Many leaders of BNP and its alliance partners are unhappy with the party’s last-moment decision to join parliament.
BNP sources said many senior leaders were completely in the dark about the party’s decision.BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman has taken the decision alone without any consent from his mother and party chairperson Khaleda Zia, they added.
Asked about the party’s decision, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed refused to say anything in this regard.
“I won’t say anything about it (taking oath by BNP lawmakers-elect),” he added.
Speaking at a programme at the National Press Club, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “A decision changes due to necessity of time. Time will say whether our decision is right.”
“Now you can ask me why I’m not taking oath when my party has decided to join parliament. I can say it’s also a strategy of our party.”
He further said: “I didn’t send any letter (to the speaker) seeking time to take oath. I didn’t take oath which is a decision of our party and it’s our party’s strategy too.”Earlier, BNP MPs-elect – Ukil Abdus Sattar (Brahmanbaria-2), Harun-ur Rashid Harun (Chapainawabganj-3), Aminul Islam (Chapainawabganj-2) and Mosharraf Hossain (Bagura-4) — took oath as members of parliament on Monday following the footstep of BNP lawmaker Zahidur Rahman Zahid. Hours after oath taking by the BNP lawmakers, Fakhrul told a press conference on Monday that in the current political perspective their party has decided to join parliament.
Tarique Rahman has taken the decision to go to parliament after talking with standing committee, party leaders and intellectuals, he said.
Earlier, BNP and its allies announced a boycott of parliament after rejecting the results of the December 30 general election and terming it ‘farcical’. BNP insiders said taking the surprised u-turn in politics, the party’s decision to go to parliament has made a large number of the party leaders and activists serious unhappy with the party high command.
Many senior leaders were totally in the dark about the decision.
If Khaleda Zia is not released from jail and the party couldn’t wage any effective movement in the next, BNP may get split, the sources added.
Talking to the daily sun, BNP vice-chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said, “The situation has become normalised after Mirza Fakhrul refrained from taking oath as MP.”
After this, the party will be able to protect its unity through showing the oath taking by five BNP lawmakers as a strategic reason.”
He said if the government does not see the BNP’s oath-taking as positive and Khaleda Zia is not released from jail, the government itself will be affected.
Some central leaders of BNP said Tarique Rahman alone has taken decision to take oath by the party’s lawmakers-elect to protect the party.
They said Khaleda Zia was not agreed to the decision to take oath by BNP MPs-elect and her release from jail on parole through making any understanding with the ruling Awami League.
“But Tarique Rahman took the decision to go to parliament without his mother’s consent,” said a leader.
Talking to the daily sun, some grassroots leaders of BNP criticised the party’s eleventh hour’s move to join parliament.
They raised a question why the party took a decision to boycott the local-government elections.
Leaders of the components of the BNP-led 20-party alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front have also become unhappy with the BNP high command for its u-turn in politics.
Asked about the oath taking by BNP lawmakers, Jatiya Oikya Front leader ASM Abdur Rob said, “The oath taking by BNP lawmakers cannot legalise the general election.
“If anything is done for the interest of any particular political party, it cannot stop people’s movement.”
Leader of the 20-party alliance Oli Ahmed said BNP didn’t make any discussion with them about the parliament-joining issue.
“People have been frustrated with this decision. We think this decision is whimsical,” he said.