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BNP standing committee meets today

Jamaat issue, greater unity to be discussed

  • Mohammad Al Amin
  • 28 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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BNP standing committee will hold an emergency meeting with opposition political parties for discussion about how to forge a greater unity ahead of the next parliament election.

Position of Jamaat in their alliance will also be discussed in the meeting.

“Our standing committee meeting will be held tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the current political situation of the country,” BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told the Daily Sun on Thursday.

BNP insiders said the party will discuss whether they will keep Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami in their

alliance or to decide what will be the position of the party of war criminals in their coalition.

The party will calculate loss and benefits of maintaining relation with Jamaat and cutting the link with the Islamist party.

They said the policymaking body in their meeting will discuss newly passed law on reconstitution of the election commission, their next course of action during the ongoing corona restriction and their next strategy of movement.

The party will also discuss their initiative for forging a greater political unity to wage simultaneous movement to realize their demand of holding the next parliament election under an election time non-party, neutral government.

A BNP senior leader wishing not to be named told the Daily Sun that Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, key ally of the 20-party alliance, is an obstacle on the way to forge the greater unity as many political parties do not come with the BNP due to its link with the Islamist party.

The BNP senior leaders are also divided over maintaining link with the Jamaat, the party of war criminals. As a large number of the party leaders think that though they have been forging tough movement several times but their movement is not attracting the international community due their link with the Islamist organization.

At the same time, the foreign powers including US and India also do not like the BNP’s involvement with the Jamaat.

“In this situation, we have to change our policy. The Jamaat issue may be discussed in the standing committee meeting as the matter is vital for forging the greater unity and for the diplomatic relations,” a member of the standing committee told the Daily Sun wishing not to be named.

He also said the party is also changing its political and movement strategy as they have been compelled to postpone their ongoing district level rallies at different districts due to the corona restrictions.

However, Khandaker Mosharraf claimed that “there is no agenda of our meeting about ditching link with Jamaat.”

He said they have already started discussion with the opposition political parties but the date and time of officially discussion has not been fixed yet.

The BNP leader also said their ongoing movement for the issue of permission to allow the party chairperson Khaleda Zia to go abroad for treatment is not also effective due to the worldwide Covid restriction. That’s why they want to divert their movement strategy to demand election time non-party, neutral government.

The BNP sources said after passing the election commission reconstitution law in the parliament, BNP has to redesign its movement strategy and that’s why they want to make their new strategy.

Earlier, holding a meeting of the BNP standing committee on Monday, the party has finalized an 11-point draft political strategy to make the ground for tough political movement to realize their demand of election under election time non-party government.

“We will share the draft strategy with other political parties during our discussion and then we may go for simultaneous movement,” another standing committee member of the party said.

However, talking to newsmen, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they hoped that they could complete their process to greater unity during the ongoing corona restrictions.

The much-talked-about bill "Appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners" has been passed in the parliament on Thursday.

Earlier, BNP standing committee in its meeting held on January 3 took a decision that the party would hold discussion with political parties to discuss the current political context of the country.

In another meeting of the party’s policymaking body held on December 27, they decided not to take part in the talks with the President as they think it will be a ‘pointless’ exercise.

In the mid-November last year, the BNP started movement demanding permanent release of Khaleda Zia and her better treatment abroad as the party observed hunger strike on November 20. BNP held rallies in 32 districts from December 22 to December 30 to force the government to allow its chairperson Khaleda Zia to go abroad.

As per the announcement on January 5, the party will hold rallies in the remaining around 40 organising districts from January 12 to January 22 on the same issue. But after holding few rallies, they party postponed its district rallies due to corona restrictions.