
“BNP’s goes to parliament will mean acceptance of this illegal government. BNP chairperson also does not want her party’s MPs-elect to take oath,” a central leader of the party said, seeking anonymity.
A source said BNP leaders want to go to parliament on the basis of negotiations on some issues.
Eight were elected MP from Jatiya Oikya Front, a political combine comprising BNP, Gano Forum and several other small parties. Of them, six are from BNP and two from Gano Forum.Defying the decision of the coalition, Gano Forum leaders Sultan Muhammad Monsur took oath as a lawmaker on March 7 and Mokabbir Khan on Tuesday.
After taking oath, Sultan Monsur was expelled from Gano Forum while Mokabbir Khan claimed that he had taken oath as per the decision of his party.
Asked whether BNP MPs-elect will take oath, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday told daily sun: “We’ve already said that BNP won’t take oath.”
Replying to another question whether his party is planning to seek the release of chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole, he replied in the negative.
”We’re trying to create pressure on the government to secure her release. We’re carrying on movement to this end.”
Asked whether they are trying to go for an understanding with the ruling Awami League about Khaleda Zia’s release, Fakhrul said: “it is not correct.”
A senior BNP leader said they are now prioritizing Khaleda Zia’s treatment and are ready to do whatever is necessary for her better treatment and release from jail.
Some of the party leaders are also thinking if their MPs-elect take oath and go to parliament it will justify the 11th National Election and their allegation of irregularities in the polls will be ‘meaningless’.
On the other hand, some are of the view that the BNP MPs-elect should take oath and go to parliament to carry out political fight both in parliament and outside the parliament to realise their demand including holding an immediate election under a neutral government, sources added.
Talking to daily sun, a few central leaders of BNP said the party senior leaders held a series of meetings and discussed going to parliament but they couldn’t reach a final decision.
“If BNP goes to parliament, it will be a kind of recognition of the incumbent government. BNP chairperson also does not want her party’s MPs-elect take oath,” a central leader of the party said, seeking anonymity.
BNP sources said except Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, there are more five MPs-elect of the party.
Of the total six, three more MPs-elect are interested to take oath while the others want to remain loyal to the party chief Khaleda Zia and do not want to go to parliament without her.
Talking to daily sun, a senior BNP leader said the party may go to parliament finally if any negotiations with the Awami League take place over Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and the next parliament election.
He said they are thinking of two ways of her release from jail – one on parole for better treatment abroad and another is release after bail.
“Anything about her release from jail depends on her own decision. She does not want to go abroad after getting release on parole. She wants to be freed on bail,” a BNP leader said, asking not to be named.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had been taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital in the capital on Monday for her medical treatment.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir reiterated the party demand for better treatment in specialised hospital.
“We are seriously worried about her health condition. That is why we want Khaleda Zia to be taken to a specialised hospital for her proper treatment,” he said while talking to reporters.
BNP senior joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a milad mahfil at the party central office in Nayapaltan on Tuesday announced that the party will observe a token hunger strike at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital on Sunday demanding her Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.