Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) inner conflict is growing on the election issue. The diehard followers of Tarique Zia are seriously unhappy over Dr Kamal Hossain’s way to resolve the crisis. Kamal Hossain has made it clear after the dialogue on Thursday that he finds no problem in taking part in the polls under the government of Sheikh Hasina.
On the other hand, it is clear from the rhetorics of senior BNP leaders like Goyeshwar Roy, …Rizvi and other hardliners that they want to give a crushing blow to Sheikh Hasina right now. According to their latest observation, war is the only solution. But Mirza Fakhrul, Moudud Ahmed and other moderate majority wants a systematic progress of the present political situation.
It is speculated that when the election schedule is announced whole nation will get into the election activities, and then the real position of both moderates and hardliners will become clear.
Political analysts are watching closely the moves taken by the two factions in BNP and their ally Dr. Kamal Hossain.
There is no denying that uncertainty and confusion now looms large over the politics and leadership of BNP after the dialogue held between Awami League-led 14-party alliance and Dr Kamala Hossain led Jatiya Oikyafront where BNP is a large component.
Besides, the party fell in fresh troubles over the leadership of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting Chairman Tarique Rahman as the High Court issued directives to the Election Commission not to accept the party’s amended constitution until the disposal of a ‘BNP activist’s’ plea to the commission against the amendments.
And this order triggered a debate whether Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman would be able to remain the party’s chairperson and senior vice chairman respectively as they have been convicted and sentenced in corruption cases.
According to article a person shall be disqualified for election as, or for being, a member of parliament who has been, on conviction for a criminal offence involving moral turpitude, sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release.
Apart from these, after the dialogue, remarks of BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain and secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir intensified frustration among the hardcore BNP leaders and activists across the country.
While Dr Kamal Hossain said everything is possible if talks are held with an open mind, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said their party is not satisfied over the talks with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led 14-party alliance.
BNP on Friday alleged that the hope generated among people to have a good deal to solve the political crisis through the talks between the ruling and major opposition alliance has started fading due to the government’s ‘stubborn’ attitude.
The hardliners said the attitude the ruling alliance demonstrated during the dialogue with Jatiya Oikyafront is an ominous sign for democracy and holding of a fair election.
As a result, the party’s dream to turn around and put pressure on the government to hold election under non-party government has faded away intensifying frustrations, uncertainty and confusion among the leaders and workers of the party.
The hardliners made it known they will not make any compromise over their chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail. And they will take to the streets to realise their seven-point demand if the government continues to show its rigid stance on not accepting those.